“Wine, Terroir, Tourism” introduces participants to the culture of wine and explores synergies with the field of tourism. Based at the University of Lausanne’s Sion campus, it combines theoretical classes on terroir, wine landscape and tourism with practical classes such as sensorial analysis, field trips in Valais winemaking regions and Lavaux World Heritage site, and visit of wine tourism projects.

DescriptionSpeakersTarget audienceLearning objectivesProgrammeFeesCampus in SionAccommodationHow to reach the campus
1 – 5 July, 2019
For whom?
Master’s or PhD students and professionals
How much?
CHF 450.- for students, CHF 500.- for professionals
Non credited course, Official Certificate of Attendance delivered
In 2019, the following speakers will join the school:

Pierre-Alain Chevalley, Geographer and winemaker
Jeanne Corthay, Lavaux Patrimoine mondial
Stéphanie Grand, University of Lausanne
David Héritier, Les Celliers de Sion
Christian Kaiser, University of Lausanne
David Picard, Winemaker, Lisboa
Emmanuel Reynard, University of Lausanne
Yann Stucki, Vaud Oenotourisme
Laure van Gysel, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Changins
Anne-Dominique Zufferey, Musée valaisan de la Vigne et du Vin

15-25 international participants at MA and PhD level, or equivalent

  • Understanding of wine production and consumption in their cultural and historical contexts
  • Understanding of basic winemaking processes and the functional structure of wine businesses
  • Understanding of basic principles of tourism as a social practice
  • Understanding of the principles, means and objectives of wine tourism
  • Ability to discuss and critique the notion of “terroir”
  • Ability to use sensory analysis methods to assess basic features of wine quality
  • Ability to develop a research project on “Wine, Terroir, Tourism”

Please note that objectives might be subject to change for the 2018 edition of the summer school.

The course will be held at the Sion campus in Valais, in the heart of the Swiss Alps.



Forfait étudiant : CHF 450.-
Forfait professionnel : CHF 500.-

  • Tuition fees
  • Course materials
  • Lunches from Monday to Friday
  • A welcome dinner and a farewell drink
  • 3 thematic excursions

Discover the UNIL campus in Sion, Valais

The summer school in Wine, Terroir & Tourism will be held in the heart of one of the most important vineyards in Switzerland. Surrounded by the Swiss Alps, you will be staying in the charming medieval city of Sion, capital of the canton of Valais, with about 30,000 inhabitants, which you can explore on foot. The hostel is located a minute away from Sion railway station, which offers easy access to all main railway stations and airports in Switzerland. July is also festival season in Sion, with free concerts every Friday and Saturday, a weekly market on Friday and a Sound and Lights show that illuminates the two castles overlooking the city.

The address of the institute is: IUKB, Chemin de l’Institut 18, 1967 Bramois/Sion, Suisse

Accommodation is not included in the tuition fees. Rooms have however been pre-booked on campus (outside the city) and at the Youth hostel of Sion (Takes about 20-30 minutes by bus to reach campus).

On Campus

Individual room, with private bathroom. Shared common room, with an equipped kitchen, and a living-room. Rooms can be booked during the registration process.

Check-in: Monday, 1 July
Check-out: Saturday, 6 July
Price: CHF 317.-

Auberge de Jeunesse Sion

Rooms have been pre-booked at Sion Youth Hostel, situated two minutes south of the city’s railway station. Rooms will be given on a “first come first served” basis.

Buffet breakfast, bed linen, and transportation pass for Sion are included in the reservation. If you would like to book a room, please contact us.

Check-in: from Sunday, 30 June, 5pm
Check-out: Saturday, 6 July, 10am

Room shared by two people, with bathroom : CHF 49 .- per person per night
Dormitoryby (4 people) : 38 CHF
Taxes: CHF 1.50.- per person per night

*Please note that prices are indicative and subject to change, depending on the date of booking

How to reach the campus in Bramois

If you have booked a room at the hostel, you will receive a public transport pass. If not, please note that the transportation to Bramois is at your cost.

To reach the campus, take the underpass that takes you to the main entrance of the railway station. There, take bus no. 5 to “Champsec – Bramois”. The ride will last approximately 15minutes and you should get off at the “Pont de Bramois” stop. The institute is just five minutes from the stop.

Registration is closed