Time 4 wine

Welcome to Terres de Lavaux, producers of exceptional wine from the UNESCO World Heritage vineyards.  With us, take time with wine. We respect the Swiss winemaking tradition, through all its stages: to the moment we taste, through the maturing of our wines in barrels and from the cultivation of our vineyards. We take the time to do things well.  The Swiss are known to be masters of time... and it is for this reason that they make beautiful watches. It is the same mastery of time, that allows them to make good wine...  read more...

Respect for tradition...

The story of Terres de Lavaux began in 1906, and spans over more than a century. During this time, through diversification and innovation we have broadened our range whilst maintaining  tradition...   read more...

Background history: A century at Terres de Lavaux

Since being founded in 1906, to today, we have selected the main stages that have marked the history of Terres de Lavaux...  read more...

Recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO: a timeless jewel

Tasting a wine from Terres de Lavaux, is tasting a wine from the UNESCO World Heritage Vineyard Site. We do our best in order to share this privilege, present in each of our bottles...   read more...

Core values

To make great wine, you need the best vineyards, but also, good principles.  We cultivate authenticity, excellence, innovation, passion, audacity, responsibility and customer care…. all the values, which we cherish...
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We take “Time when it comes to Wine”.  This is the resolution of fifty-seven vineyard owners that have come together for this unique brand located in Lutry, in the heart of Lavaux, a Swiss wine region of international fame.

 In our beautiful country, everything is a story of time. The whole world knows that Swiss watchmakers with their technological and artisanal prowess have achieved great feats for centuries.  Or we could say, those who master time also master wine.

From the wine grower who looks after his vines and carefully ages his wines in barrels, to the consumer who collects and stores his bottles for years, it is the same passion and the same meticulousness which are at work. This is more than a simple metaphor, it is a real philosophy.

With watch making and oenology there are very few differences. In the rushed world we live in, where everything is measured by the second, we wanted to take time to do things well and create unique wine in a traditional way, whilst taking into account the numerous transformations and new knowledge that have been acquired over the years.

Your turn, take the time to visit our website. Have a Timebreak  in Lavaux, come and visit our wine cellar in Lutry and try our wine.


Time 4 wine, for Terres de Lavaux, that means, first of all, respecting tradition. It was in 1906 that the vine growers of Lutry united together, combining their talents, to found what was to become Terres de Lavaux. Throughout history we have constantly improved our techniques whilst building on what the previous ancestors did to the best of their ability. The often steep and difficult to reach slopes and terraces mean that most of  the work is done by hand, right up to and including harvesting the grapes. In respecting tradition, we continue to honour these vines that have been there for centuries and produce renowned wines. We do our very best to maintain our collections and our grape varieties.

…progress, due to diversification

Progress has allowed us to move from a production mainly focused on Chasselas, (the traditional grape of  Swiss wine producers) to a diverse range of white and red varieties. They are often adapted to the different soil types in the region, and because of  the demand for faultless quality this has given rise to the implementation of technical and cultural innovations. Over the course of our hundred-year-old history, we have constantly adapted ourselves to the conditions of production so as to respect our objective by offering diversity to satisfy our customers.

1906  An auspicious start. A hundred wine growers united together, combining their talents, to form the creation of the Association Viticole Terres de Lavaux. The Chairman is Maurice Bujard.

1922  A promising start. 3,000 bottles from the 1921 harvest were labelled and sold under the name, Association Viticole de Lutry

1925  First medal: The first gold medal was obtained at the national exhibition of agriculture in Bern

1935  A prodigal year: An exceptional harvest obliged the committee of the Association to build tanks at the committee members dwellings to hold a total volume of 192 ' 000 litres.

1945  1st vintage:  An exceptional harvest: 620,000 litres. It was told, that, that was the best of the 20th century.

1949  Reward: The committee decided to give a reward for the best harvest.

1954  Six grape varieties: Six grape varieties are permitted. Three whites: Chasselas, Plant du Rhin (Sylvaner) and Pinot Gris and three reds: Pinot Noir, Gamay from Cudoz and Gamay from St Foix (Beaujolais)

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1957-1960  Transition Despite having a bad harvest in 1957 projects flourished: a new building, a new cellar man and a new press

1961  Red wine and Dorin: Started vinifying red wine. Gamay and Plant non grafted. In the same year we also saw the birth of Dorin, the generic name of white wine from Vaud.

 

1962  The story of Forban: Forban was the first Vaudois Gamay launched by the Lutry Viticole Society

1966  Three new borns: In the same year, the association launched Feu Follet, its first sparkling wine, renamed 2F in 2016. A classic, Robin of vines came into existence and Jolicoeur... an exclusive creation.

The 1970s  A new phase of transition took place with the association, during which interesting events continued.

The 1980s  The return: In terms of the harvest, 1982 and 1989 represent exceptional years.

1990  A revamp: The labels had a facelift and Plan-Joyeux white was created. The 1990 vintage was considered to be one of the 3 best of the century.

1992-93  New grape varieties: The creation of Plan-Joyeux red (which was in the beginning a simple blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay). Also, planting of the first Gamaret and Garanoir vines.

1994  Congratulations: The 93 Riesling-Sylvaner won a gold medal at the Ljublijana International Wine competition!

1996  Eurêka ! The creation of Eurêka  Wines LLC, a company importing foreign wine. The company took the opportunity to launch its website, being one of the first wine websites.

2000s  Into the future! Arrival of the Presidency, J.C Estoppey, the current President

2006  A great revival of the Centenary: 100th year anniversary of Lutry Viticole. Abandons a part of the name, ‘Association'. A new logo and 3 types of labels are created. Launch of the viticole gallery and the organisation of the first exhibitions. Creation of new labels (Orpheus, white specialities and Plan Joyeux)

2010  A new development! Lutry Viticole can welcome its guests to their new tasting room with a large balcony over looking the lake and the town of Lutry.

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2011  Quality upgrading: Creation of a new prestigious wine, “3G”

2012  Change of name: Lutry Viticole chooses a new name worthy of their wine - Terres de Lavaux. At the same time adopting a new logo created by Oscar Ribes.

2016  Wine labels improved: Estelle Hofer, the graphic-designer, designs new labels for the  “classic collection” regrouping the 3 chasselas (Lutry Tradition, Villette Robin des Vignes and Jolicoeur) as well as the newcomers; Epesses, Calamin, Dézaley, St Saphorin and also Songe Rose and Forban. To mark its 110th year, Terres de Lavaux LTD launched two special wines “Ma cuvée” and “2F”

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2017  Embracing the future: Terres de Lavaux can now offer more than 50 different wines to try in their tasting rooms. Launch campaign, “Time 4 wine” and “Take a break in Lavaux"

... pour l’héritage commun de l’humanité. Les vignes ne font pas exception à la règle et peuvent être inscrites comme des sites naturels. Lavaux regroupe un ensemble de vignobles en terrasses qui s’étend sur environ 30 km le long du versant orienté au sud sur les berges du lac Léman, du château de Chillon, juste à côté de Montreux, jusqu’aux faubourgs orientaux de Lausanne au cœur du canton de Vaud, les étroites terrasses, soutenues par des murs en pierre, couvrent le bas des pentes fortement inclinées entre les villages et le lac ».

Vous trouverez sur notre site une grande collection de vins classés au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco  http://www.unesco.ch

Le « Temps du vin » permet de donner tout son sens à cette classification émérite dont nous sommes si fiers. Jugez-en par vous-même. Le principal critère reconnu par l’organisation mondiale est que « Le paysage viticole de Lavaux présente d'une manière très visible son évolution et son développement sur près de mille ans, à travers un paysage et des bâtiments bien préservés et la continuité et l'évolution de traditions culturelles anciennes spécifiques à cette région ». Un autre critère, toujours lié à la temporalité est que « le paysage de vignoble de Lavaux est un exemple exceptionnel témoignant de siècles d'interaction entre la population et son environnement d'une nature très spécifique et très productive, optimisant les ressources locales pour produire un vin hautement prisé qui fut une ressource importante de l'économie locale ».

 

L’authenticité  Avec plus d’un siècle d’existence, Terres de Lavaux entretient une tradition faite de savoir-faire, d’expérience et d’amélioration continue. Cette authenticité est pour vous une garantie de qualité.

L’excellence  Face à la concurrence des vins étrangers et aux nombreux producteurs locaux Terres de Lavaux a mis la barre très haut en matière de qualité. Elle vise l’excellence.

L’innovation  Innover est pour Terres de Lavaux une seconde nature. Depuis notre création nous n’avons cessé d’aller de l’avant en anticipant les demandes des consommateurs afin de mieux les satisfaire. Introduction de nouveaux cépages et amélioration constante des méthodes de culture et de vinifications.

President J.C. Estoppey and the Director J. M. Gosteli

President J.C. Estoppey and the Director J. M. Gosteli

L’audace  Parce que la vigne est exigeante, que la météo est parfois ingrate et les consommateurs veulent le meilleur, nous avons fait de l’audace une de nos valeurs. Toujours aller de l’avant ettrouver de nouvelles solutions, cela fait partie de nos engagements.

La responsabilité  Qu’il s’agisse d’environnement ou d’entreprise, Terres de Lavaux se veut une entreprise responsable. Ainsi nous employons une méthode de culture biologique que nous appelons adaptative et nous accueillons nos collaborateurs et nos équipes de vendangeurs dans un esprit de convivialité. Toutes ces méthodes font partie de notre culture d’entreprise et elles contribuent à la qualité de nos vins.

La passion  Tous les vignerons qui participent à l’aventure Terres de Lavaux sont de véritables passionnés. Ils cultivent l’amour de la vigne et du vin à chaque instant.

L' esprit de service  Sur notre site Internet ou sur notre espace de dégustation, Terres de Lavaux met tout en oeuvre pour mieux vous accueillir et vous guider parmi nos nombreux vins. Sur notre site Internet, nos réseaux sociaux ou en boutique, nous vous informons, vous conseillons afin de vous faciliter l’achat.