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Geoffrey Dean is blown away by beauty and quality of Switzerland's Lavaux wine region

Published:  24 July, 2014

When Patrick Fonjallaz's grandfather bought a 32,000-litre foudre at the Geneva Exposition of 1897, he got home to find it was too big to fit into his cellar on the northern shore of Lake Geneva. So he built another one, where the magnificently ornate foudre is still housed. It is not used for wine maturation any more, but stands sentinel-like in the winery, a reminder of the canton of Vaud's distinguished winemaking history.

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