Discovering Lavaux and its wines

A UNIQUE PLACE, In this space both welcoming and informative, Lavaux Vinorama is the center for the discovery of the wines and terraced vineyards of Lavaux, an area registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can explore the cultural and sensorial aspects of wine and its origins. Its mission : to promote the values of this exceptional vineyard

Vinorama

The building, in the original architectural concept and respectful of the environment, is perfectly integrated into a rehabilitated site, next to a magnificent waterfall. The cordial bar where are exposed various vines of the vineyard or the meeting room and banquets, will welcome your outings with friends, corporate events, buffet cocktails and different events.

The hi-tech projection room allows to live in 8 languages (FR/EN/DE/ES/IT/RU/JP/CHN) the time of "Une Année vigneronne" in Lavaux by the magic of a spectacular movie which illustrates the work of the grower-vintner throughout the seasons in this exceptional wine producing region.

Lavaux Vinorama : the vineyard in your glass
Presents more than 290 wines from all over the region: its numerous Chasselas, the characteristic varietal of the zone, its elegant and powerful reds, its specialty whites, its dessert wines... Try in our tasting room, or take home for your cellar.

A welcoming and smiling team

  • Monica Tomba : manager
  • Sylvie Meli : administrative assitant
  • Marie Walch : service and wines manager
  • Patricia Riedi : accounting department

Our team of professionals will guarantee you a personalized service


Historic


Middle Ages the hydraulic power of the Forestay falls is exploited. Four mills are established between Chexbres and Lac Léman. The one located on this site belongs to the estate of the nearby Château de Glérolles which was built in the XIIth Century.

1420 First record in writing confirming the existence of a mill at the base of the waterfall. Until the XXth century numerous owners succeed each other at the mill without interruption.

1917 it is being purchased by the cooperative of Lausanne and Vevey under the name of « Minoterie coopérative du Léman à Rivaz » (MCL). From now on a new era of steady development and extensions profoundly changes the architecture of the site : building of large silos, demolition of the Roman bridge and construction of railway track connecting the mill with Rivaz station.

1970 MCL becomes « Minoterie Coop Rivaz » (MCR). Due to the lack of space at the base of the cascade new installations are built in Puidoux (from1975)

1998 association with the Stadtmühle CMZ Zürich under the new name Swissmill SA

2001 closure of the Rivaz site. For the mills of Rivaz this signifies the end of an uninterrupted industrial activity lasting over half a millennium.

2002 the Fondation des Moulins de Rivaz acquires the premises and plans a new purpose for the site

2004-2010 phase of demolition of the silos of the silos and various building followed by a conversion of the site

2010 opening of the LAVAUX VINORAMA (in May)

GROWERS-VINTNERS, THE ARTISANS OF WINE
Families of growers-vintners have created the terrain of Lavaux over the centuries. Day after day these wine artisans work towards the quality of the final product. At Vinorama you will find the largest assortment of Lavaux wines.

VARIETALS AND TERROIRS, THE IDENTITY OF WINE
A particular grape varietal will develop a specific character depending on the nature of the soil in which it is grown. Get an insight into the compositions of the 8 areas of production in Lavaux, thanks to our geoliths. Cross-sections of sub-surface soil, created by H. Detomasi. The principal grape varietals of Lavaux can be found growing on the site, alongside the South parking area.

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Contacts and opening hours


LAVAUX VINORAMA

Discovery centre of the vineyard
and the wines of Lavaux
Route Cantonale 2, CP 118
CH- 1071 Rivaz

+41 21 946 31 31
www.lavaux-vinorama.ch
info@lavaux-vinorama.ch

For group visits,
reservations are a must.
Thank you very much


Opening hours

June at the end of October :
open daily from 10h30 to 20h00
except Sunday from 10h30 to 19h00

Sunday October 22nd 2017, exceptional closure (Lausanne marathon)

Mid-January at the end of May, November and December :
Wednesday to Saturday from 10h30 to 20h00
Sunday from 10h30 to 19h00
closed on Monday and Tuesday

Open on public holidays