This past weekend was our favorite day of the year in Geneva: Caves Ouvertes. You may remember that we attended Caves Ouvertes our first Saturday in Geneva and it’s where we met A & A and D at the bus stop. It’s crazy we’ve been hear a year and are having a second round of activities.
The reason its the best day in Geneva is that you pay 5 CHF for a wine glass and you can taste wine all day at any of the 90 open wineries in the canton. This is hands-down Switzerland’s best deal.
A & A kicked off Caves Ouvertes 2012 with a scrumptious Canadienne Buffet at their house: American style. We knew we’d need the hearty breakfast to fill our tummies before the big day. They made eggs, bacon and biscuits & gravy. L brought hash browns. We brought Duncan Hines blueberry muffins (thanks Mama Mia for bringing us the mix from the US!).
After brunch, we headed to Rive to catch the bus up to Vesenaz where the special Caves Ouvertes bus would pick us up.
As we waited for the bus, it started to rain. Boo. But it wasn’t going to stop us from enjoying a day of free wine.
We tried to go to Cave de la Chena again as it was so cute and quaint. However, they didn’t open until 1pm this year. Luckily, it was at the location where the bus looped back around 5 minutes later.
We re-boarded the bus and headed to the next stop, Domaine Château-L’Evêque. It is a organic winery and we really enjoyed a number of their wines.
We enjoyed a lot of their wines. We noted we wanted to buy 7-8 bottles. However, there were a delivery fee up until 24 bottles. We decided to come back on another day to purchase as it wasn’t going to be fun to tote that many bottles on the bus.
After an hour, we decided it was time to move on. We hopped on the bus and traveled to Jussy.
We really enjoyed this place last year. New this year, Château du Crest had a game – you had to guess what type of wine was in each glass – blanc, rosé, or rouge.
After trying out the game, we went for the wine tasting room. We were encouraged to try their new wine, Surprise.
Château du Crest had almost 20 wines to try. We think this would also be a nice place to come with guests. Their website says they are open 5-7 on weekdays and 10-12 Saturdays.
After we left, we took time to pause in the same field as last year, with D on a stick.
We hopped back on the bus and headed to stop #3: Domaine de la Tour. It was a cute little winery and they gave us a free platter of cheese and meat. So kind! We each bought a bottle there in gratitude.
It was 1:30 so we decided it was time to head to a town that had multiple wineries before Caves Ouvertes ended at 4pm.
L gave up her newly purchased bottle to the cause since we had a long wait. This may or may not have been a mistake.
We rode twenty minutes to Anières. Our first stop was lively, with a live band and a huge crowd.
At this place, they were serving raclette. It smelled delish. All five of us got our own plate.
After a few tastes there, we stopped next door.
At 4:45, we headed across the street to La Cote D’Or. I only had one taste before I decided my feet couldn’t make it anymore. They’d been standing maybe 2-3 hours on and off.
We trudged through the rain to the bus stop but missed the one we had intended to catch. We huddled under the shelter and tried to keep warm waiting for the next.
When we arrived back in Geneva, I headed home to rest, elevate and ice the feet. They’d had a big day. Gabe headed out with the rest of the group to Old Town for a few drinks to continue the fun.
Another great Caves Ouvertes!