The organizing committee has the pleasure to announce a gala dinner and social event, both taking place on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.
Gala dinner at the Beau Rivage Palace:
One of the leading hotels of the world, the Beau Rivage Palace is reknown for outstanding cuisine in an exceptional setting. The main building was built in 1908 in Art Déco and neo-baroque style. Noteably, on July 24 1923, the hotel hosted the signature of the Treaty of Lausanne after the Turkish War of Independence between the Allies of World War I and the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.
Excursion in the Lavaux region:
The Lavaux is a region in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It consists of 830 hectares of terraced wineyards that stretch for about 30 km along the south-facing northern shores of Lake Geneva - the vine terraces can be traced back to the 11th century. The southern aspect of the terraces with the reflection of the sun in the lake and the stone walls gives a mediterranean character to the region. Because of the beauty of the landscape, Lavaux is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
In the middle of the Lavaux region and directly on the lake Léman, we will visit the Glérolle castle. Only few elements of the middle age construction still exist. Since the XVI century, the castle was transformed several times, changing its image from a defensive one to a representative one. In 1803 (when the Vaud canton joined the Swiss confederation) the castle became private and firstly owned by the family Ruchonnet. In 1977 Maurice Cossy became the new owner of the castle. His son Francis Cossy still lives in the building and exploits part of the castle for wine production. The wineyards associated to the castle span over 5 hectares and are cultivated with several wine grape varieties: Chasselas, Pinot noir, Humagne rouge, Merlot, Cabernet franc, Syrah, Gewürztraminer.