Steeply terraced vineyards of the Lavaux region on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland
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A crush in Lavaux
The 'crush season,' aka the grape harvest, has arrived in this picturesque Swiss scene. The steeply terraced vineyards of the Lavaux region along Lake Geneva's northern shore produce the grapes for some of the best wine in the country. The vine terraces can be traced back to the 11th century, when Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries controlled the area. A Unesco World Heritage Site since 2007, Lavaux is the largest contiguous vineyard region in Switzerland. It's known for producing Chasselas wine, a full, dry and fruity white wine that goes well with Swiss raclette cheese. Visitors enjoy hiking between the vines and wine tasting at local cellars in the villages along the lake. We’ll toast to that!