An hour train ride from Geneva and you're in the UNESCO Heritage Protected Lavaux wine region where golden-green vines cling to steep hills overlooking Lac Léman (the local name for Lake Geneva). We stopped in the wine-tasting town of Saint-Saphorin and tried some fruity and delicate local Chassellas white wines at several small, family-owned cellars. The day we visited there was a village-wide wine tasting and we walked the narrow lanes of the village from winery to winery—delightful! For added adventure and a bit more exercise, there's the "Terrasses de Lavaux" hiking trail that winds from Saint-Saphorin to Lutry. You can also steep yourself in history as well as great vintages with a visit to the Swiss Reformed Church in town which is built on the ruins of a Gallo-Roman villa (those Romans appear to have preferred to settle in rich wine country!). The entire village of Saint-Saphorin is listed on the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites for its historic significance.
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