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Last Friday, members of the AIWC group Friday Morning Hikes trekked through the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site overlooking Lake Geneva. We began in the charming village of St. Saphorin, climbed to Rivaz, Epesses, Riex, Grandvaux, and Aran, and ended the hike by descending into Lutry.

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It is my favorite time of year for this hike. The leaves in the vineyards are turning vibrant shades of orange, crimson and yellow. Grapes are being harvested from the vine, and the peaks of the French pre-alps across the lake are dusted with the first snows of the season.

It takes approximately 3.5-4 hours to walk between St. Saphorin and Lutry. Our group of 12 brought packed lunches and picnicked just past Riex.

It was a good day for this hike. Though more sunshine would have been welcome, the cooler temperatures in the vineyards and the fog across the lake signaled that we are deep into autumn – a perfect time of year to experience Lavaux.

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For More Information: View the details of this hike on geotrails.ch by clicking here. Read our previous post on Exploring Lavaux in all the seasons by clicking here. This post includes information on how to visit Lavaux by car, train, and touristic train, as well as information about local destination Lavaux Vinorama.

We are a group of international women living in Geneva, Switzerland.  If you would like to join the AIWC, please visit our website at http://www.aiwcgeneva.org/.