An ideal honeymoon for wine lovers

16 May 2013

An ideal honeymoon for wine lovers

Honeymooners can now pour over Geneva’s vineyards and drink in the sights with Switzerland’s longest vineyard trail

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Wine loving honeymooners now have the chance to discover one of Geneva’s best kept secrets with the launch of a new Wine Trail in May 2013, with visitors invited on an exciting excursion through the acres of vineyards, located just minutes from the bustling city centre.

Three bespoke itineraries have been created, offering a unique insight into Geneva’s burgeoning wine industry, which dates back over 2000 years and it’s stunning countryside. With over 78km of routes to be explored, honeymooners can join a group or simply stroll at their leisure, soaking up information about the different grape varieties, learning about the wine-making process and sampling some of the world-class local produce as they go (within wineries opening hours). And with unescorted groups able to roam free of charge, there is no better way to immerse yourself in one of the cornerstones of Geneva’s culinary culture.

Head along the banks of the famous Rhône and follow the 32km ‘Rive Droite’ tour which passes through Switzerland’s largest wine growing village, Satigny. Nestled at the heart of the Geneva countryside, the village offers exceptional views of the surrounding mountains, including the famous Mont Salève. The eight hour round trip not only showcases the local grape varieties, but also the traditional wine-growing communities such as Bourdigny-Dessous, Choully, Peissy, Russin, Dardagny and Malval. Visitors depart from the gates to the famous CERN research centre before winding their way along the route, soaking up the stunning views as they go.

Or take a sparkling walk through the ‘Champagne’ region with the ‘Entre Arve et Rhône’ tour (27km) and stop off to try local cuisine at any one of the restaurants which range from family-run auberges to award-winning fine dining, all of which are perfectly matched with local wines. A slightly shorter route – it is estimated to take six hours and 40 minutes to complete at a leisurely pace – this walk takes you to the most westerly corner of the wine country, which follows the border with France before climbing to the Signal de Bernex, the second highest point within the Canton of Geneva.

Here one can discover the Vigne des Nations, a state-owned vineyard, first named after Geneva’s famous association with the United Nations. Just 5,000 bottles of wine are produced here each year, the majority of which are used at official State functions. While there are plenty of opportunities to learn as you go, the Maison du Terroir at Lully, located at the heart of Geneva’s wine country, is a must-visit towards the end of the walk. It offers a comprehensive look at the history of agriculture and viticulture in the region, championing the local produce for which Geneva is rightly famed.

Finally, the ‘Entre Arve et Lac’ (19km) walk hugs the left bank of the Rhône with visitors able to discover traditional Geneva with tours through charming historic villages such as d’Anières, Corsier, Gy, Jussy, Lullier and Choulex, each of which have their own distinct charm. The trail starts at Hermance, which is also accessible by boat, with visitors able to soak up stunning views of the city of Geneva before venturing ‘inland’ offering a taste of the finest Geneva countryside.

Geneva is Switzerland’s third largest wine producer, although with very little exported internationally, its high-quality wines are not well-known. The new Wine Trail will offer the first real opportunity for members of the public to visit the vineyards and learn about the skills associated with viticulture.

Don’t hear about it on the grapevine, visit www.geneveterroir.ch or download Geneva Terroir application to find out more about the new Wine Trail and uncork another amazing experience in Geneva, www.geneva-tourism.ch

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