From its origins as a simple fishing village, this medieval town on the skirt hem of Lausanne expanded in the 11th century with the installation of the Benedictine monks from Savigny-en-Lyonnais. The religious order is credited with taming the wild hillsides, terracing them, and expanding the cultivation of wine grapes. Celebrated at the end of September, the Fête des Vendanges (harvest festival) is but one of the lively events that bring families and tourists to the plaza for food, wine, and entertainment.
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