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Autumn flavours - wine and cheese

The idyllic village of St Saphorin lies in the Lavaux wine-growing region (ST swiss-image.ch)

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The north shore of Lake Geneva is lined with hiking trails affording splendid views across the lake to the French Alps.

It just so happens that these trails wind their way through Switzerland's best-known vineyards. But be warned; stopping to sample a glass or two could slow your pace considerably.

One of the most scenic routes wanders through the Lavaux wine-growing region.

It begins in Lausanne and ends about 30 kilometres later at the medieval castle of Chillon, on the outskirts of Montreux.

But it can easily be done in stages, and local trains and buses service all the villages.

The route offers everything to soothe the savage heart; gentle hiking through the vineyards, bucolic villages offering the weary or thirsty traveller charming cafés, musty wine cellars and rustic inns.

In places, the vineyards are so steep that the harvest can only be gathered by hand.

Say formaggio (or cheese)

From Oct 11 to 13, Bellinzona is putting on its annual cheese market in its well-preserved old town.

Travellers to the capital of the southern canton of Ticino can sample local cheeses and produce.

Visitors are requested to look, touch, smell, taste and even buy if they like.

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