Inscription at national level
Since 2003, preliminary steps have been taken by the Confederation and ICOMOS (Council body of UNESCO) with the aim of launching the Lavaux application. Lavaux’ vineyards, after being evaluated at a national level, were accepted by the Confederation to appear on the declarative list of objects that Switzerland wished to present to UNESCO the following years. Featuring at the top of the list, Lavaux was presented at the 2006 session.
The Application File
Since March 2005, the Application Committee (AILU) drafted the application file consisting of 6 main chapters: identification of the Good, description, justification for the inscription, the current state of conservation and the Good’s management and monitoring. The file consisted of a presentation report and its appendices. It was submitted to the Federal Office of Culture (OFC) at the end of December.
Processing the File
The OFC transmitted the Lavaux file to the Swiss Ambassador for UNESCO who officially submitted it before 1st February 2006. Experts from ICOMOS and UICN are appointed to analyse the file and visit the site from Summer 2006. Comments were transmitted to the AILU committee in order to correct or complete the file in preparation for the final decision from the UNESCO committee in July 2007.
Following the positive notice from the International ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites), transmitted on 14th May 2007 to the Federal Office of Culture, the World Heritage Committee accepted the inscription of Lavaux to the UNESCO World Heritage list during its 31st session that took place in Christchurch (New Zealand) on 28th June 2007. Once Lavaux had been added to the World Heritage, it established a management plan mainly aimed at ensuring its durability. The main components of this plan are already drafted as part of the application file. They are completed throughout the implementation.
22 September 2007 – Lavaux Festival
On Saturday 22nd September 2007 Lavaux celebrated! The entire region gathered to celebrate the application of Lavaux to UNESCO. The AILU Committee had decided the festival would take place no matter what UNESCO’s decision was on 28th June. It was the occasion to thank everyone that had contributed to the project (municipalities, sponsors, associations, privates) and to (re)introduce Lavaux vineyards and its Appelations to the visitors under the topic of the five senses. From 10am until 5pm, Lutry, Grandvaux, Epesses, Rivaz and Chardonne set up catering and wine-tasting activities.