The Lavaux Vinorama, which hosts visitors and also plays an educational role, is one-of-a-kind: it serves as a discovery centre for the wines and terraced vineyards of Lavaux, whose vineyards are recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The building’s original architectural design, respectful of the environment, fits perfectly into the renovated natural site and sits next to a magnificent waterfall. Inside, a bar has some 300 wines for tasting, from throughout the Lavaux vineyards area: a number of Chasselas wines, an emblematic grape from the region, elegant and powerful red wines, white specialties, dessert wines and more. They can be drunk at the bar or carried out. A hi-tech film viewing room brings to life, in eight languages, the “Year of the Vigneron” in Lavaux, through a spectacular film that has been honoured by three prizes at the International Oenovidéo Festival of vine and wine. It depicts the work of the vigneron through the seasons in this exceptional vineyards region.
A small path leads the visitor along a stream and up to the heart of vineyards, where the splendour of this area can be enjoyed at its best.
Visits and wine-tasting – days and opening hours
February to May, November and December:
Wednesday to Saturday, from 10:30 to 20:30, Sunday, from 10:30 to 19:00.
June to October:
Open daily from 10:30 to 20:30, except Sunday: 10:30 to 19:00.
Route du Lac 2 – 1071 Rivaz
Tél. +41 21 946 31 31
A small footpath has led, since 2015, from Chemin de la Dame in Rivaz to the lake, passing by the Caveau-museum built on the ruins of the Swissmill grain mill at the edge of the cantonal road. The trail goes along the Forestay stream then crosses over it, via a small bridge that links the two communes and appellations of Saint Saphorin and Dézaley.
The development of green tourism
This invitation to pass through the vines using a trail one metre wide offered by four owners doesn’t bother the vignerons – “they’ve bought into the project,” says Vincent Chappuis, president of the Foundation and former mayor of Rivaz. He himself is a vigneron. The wonderfully bucolic walk weaves its way along the stone walls, through a gorge, crosses over the waterfall, offering at each turn on the path a breathtaking view. The trail is one more notch in the green tourism offer.