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A summer long wine extravaganza in Vevey, a cultural heritage that only happens a few times per century

Scenic Switzerland gears up for the wine festival of a generation

Fête des Vignerons 2019, Vevey is a summer-long wine extravaganza that only happens a few times per century.

Recognised on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage, if you don’t see it this year you’ll have to wait another two decades or so. The event runs from 18 July to 11 August 2019 and takes place in the specially constructed 20,000 seat arena in the main town square, Place du Marché, next to Lake Geneva—that’s lac Léman in these parts.

Be sure to try a glass of the wine created specifically for the event, which uses grapes from every single village in the region. With the fendant flowing and the music pumping, the reserved Swiss put on their party hats.

This summer, what happens in Vevey, stays in Vevey! www.fetedesvignerons.ch

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© This article was first published in June-July 2019 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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