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Vineyard Trail Sion to Leuk (stage 2)

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  • Terraced vineyard, Varen
    / Terraced vineyard, Varen
    Photo: Frederic Huber, Valais
  • / Vineyards, Salgesch
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, Valais
  • / Weinreben, Siders
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais
  • / Vineyards between Leuk and Varen
    Photo: Frederic Huber, CC BY-ND, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Salgesch
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais
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The second stage of the Vineyard Trail takes you on a journey from the historical monuments of the capital of Valais through sunny vineyards to the heart of the town of Leuk.
moderate
Distance 55.3 km
4:57 h
1,241 m
1,274 m
889 m
483 m
Swap the urban landscape of the cantonal capital for peaceful vineyards, before reaching mountain trails with the promise of some stunning climbs. Traverse well-known regions such as St Léonard and its underground lake, experience the generous Sierre sunshine and Salgesch’s numerous red grape varieties, which make it the most important wine-growing region in Upper Valais.

Author’s recommendation

Leuk is also home to Switzerland’s oldest vine: a Cornalin planted in 1798. When you arrive at your destination, don’t forget to taste the wine made by local winemakers using this vine, known as Vitis Antiqua 1798.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
889 m
Lowest point
483 m
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Safety information

Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike. Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).

Tips and hints

1306 Sion / 1286 St-Léonard / 1287 Sierre

Start

Sion (train station) (656 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'592'302E 1'120'397N
DD
46.234972, 7.338855
DMS
46°14'05.9"N 7°20'19.9"E
UTM
32T 371919 5121496
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Destination

Leuk (train station)

Turn-by-turn directions

Linking Sion to Leuk, the second stage of the Vineyard Trail climbs up through the Rhône Valley, bordered by impressive dry stone walls peppering the river’s right bank. From the foot of the historic Valère and Tourbillon castles, cycle through the heart of a huge diversity of grape varieties, red and white alike, taking in Valais’s undulating landscape and steep slopes. After all that effort, treat yourself to a relaxing tasting of local vintages or wind down at Leukerbad’s thermal baths.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Arrive in Sion by train from all Swiss towns and cities (SBB) or by the regional trains Railway Mont-Blanc & St-Bernard Express.

Getting there

From the A9 motorway from Lausanne or Sierre, take the Sion-East exit (number 27) , or the cantonal road. Routes that are open all year round: the Forclaz pass, the Great Saint Bernard tunnel, the Simplon pass. Passes that are open only during summer: Great St Bernard, Nufenen, Grimsel, Furka

Parking

Follow the car-park routeing in Sion.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'592'302E 1'120'397N
DD
46.234972, 7.338855
DMS
46°14'05.9"N 7°20'19.9"E
UTM
32T 371919 5121496
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

More information: 

 Wine tourism in Valais

 

View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility:

N°72 Chemin du Vignoble

Author’s map recommendations

 

SwissTopo Maps: 1306 Sion / 1286 St-Léonard / 1287 Sierre

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
55.3 km
Duration
4:57 h
Ascent
1,241 m
Descent
1,274 m
Highest point
889 m
Lowest point
483 m
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