Travel: A weekend in… Lausanne, Switzerland

Domaine Croix-Duplex, Grandvaux

Travel 25mins by train along the railway line that tickles the edge of Lake Geneva and you’ll come to Domaine Croix-Duplex, a small, beautiful vineyard founded in 1929 by Samuel Vogel an engineer when he bought a small piece of land in the upper part of Grandvuax. It’s remained in the Vogel family and now is run by his Grandson (also Samuel) and his sister Maude. The wines are light and fresh and the terrace with it’s Lake Geneva panorama is a wonderful setting to slow down and breathe deeply the pure fresh Alpine air (in between sips). My personal favourite is the ‘Les Fleurettes’, a blend of Resling, Sylvaner, Muscat Ottonel and Chasselas grapes.

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Tout un Monde, Grandvaux

Down the hill from the vineyard in the village of Grandvaux is Tout un Monde, a restuarant with reputation for unhurried service that is very popular with the locals. The views from the terrace over the UNESCO Heritage site are spectacular; food wise, the focus at Tout un Monde is on quality locally sourced ingredients, my fish caught straight from the lake was so fresh it tried to jump back in. It’s just as well the walk back to the station is uphill as the desserts are as equally rewarding. One thing, eating out well in Switzerland generally isn’t the cheapest and you can expect to pay 60-70CHF (£40-50) per person with wine.

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