Discover Switzerland: Day 3 – Off to Lavaux Wineyard Terrance
I had enough of the rain and darkness so we packed our things and heading out west to the French part of Switzerland. It is insane how different the weather shifted going 3 hours and 15 minutes west to Lavaux.
I had enough of the rain and darkness so we packed our things and heading out west to the French part of Switzerland. PL and I are big winery people so we could not turn down the opportunity to explore Lavaux Wineyard Terrance, a UNESCO site.
It is insane how different the weather shifted going 3 hours and 15 minutes west to Lavaux. We left Zurich around 10am. We took the IC5 towards Geneve-Aeroport exit Yverdon-les-Bains. We were on it for a good hour and 45 mins or so. Finally, we took the S5 from Bex to Epesses for 45 mins.
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WHERE TO STAY:
We decided to stay at the Hotel Lavaux due to the high recommendation rate it received. Our stay decent. The rooms were comfortable and we were located on Lake Geneva and Lavaux vineyards. For a night at Hotel Lavaux, we paid about $156USD for a standard twin room. We could not check in until 3pm. It was only one in the afternoon so we dropped our belongings at the hotel and decided to explore the area and find lunch.
Lavaux was gorgeous. Our hotel was off a main road that separates Lake Geneva and Lavaux Vineyard. The vineyards were uphill so we had to trek our way up. We were on a mission to find food and wine. Unfortunately, due to COVID, all the vineyards required advance reservations. Most of the wineries were closed despite of signs indicating that they were open. It was a great disappointment. It was also past 2pm at this point and all the restaurants were closed. We decided to take this time to explore a little and head back to rest before grabbing dinner downstairs in our hotel at 5pm.
5pm rolled around and we headed to the hotel restaurant, L’Atelier for some pizzas. Little did we know that food was not offered until 7pm. We tried not to let that get to us. We ordered our first glass of wine. Switzerland is known for their white wines and only 5% of all swiss wines are imported. With that said, you can practically only get Swiss wine in Switzerland. Along with our wine, our servers delivered a small bowl of assorted nuts and pretzels. Thank goodness. I would die without this bowl. This is all I need to get my evening started!
Auberge Du Vigneron
7pm is here but we decided to test our luck at another restraurant. During lunch time, we passed by a restaurant that was popping that we decided to check it out for dinner. We splurged on our meal ordering wine after wine. I cannot say how much each glass of wine cost but I ordered the beef entrecote with red wine butter, veggies, and potatoes for CHF 44. We also ordered dessert. We had our server choose a dessert for us and he settled on a traditional dessert made with rum (I believe). I am not a fan of raisins so I probably would not order the dessert again. Overall. the service was great, the food was superb, and the wine was out of this world. Oh, and you cannot miss the beautiful view. Highly recommended.
It was dark and there were barely any lights on our walk to our hotel. It was late but we were not ready to call it a night. PL and I decided to make one last stop at L’Atelier for a glass of wine and a Tiramisu with Forest Fruits. Best way to end the night.