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Canton and wine-growing region with the capital Lausanne in French-speaking Switzerland. The vineyards cover around 3,900 hectares of vines. The beginnings of viticulture date back to the Romans. In the Middle Ages, pioneering work was done by the Cistercians, whose monks painstakingly cleared the steep slopes of most of the vineyards that still exist today. Since 1995, there has been an AOC system with Grand Cru vineyards. The use of the designation Grand Cru is permitted throughout the canton, provided that the wines come from vineyards listed in the vineyard register and bear designations such as Clos (enclosed vineyard), Château (castle), Domaine (vineyard domain) or Abbaye (monastic abbey). The canton is divided into four areas, one located in the Three Lakes region and three on Lake Geneva (Lac Léman):

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