There are two major wine tasting events in Switzerland during the first weekend of June.
Too bad they are happening around the same time!
First we kickoff with the Caves Ouvertes in Vully immediately followed a day later by the Caves Ouvertes in the canton of Vaud. Decisions, decisions!
Caves Ouvertes – Vully
June 2 @ 10:00 – June 4 @ 17:00
If the Vaud Caves Ouvertes is too daunting for you, there is another option during the same weekend which is much smaller and relaxed in the beautiful 3 lakes region. This is the smallest of the 6 main winemaking regions of Switzerland.
Note: Though most of this area falls under the canton of Vaud, bordering Neuchatel and Fribourg, it has a slightly different schedule than the Vaud caves ouvertes.
Along the Murtensee, Lac de Morat, there are 24 wineries that will have their doors open during the following times:
- 2nd June, 16h-20h
- 3rd June, 10h-20h
- 4th June, 10h-17h
Most of the vineyards are concentrated around Praz, Vully and proximity. I would recommend to start there and you can hike to several others along the lake. There is no local navette bus service but there is some transport between the two ends of the region, and there is parking areas in each of the participating villages.
The link to our event calendar has more details:
Map of the region and location of the wineries:
Caves Ouvertes Vaudoises
June 3-4 @ 10:00 – 18:00 daily
The other wine tasting event mentioned is the annual canton of Vaud Caves Ouvertes, which is the second largest wine region in Switzerland and stretches along Lac Leman from the border of the canton of Geneva in La Côte all the way around and out to the end of the lake in Chablais.
More than 300 winemakers are participating in the wine tasting event where you can sample the latest vintages and purchase wine directly. Food is also offered at some of the locations.
A memorable weekend is guaranteed and it is a great opportunity to explore the region and visit some villages or regions of Vaud that you haven’t had a chance to see before.
There are some spectacular views in Lavaux, which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site with terraced vineyards dating back to Roman times. That’s a worth a day trip alone.
It is only 20 CHF for a glass and “passport” which includes free transportation to and from villages and main train stops along the way.
You can find more information on the SwissWino events calendar:
SwissGrapes – Portes Ouvertes d’été
June 10 @ 10:00 – 17:00
Taste some of the best wines from Switzerland!
My friends at SwissGrapes are having an Open Cellar of the Summer event at their location in Bursinel. A great opportunity to taste some of the best wines from the various wine regions of Switzerland without having to travel there!
There will be a dinner offered after the open cellar, you will need to reserve directly with SwissGrapes if interested.
For more information on the dinner and to make a reservation go here:
To learn more about SwissGrapes, read my blog post about them:
Hope to see you there! Tell them SwissWino sent you!
DÉGUSTATION DU NEUCHÂTEL ŒIL-DE-PERDRIX
June 21 @ 17:00 – 20:00
This is a public wine tasting event of the 2016 Neuchâtel Œil-de-Perdrix, their famous regional rosé wine, hosted by Neuchâtel-vins-terroir. It will be held outside of the city hall, otherwise known as Hôtel-de-Ville de Neuchâtel.
The top Œil-de-Perdrix wine producers from the region will be offering tastings of their latest vintage. The price includes a tasting glass.
Great way to learn more about this excellent wine and find out which is your favorite just in time to enjoy with your summer barbecues and swims in the lake.
For more info see the SwissWino Events Calendar link:
SwissWino says, “Happy wine tasting and hope you enjoy the summer!”