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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces, Switzerland

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] The Vineyard Terraces of Lavaux is recognized as a World Heritage Site of Switzerland for being an outstanding example of the centuries-long interaction between humans and the environment. The vineyards cover a 30-km stretch of the south-facing northern shores of Lake Geneva. They are on the lower slopes of the high mountains, and are between the mountain villages and the lake side.

The area where the vineyard terraces of Lavaux are located has been inhabited since Roman times. The present vineyards however dates from a much later period, the 11th century, when the Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries were growing vineyards in the area.


Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Switzerland
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Switzerland
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The south-facing location of the vineyard terraces of Lavaux gives them maximum exposure to sunlight, providing a temperate climate with Mediterranean characteristics that is ideal for the grape vines. This harnassing of climate and terrain for human use is today celebrated by the World Heritage inscription, showing how local resources are optimized to produce good wine.

Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 31st session of the World Heritage Committee in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 23 June - 2 July, 2007.


Lavaux vineyards with Lake Geneva in the background
Lavaux vineyards with Lake Geneva in the background
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N46 29 31 E6 44 46
Inscription Year: 2007
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III, IV, V
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