Watch and Cow’s speciality is exhibiting your visitors the key corners of Switzerland – and this week-long wine tour is not any exception. Good for oenophiles, foodies, and people looking for a visit with a distinction, this itinerary brings you one of the best of Switzerland’s wineries by way of Geneva, Vaud and Valais.
In true Swiss-style, there’ll be loads of breathtaking surroundings to soak in and opulent accommodations to take pleasure in. Your visitors can be sipping on Switzerland’s speciality varietals and eating in Michelin-starred eating places, all with the snow-capped Alps as a backdrop. It doesn’t get significantly better than that!
Amongst our solutions for a luxurious lodge in Geneva is the Four Seasons des Bergues.
This landmark five-star lodge sits on the shores of Lake Geneva, boasting unimaginable views of the lake and its Alpine environment. It’s refined and has all of the bells and whistles, from indulgent suites and a rooftop spa to a Michelin-starred Italian restaurant. Upscale buying, galleries and restaurant are simply across the nook.
Impeccable meals, service, and services with a waterfront location – what’s to not love?
Different accommodations we love are La Réserve Hotel – positioned exterior of town, visitors switch right here in a non-public boat and may entry town when ever they need with transfers throughout te lake. Additionally the charming Beau-Rivage with wonverfil views throughout Lake Geneva.
Geneva’s castles and vineyards.
A mixture of fairytale surroundings, castles and wine is on the playing cards as your visitors discover the countryside round Lake Geneva. They’ll get out of town and uncover a wealth of gastronomic and historic wonders, visiting one of many principal vineyards of the Genevan “mandement” and exploring quaint villages on the way in which.
Your visitors can be in good arms, accompanied by a specialist native information who is aware of all there may be to know in regards to the native grapes. They’ll study in regards to the wine manufacturing course of, from grape to glass. And naturally, some samples can be included. Lunch can be served on the great 2-Michelin-starred restaurant, Domaine Chateauvieux of Philippe Chevrier.
High all of it off with a fort go to for a dose of native historical past. Pre-wine, in fact.
Wine tasting in La Côte Wine Area.
The journey to Lausanne brings your visitors by way of the wine area of La Côte. They’ll cease in Féchy to meet with Raymond Paccot, the proprietor of a family-run winery that prides itself in its biodynamic strategy to winemaking. The area is greatest identified for producing gentle white wines from the Chasselas grape, a varietal discovered all through Europe however generally seen in Switzerland.
And it wouldn’t be full with out scrumptious meals to clean down all that scrumptious wine. Lunch is up at revered restaurant, l’Ermitage des Ravet.
In Lausanne, there’ll be time to discover, benefit from the lakeside views and pay a go to to the Olympic Museum.
For a luxurious lodge in Lausanne, look no additional than Hôtel Beau-Rivage Palace.
This historic five-star lodge sits in an space of pure magnificence on the shores of Lake Geneva, only a stone’s throw from the centre of Lausanne. It’s been internet hosting visitors since 1861 and whereas its decor is classically luxurious, it’s been given a facelift to convey it into the twenty first Century. The ultimate result’s a chic lodge with pampering services.
4 hectares of gardens encompass the Beau-Rivage Palace, providing respite from Lausanne’s vigorous centre. The services and repair are world-class, and the restaurant boasts 2 Michelin stars. Anybody staying right here is in for a deal with.
UNESCO protected wine tasting in Lavaux
Lavaux might be Switzerland’s most well-known wine area and has protected UNESCO standing. To the extent that even the wine is protected and may solely be drunk in Lavaux – naturally, exploring vineyards and having fun with tastings is one of the simplest ways to benefit from this lovely area. For lively travellers, there’s even a climbing route that takes you previous all of the vineyards!
The wine right here remains to be harvested by hand and so solely a small quantity is produced yearly, making it much more unique. The primary cease is the village of Chexbres, for a wine tasting on the Domaine Christophe Francey, one among 5 wine estates in Lavaux.
Two nights have been included right here to soak up one of the best of the area’s wines and surroundings, each of that are effectively well worth the go to. Experience on the cogwheel practice to the highest of Rochers-de-Naye for picturesque panoramas throughout Lake Geneva and proceed on the area of Chablais. In Chablais, a go to to the well-known Domaine de la Pierre Latine is included.
The place to remain in Lavaux Area
In Montreux, we suggest the five-star Hotel Fairmont Montreux Palace.
This elegant lodge can also be on the shores of Lake Geneva, surrounded by hovering Alpine peaks. It has all of the services you’d anticipate from a five-star lodge, together with a spa, restaurant, bars, and health club. Service is improbable and the concierge is ready to organise bike excursions across the lake for an extra deal with. Wind down with yoga, pilates or a swim within the spa swimming pool.
In Lavey, we suggest the Grand Hotel des Bains.
This four-star lodge is surrounded by greenery and appears out throughout the Dents du Midi mountains. It’s a snug alternative with nice services, however the piece de resistance is the thermal swimming pools within the backyard. Friends of the lodge have complimentary entry to the intensive out of doors swimming pools, saunas, hammams and leisure areas. Soak within the thermal waters and unwind after days of exploring the vineyards, while having fun with the mountain surroundings.
Observe within the footsteps of nomadic wine growers.
Journey into the canton of Valais for the ultimate portion of this itinerary, following within the footsteps of nomadic wine growers in Plan-Cerisier. Go to the wine growers’ houses, referred to as mazots, and be charmed by the genuine village tradition. Pattern Valais vintages and discover the roots of this distinctive lifestyle. Hike by way of the villages and study extra about biodynamic wine manufacturing, which has been on the rise within the area.
A former winegrower’s hut has been reworked right into a hole-in-the-wall joint the place lunch can be dished up. On the ultimate day, go to (amongst others) the distinctive St Jodern vineyard, dwelling to uncommon free-standing vines.
The place to remain in Valais
Our alternative of distinctive luxurious properties in Valais is Chetzeron.
This former gondola carry station has loads of attraction – and because of its elevated place at 2,112masl, the views are fairly mindblowing. Chetzeron is a four-star lodge that sits on the slopes on the Crans-Montana ski space in winter. In summer season it turns into a peaceable alpine meadow, excellent for climbing and exploring. The design is easy however fashionable, modelled on traditional chalets with a contemporary twist. Amenities and repair are improbable but it surely’s actually all about these views.
Chetzeron can also be part of Switzerland’s official Gradual Meals motion, dedicated to solely serving meals that’s domestically sourced and in season, decreasing the environmental impression of their restaurant.
For one thing completely different we additionally love the Anakao Lodge. Luxurious lodging in refurbished particular person “Mayens” which had been small chalets utilized by farmers after they would keep within the mountains with their herds.
Alternatively, there’s The Crans for a five-star resort expertise.
The Crans is a big, chalet-style property that’s perched above the Crans-Montana ski space. Spectacular alpine views encompass, whereas contained in the decor is cosy and complicated. Every room sort is called after a well-known mountain or mountain vary, with decor reflecting the area, from Nepal to