Winegrower’s Festival in Lake Geneva

by Angelique Platas

Mar 30, 2019

Lake Geneva, Switzerland


Running along the border of Switzerland and France, the stunning Lake Geneva is more than just a pretty body of water. This scenic locale also happens to be smack-dab in the middle of a diverse wine-growing region — with fine grapes and a fun festival to prove it. The Fête des Vignerons, or the Winegrower’s Festival, is hosted July 18–Aug. 11, and offers any level wine connoisseur an excuse to visit.

Named a UNESCO World Intangible Heritage in 2016, the Vitner’s Festival is a spectacle to say the least. The tradition is centuries old and takes place in Vevey, Switzerland, every 20–25 years. The festival consists of a theatrical performance, paying tribute to regional winegrowers, and symbolizes love and hope, and honors the earth, Man and cultural traditions.

More than 20,000 guests are expected to visit the open-air, lakeside arena, located at the heart of Vevey, boasting more than 20 performances, consisting of thousands of dancers, singers and actors — all organized by Confrérie des Vignerons, the Brotherhood of Winegrowers.

After the show, guests take to the streets and enjoy more live music, open wine cellars and food stalls. Since the festival is such a rarity, it’s a hot commodity for wine lovers. Celebrate the local culture and historic tradition while walking through vineyards, sipping wine and tasting seasonal fare.


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