Sitting above the northern shores of Lake Geneva in the Canton of Vaud in Switzerland, Lavaux decorates the coastline with its stone wall terraces and vines.
In the 13th century, monks constructed these dividers as a way to effectively plant vines despite the steep gradient of the land. The unique and beautiful structure of the man-made terraces is why Lavaux became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
The vineyards are positioned between Lausanne and Chillon Castle and stretch for about 18 miles. Visitors are welcome to walk the many marked pathways through the villages to sample the region's wines. You can also tour the vineyards by train.
Besides Chasselas, which is the most widespread white wine variety throughout Switzerland, Plant Robert and Pinot Noir are other grape varieties produced in Lavaux. Your visit is not complete without a stop at Lavaux Vinorama in Rivaz on Lake Geneva, a modern building at the center of the vineyards where you can sample more than 250 different local wines and watch a behind-the-scenes documentary about Lavaux in the screening room.