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“Must see in Switzerland!”

Swiss Riviera Wine Tours
Ranked #1 of 4 Food & Drink in Montreux
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Swiss Riviera Wine Tours organizes exclusive private wine tours with lunch & your own personal wine & culture guide. We enjoy wine tastings in the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, overlooking Lake Geneva, as well as Chateau wine tours of the Chateau de Chillon and Chateau de Aigle at the entry door to the Swiss Alps. The Lavaux vineyards are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Program as well as one of the sites on Google's World Wonders Project. You'll enjoy an exclusive & warm welcome presenting wonderful Swiss specialty wines and delicacies. Our offices are located in the heart of Montreux.
Reviewed 23 July 2014

We had a large group of 50 people that did a wine tour, tasting and lunch. Nicholas, Lloyd, and Simon were pro's and treated our group like VIPs. Despite the rainy weather that day, they made the tour fun, interesting and our group didn't want to leave! We extended the tour an extra hour. Our guests said this was by far the best day they had in Switzerland. I will definitely use them again, whether it be for a large group, or small gathering, they know Swiss wine!

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

You can tell from the moment you meet Nicholas and Lloyd that they truly love what they do. Their knowledge abounds. They made our day in Switzerland one to remember. We did the private Chateau tour and it was worth every penny! Experiencing Swiss wine in such beautiful settings is something not to be missed!

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Host and owner of Swiss Riviera Wine Tours, Nicolas Abundo and his sidekick/wine expert Lloyd guided us on a very unique tour of the Swiss wine region in Lavaux, Switzerland (located in Canton Vaud and a UNESCO World Heritage Region).

The wine production in this region is in terraces and quite compact along the mountain side overlooking beautiful Lake Geneva. As wine production in Switzerland is quite small and distributed mostly regionally, it was an exceptional opportunity to view the wine industry first hand and to sample various Swiss wines (all of which were quite excellent and are not available in the United States).

We were conveniently picked up and safely returned to our hotel in downtown Lausanne by Nicolas in a modern, clean, and spacious Mercedes Benz mini-van which seated the 6 of us quite comfortably. Nicholas drove us to the wine region where we observed the beautiful tiered vineyards overlooking Lake Geneva. The history of the region, the methods of cultivation and the current status of the wine industry were explained to us in an very understandable and interesting way.

Nicolas and Lloyd spoke perfect English and quite attuned to American humor. We felt quite at home and comfortable. Both have an excellent sense of humor.

We visited Domaine Bovy which is a multi-generational family owned winery and were given a tour by Eric Bovy, one of the owners. The large wooden casks were classic Swiss and had painted pictures which depicted various themes around the region and the Bovy family. We then had tastings in the gorgeous gardens where Lloyd taught us the finer points and techniques of wine tasting. The views on the tour were dramatic and beautiful. We also enjoyed Lloyd's very funny repertoire of jokes, some of which should probably not be repeated on TripAdvisor.:)

From there, we drove to the historic Tower of Marsens which is a former monastery built overlooking Lake Geneva in 1156 and is now privately owned. Nicolas took us for a tour throughout the Tower (stairs are involved) which includes a host of historic furnishings, a fascinating library and even medieval weapons and explained its history and uses over the centuries.

While at the Tower, we were then treated to a lovely lunch of traditional Swiss raclette (toasted Gruyere cheeses and roasted potatoes) as well as a fine selection of Swiss chocolate treats and of course, plenty of Swiss wines.

This is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience that should not be missed if you are in this region. Nicolas and Lloyd made us feel quite at home and as part of the family.

2  Thank mliccar
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Would recommend this tour to everyone who is looking forward to a beautiful day in Switzerland. Not only did we get to visit a wonderful winery and be given a tour by the owner of the vineyard, we then had a great wine tasting session on the family patio. Our tour then took us to a historic sight where lunch and more local wine was tasted. The tour guides were personable and made us feel as though we had just spent the day with great friends. A must when visiting Switzerland.

2  Thank Dliccar
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

I've been on many wine tours, and was not overly excited about doing another one. Wow, what a surprise! This was the best wine tour ever! and I would have been so disappointed if I had not gone. Nicolas was very knowledgeable of the area and of course the wine! He made our group of 6 feel very special and the locations he took us to were so breathtaking. There was really no agenda, so we weren't rushed and got to enjoy the beautiful views and weather and of course wine!

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