Our history


Changing our presses, a state-of-the-art tool for ever more precise winemaking!


Inauguration of our rental space Vinilingus

It is now possible to rent our room for private and professional events


UVC 2016, photo: Jean-Pierre Grisoni de Strates, postproduction: Romain Keller de Strates, idea and set: Jacques Vouillamoz with the participation of Pierre-alain Dubuis and Naim Sulja.



New in the packaging of 4 of our wines of the traditional range Bouton d’Or, Le Replan, Gamay and Pinot Noir d’Epesses change their dresses and this, from the 2016 vintage. No graphic revolution for this new packaging, we simply wanted these new labels to represent our vineyard through the vision of a watercolor architect, Alexander Befelein.they replace a series created in 1992 by Ms. Isabel Hediger.


New logo to represent the winery. Its creator, the graphic designer Oliver Schneebeli from Lausanne. This logo formed by 5 bottles symbolizes by its number 5, the union as the 5 fingers of the hand, the wine by the presence of the bottles and Cully en Lavaux by the slope represented by the increasing sizes of these bottles.


Beginning of the first edition of “Yurt in Lavaux”. 6 weeks during which the winery presents its wines in an atypical setting. A friendly atmosphere with wine, food and music.


From June 29 to July 4, Switzerland participates in the 1st “European Winegrowers Football Championship”. The host country is Hungary and 6 national teams are participating in this tournament. The matches will take place in the regions of Villány and Budapest


Five communes of Lavaux decided to unite their destiny this Sunday. The citizens of Epesses, Riex, Villette, Cully and Grandvaux all accepted the proposed merger by a majority vote, the second time since 2005 that such a vote has been held on the same subject. The first attempt to merge failed because of the refusal of Grandvaux, the most populous of the five localities. This Sunday, Grandvaux delivered its results last but accepted the merger by 63.6% of the votes. Epesse said yes with 91.7%, Riex with 87.7%, Villette with 72.2% and Cully with 86%. Bourg-en-Lavaux, the name of the new municipality, will have more than 5000 souls.this merger will be effective July 1, 2011



LAVAUX, A NEW UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LAMP Lavaux, a terraced vineyard, is inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage ListAt 10 o’clock in the morning, the church bells of Lavaux announced the good news to the population: the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, meeting in New Zealand, decided today to add the Lavaux region to the list of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List…


The Union Vinicole de Cully is part of this association whose mission is to ensure the authenticity of PLANT ROBERT: A 100% PLANT ROBERT wine, exclusively from historical “mother-plots”, entirely made in Lavaux. PLANT ROBERT, also called PLANT ROBEZ or PLANT ROBAZ, is an old red grape variety from Lavaux. Attested in the region since the 19th century, but probably much older, it was saved in extremis in 1966. Today it is cultivated on small parcels scattered throughout the Lavaux Appellation by a small group of passionate winegrowers, united in the Association PLANT ROBERT


From July 29 to August 15, the Market Square in Vevey hosted the 5th and last winegrowers’ festival of this century, the 10th of its kind. Some names: stage direction by François Rochaix, music by Jean-François Bovard, Michel Hostettler and Jost Meier, costumes by Catherine Zuber and libretto by François Debluë. The festival in figures: 5050 extras including 670 squires, 15 performances, 16,000 seats, the price of the ticket varies from 6 to 260 francs. The festival cost 54 000 000 francs and generated a profit of 4 151 332 francs. The next festival will take place from July 26 to August 11, 2019. Daniele Finzi Pasca will be the director.


The committee in this year: Claude Piccard, Jean Bochud, Georges-André Porchet, Bernard Bessat, André Durussel and Geoges Vouillamoz.




This year was characterized by a very dry January to March, a very hot April and June, while July and August were wetter than average. In September, the breeze bothered the Lavaux hillside but the conditions were ideal, cold at night and sunny during the day. As for October, the month was simply magnificent. The first bud burst was observed in April (the 19th for chasselas, the 18th for gamay and the 20th for pinot noir. The flowering took place around mid-June while the full veraison took place in summer, in the middle of August. At veraison, we are in the same situation as in 1995, that is to say in the average but behind the early years (1993 and 1994).






Despite a difficult year, our cellarman, Franco Bianco, is optimistic about the quality of this vintage.



the cellar through the press, new coverings



Faustino Dos Santos has been part of the cellar since July 1st of this year. With Faustino it’s tip-top and nothing else. It has become his nickname!



By tradition, a name is given to each harvest. For the 86 harvest, the idea of the “boulet d’or” (golden ball) came from Claude Martin. It refers to Werner Günthor, European shot put champion in Stuttgart and Madrid and to whom this harvest is dedicated.



Georges-André became a member of the Union on September 18



From July 30 to August 14, Vevey’s Place du Marché hosted the 4th winegrowers’ festival of this century and the 9th in its history. Some names: stage direction by Charles Apothéloz, music by Jean Balissat, sets and costumes by Jean Monod and libretto by Henry Debluë. The festival in figures: 4250 extras, 14 performances, 15576 seats, the price of the ticket varies from 30 to 160 francs. The festival cost 20 707 011 francs and generated a profit of 5 071 423 francs.



Marc becomes the official driver of the winery




Anselme is cellar master since July 1, 1973. When it comes to the best time to open a bottle, his answer is the same as his colleagues: When you’re thirsty, you uncork!


Georges, son of Adrien, one of the founding members of the winery, becomes a member of the committee on September 18.


Claude does his commercial apprenticeship at the winery. He is hired in 1972 as a commercial employee and becomes in 1992 the manager of the UVC.


At STOP, the 1964 Buttercup is priced at 3.65 francs per bottle with discount.


New bottling unit. It will remain in service until 1974.


A glass for all and we turn right.


STOP stores, the Bouton d’Or and Epesses vintage 1959 at CHF 2.95 per bottle



From August 1 to 14, Vevey’s Place du Marché hosted the third winegrowers’ festival of this century and the eighth in its history. Some names: staging by Oscar Eberlé, music by Carlo Hemmerling and libretto by Géo H. Blanc. The festival in figures: 3857 extras, 11 representations and 2 processions, 16 000 places available, the price of the places goes from 10 to 70 francs. The festival cost 4 695 229 francs and generated a profit of 1 204 927 francs.


Article in the Lausanne “feuille d’avis” reporting the school run of the members of the winery. In particular a visit of the Cointrin aerodrome!


From the harvesting cart to the cellar crusher, the brothers Paul and Marcel Cuénoud test the new harvest transfer installation. In 2016, as I write these lines, the installation is still in place.


The Union Vinicole at the Basel wine fair.


Stand of the winery at the Vevey wine fair.


On April 16, 1943, the general assembly votes the necessary credit for the construction of the second stage, which also includes a second vat house.




Jules’ share no. 26. To join a cooperative, each future member must acquire a certain number of shares according to his or her vineyard surface.


With 32 members, the Union Vinicole de Cully acquired the land necessary for its construction project near the route de la Corniche. The fears, which had probably held back some skeptical owners at the beginning, faded away when the building was erected. In fact, the number of employees rose to 63 at that time and reached 100 at the time of the inauguration. The courageous pioneers had succeeded in conquering the confidence of fellow winegrowers in Cully, Riex, Chenaux, Grandvaux, Villette and Epesses through their enthusiasm and commitment. 285,000 liters of grapes were harvested in the fall of 1941 and poured into the beautiful new vats made of vitrified cement.



The association was born on February 2, 1937 and, under the name of “Union Vinicole de Cully”, in an atmosphere of gravity and emotion, was brought on the baptismal font by its 24 present sponsors.



The years of abundance also have their reverse side! And so it was, in any case, in 1935 for the vineyards of Vaud in general and for Cully in particular. The vineyard was producing a lot of grapes. And yet, what should be a reason for rejoicing and hope is a source of concern. Indeed, “abundance” is one of these Janus words, with a double meaning, a bit perverse in fact, which should imply prosperity, but when this word is about to become synonymous with excess of production, there is a problem of storage and, from there, difficulty of sale.1935, a superb production which almost turns into a catastrophe…