The AVY (Artisan Winemakers of Yvorne) in Yvorne, a stunning setting surrounded by lakes and mountains, is the nerve centre for countless wine tourism activities for adults and children in this, open all year round.
On our discovery of Swiss wine, we visited the village of Yvorne. In the centre of this winemaking village in Vaud, we met Patrick Ansermoz, Director of the Artisan Vignerons d’Yvorne. He talked to us about their wines, the specific terroir in Yvorne and everything there is to do around the cellar, whether you’re with family, friends or visiting as a couple.
Let’s enjoy a taste of AVY’s expertise!
A little background
The cooperative of Yvorne was founded in 1902 by 8 winemakers of the village.. Having gradually expanded, the AVY now includes 120 winemakers and shares the Vigne d’Or label with four other associations in the Chablais area.
The wines made by the Artisan Winemakers of Yvorne – AVY
80% of the AVY’s wine production is Chasselas, but there are also other varieties such as:
- Whites: Doral, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Pinot Blanc
- Reds: Pinot Noir, Gamay, Gamaret, Garanoir, Cabernet Franc, Gallota, Dakappo, Diolinoir and Mara.
Single grape variety or blended, they are available in 4 ranges, including the label “Vigne d’Or”, with 6 wines. In addition to the traditional Swiss red and white wines, you can be tempted by a sparkling wine and a sweet wine, both from Chasselas.
With their numerous parcels that cover a variety of particularly complex and unique terroirs, the wines of the AVY are incomparable. Did you know that the limestone clay soil of the Yvorne region derives from a landslide on the Tours d’Aï mountain in the 11th century?
Patrick Ansermoz’s favourite wine
Patrick Ansermoz reveals to us that Pinot Noir Feu d’Amour is his perfect choice for a romantic evening. He believes that wine is best appreciated when you’re most relaxed.
Visiting the Yvorne region
There is no lack of wine tourism activities in the Chablais region:
- With the family: Aquaparc or Swiss Vapeur Parc
- For sports fans or exercise enthusiasts: The doors of the Vaud Alps and the Portes du Soleil are always open, in summer and in winter (Villars, Diablerets, Les Mosses, Leysin Torgon, Morgins, Champéry and Les Crosets).
- For a romantic stay: spend the night at Whitepod.
- For a relaxed stay: enjoy the waterside terrace at Montreux on Lake Geneva, or the thermal waters at the Bains de Lavey or the Bains du Val d’Illiez.
- For gourmets: Auberge de la Couronne, Restaurant du Torrent, Auberge du Pont de Nant, Auberge de Vouvry or Café Berra in Choëx, especially for its game!
In terms of accommodation, take a look at what’s available on the Vaud Riviera near Montreux.
And to complete your discovery of the area, enjoy a trip to the AVY cellars and take back some Chasselas wine from Vaud!