SWITZERLAND / SCHWEITZ - SUISSE - SVIZZERA - SVIZRA.
UNESCO World Heritage.
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Lake Geneva, and Saint-Saphorin town.
Stamps issued on 09.09.2011.
Face values: 3 x 100 cents of Swiss franc.
Design: Bernard Völlmy.
Printing: Offset lithography.
Print: 760,000 copies.
- Michel No. 2221/2223.
- Scott No. 1429a/b/c.
- StampWorld No. 2215/2217.
- Stanley Gibbons No. 1900/1902.
- Yvert et Tellier No. 2136/2138.
- Zumstein No. 1397/1399.
The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, stretching for about 30 km (19 mi) along the south-facing northern shores of Lake Geneva from the Chateau de Chillon to the eastern outskirts of Lausanne in the Vaud region, cover the lower slopes of the mountainside between the villages and the lake. Although there is some evidence that vines were grown in the area in Roman times, the present vine terraces can be traced back to the 11th century, when Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries controlled the area. It is an outstanding example of a centuries-long interaction between people and their environment, developed to optimize local resources so as to produce a highly valued wine that has always been important to the economy. Date of Inscription in the UNESCO World Heritage List: 2007.
Thanks to Vairo Gregori for his contribution (https://ternifil.org/).