Switzerland is predominantly known for its watches, chocolate, banks and snow-covered Alps, yet many would be surprised to learn that parts of the country produce a variety of red and white wines.
Lavaux is perhaps the most well-known wine-producing site in Switzerland, especially because the vineyards there date back to the 11th century and are currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lavaux is also home to Vinorama, a cultural multimedia center devoted to all things relating to wine.
Vinorama offers tastings from local wine producers, and is sure to introduce visitors to grape varieties they have never tried before and possibly have never heard of. Vinorama contains almost 200 bottles of pinot noirs, chasselas, gamay, viognier, and others. The tasting packages that Vinorama offers include bread and cheese to complement the wine.
Swiss wines are rarely exported to the United States, so what a visitor may find in Lavaux is not likely to be available in his local liquor store. Wine-lovers and those that like to experience highly-local culture will find Lavaux the most worthwhile.
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