The “Caves Ouvertes” Open Wine Cellars in French Speaking Switzerland
You may have read our article about the “Offene Keller” or Open Cellar wine tasting events in German speaking Switzerland“ but did you know that there is an equivalent and much larger event in French-speaking Switzerland? The whole grape growing area in Suisse Romande is more extensive. The open cellar days are spread over a longer period of time so that you have an opportunity to visit as many as possible. Malin from MA LOVE DESIGN who lives in the Suisse Romande part of Switzerland has written about her favourites “Caves Ouvertes” which she visits every year. Below you can find some of her tips.
Epesses Nouveau 5th May 2018
Epesses on 5th May is a firm favourite. The whole village is transformed into one a big bar and the wine producers have stands all along the main road all the way through the village. The village is situated in the middle of the amazingly beautiful Lavaux wine district, which is UNESCO protected. Whilst enjoying the fine wines you can take in the amazing view of the vineyards, Lac Leman and the Alps towering in the background.
It is possible to take the train directly to Epesses but an even better suggestion is to get off at Cully and then walk up through the vineyards. You can enter and pay in either of the two main entrances of the village.
You pay CHF 25 to get a glass and then you can walk around and try any wine you like. If you pay CHF 80 you get a lunch included as well as some locally made cheese and a Vaudois sausage. In addition you’re given your own bottle (or pot) of Epesses white wine which you can take home with you. If you are vegetarian you may prefer to taste the wine and bring along your own food. There are great spots for having a picnic with a view.
For more information visit the Epesses Nouveau website here.
Geneva Area 26th May
Another favourite is Geneva on the 26th of May. This one covers a larger area and there are shuttle busses that take you each of the different vineyards. You could also go by bike and if you don’t have your own, you can rent one at Geneva train station. The whole area is beautiful to hike around too.
Domaine de la Deviniere
One of our favourite wine producers in the Geneva area is the Domaine de la Deviniere
Additionally this is one of the very few Swiss wine yards that do really organic wine. This place is always packed and a must-do. The “isolated” vineyards tend to have their own food stands, entertainment and music. In some of the villages, for example in Russin, you will find the whole village full of wine and food stands, one after the other.
Vins Vaudois from the Vaud Region 19th & 20th May
Another recommendation is the Vaud area. For information on the vineyards open in the Vaud please see here.
Click here for a list of several other wine activities in Vaud:
Valais / Wallis Wines Open Day 10th and 12th May
For information about the wine producers in the Wallis / Valais area please take a look here.
The information, photos and recommendations for wine tasting in the Suisse Romande region were provided by Malin from MA LOVE DESIGN. Ma Love produces beautiful Swiss home accessories. For more information please visit the Ma Love Design website.
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