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Dézaley

Famous vineyard in the Lavaux area on the north-eastern shore of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) in the Swiss canton of Vaud. It is classified here alongside Calamin as a Grand Cru and is depicted on the reverse of the 200-franc note. In 1141, Bishop Guy de Malagny of Lausanne donated land near Dézaley, Epesses, Marsens and Montheron to the Cistercian monks of Hautcrèt Palézieux Abbey. The monks were tasked with clearing the vast, wild areas and planting vines. Some of the vineyards had to be hewn out of the rock. After 20 years of arduous labour, this was completed. The steep terraces, some of which are only 1.5 metres wide and up to 20 storeys high, are supported by walls. In 1799, Napoleon (1769-1821) visited the Dézaley area and the "Napoleon Stone" is named after him.

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