Wine Tasting (Pre-Conference)

Lavaux Vineyards Unesco World Heritage Site

Join us for an unforgettable excursion to the Unesco World Heritage Site of Lavaux Vineyards. A bus will take us from the conference hotels on incredibly scenic trip through the vineyards to the town of Epesses. Here, we will have the chance to taste the typical wine (Chasselas and other local specialties), carefully selected by our host, Patrick Fonjallaz. The wine tasting will take place in the garden of the residence of Mr. Fonjallaz, with stunning views on the Swiss and French Alps (yes, like in the picture below!). After a short stroll through the vineyards, we will return by bus to EPFL, just in time for the welcome reception.


Au Clos de la République

The Fonjallaz family has been rooted in the village of Epesses since 1552, and our host Mr. Patrick Fonjallaz is the 13th generation winemaker in direct line pursing the family tradition related to the noble work of the vineyards and wine. The estate does not only boast the most stunning views on Lake Léman and the Alps, but also hosts century old oak barrels in the caves. Even Charlie Chaplin visited this vineyard as you will recognize on the photographs at the estate! For more information on the vineyard and estate, visit Au Clos de la République.

Au Clos de La République

Practical Information

Date: Sunday, 29 July 2018

Departure Time at Starling Hotel: 12h30

Departure Time at SwissTech Hotel: 12h35

Return: Arrival at EPFL: 16h40 (in time for welcome reception)

Participation Fee: 50.- CHF per person (not included in regular registration fee).

Registration: Please use the registration site. You can register at the same time as for the conference, or at any later time through the same registration interface. You can also add accompanying persons.

The fee includes: Transportation from and back to EPFL, tasting of a selection of local wines at the incredible location of Patrick Fonjallaz vineyard with stunning views, visit of the vinery and vineyards, assortment of local amuse-bouches (not a full meal).