Vineyards of Clavau and Sion's Historical Landmarks

St. Leonard - Cotsetta Vineyards - Sion - Basilica Valère - Chateau Tourbillon

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Vineyards of Clavau and Sion's Historical Landmarks

St. Leonard - Cotsetta Vineyards - Sion - Basilica Valère - Chateau Tourbillon

Published on 25.03.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 12.03.2016

It doesn’t always have to be green to be remarkable as we found out in this early spring hike in the vineyards along the Clavau irrigation channel near the city of Sion, capital city of Canton Valais. One might think that before the vines sprout their leaves, the miles and miles of terraced vineyards would look drab at this time of year, but the backdrop of snow-covered Alps and the impressive dry-stone walls forming terraces as far as the eye can see provide an impressive canvas that might not be visible in all the summer green.

The walk starts in the village of St. Leonard in the Rhone Valley, and follows the Clavau irrigation channel toward the city of Sion with its ruins of the Chateau Tourbillon on a prominent hill always in your sights. There are over 50 varieties of grapes planted in this region, some of them the only place in the world where they are grown. The terraces are extraordinary, all the walls are dry stone, and at one point the 16m high wall boasts to be the highest dry-stone wall in the world.

Placards along the way provide information about local vegetation and the history of the vineyards and the terraces in this region.

At about the 2-hour mark you reach the point along the channel where the path descends into the town of Sion. From here you get views over the entire city with both its prominent hills upon which perch the Basilica of Valère and the Tourbillon ruins. Allow about an hour for the walk through Sion with a visit to both landmarks, and then the final walk to the train station

Notes on the Landmarks of Valère and Tourbillon:

Built from the 11th Century and onwards, the Church of Valère and the buildings surrounding it have been declared monuments of national heritage. The church (now a Basilica) is home to the world’s oldest working organ, which dates from 1430 – 1440. Unique works of art are preserved in its interior: 15th Century paintings, Baroque Choir stalls, Romanesque Canopies, and a very rare 13th Century Rood Screen (separates the choir from the church attendees).

Chateau Tourbillon: Construction started about the year 1300; this was the headquarters of the bishops of Sion. As the location was hard to access, the castle fell into disrepair and was eventually destroyed in the fire of Sion in May 1788 (which also destroyed about 2/3rds of the town of Sion).

 

 

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Published on 25.03.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 12.03.2016

Route Details 

Region
Valais
Time Required
3 hours
Distance
12 km
Ascent
372 m
Descent
385 m
Season Start / Season End
March - December
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Panorama
Experience
Points of Interest
Valère Basilica, Ruins of Tourbillon
Starting Point
St. Leonard Train Station
Starting Point with Public Transport
Destination
Sion Train Station
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Sion, St. Leonard
Things to Note
Ruins of Tourbillon open to the public after mid-March.

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Wer hätte gedacht dass die Rebberge und Terrassen im Winter auch so herrlich wären?

Hiked on 12.03.2016 by GabrielleMerk

Wer hätte gedacht dass die Rebberge und Terrassen im Winter auch so herrlich wären?

Une magnifique journée pour une magnifique balade! :)

Hiked on 01.03.2016 by drakax

Une magnifique journée pour une magnifique balade! :)

 

 

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