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Olympic vineyard

In 2001, with the departure of the outgoing president of the International Olympic Committee, His Excellence Mr Juan Antonio Samaranch, a plot of grapevines was entrusted to the IOC by the Vaudoise authorities.

As a mark of respect to a persona with whom the Vaud canton had enjoyed such excellent relations since as far back as 1980, the 150 m2 vineyard was symbolically ceded to the ICO. In fact, during the Samaranch era, Lausanne developed into the veritable olympic capital it is today and the ICO made a major contribution to its increasing influence, most notably with the Olympic Museum as a key instrument in its rise to fame. All of which brought many benefits to the canton of Vaud, a feat which deserved to be rewarded.

This plot produces some 150 bottles of chasselas each year bearing the label « Vintage ICO, Olympic Grapevine », which has since stocked the ICO cellars. Born of a noble lineage, this vine’s full-bodied yield is characterised by its elegance and by its floral fragrances drawn from a distinguished gravelly soil.

Located at the so called « Priory », this plot situated on the heights of Aigle Castle belongs to the estate of the County Hospices. And, in the light of the aforementioned, the vineyard was naturally christened « Olympic Grapevine ». Today the Olympic Grapevine is recognised thanks to a commemorative copper plaque on the hut guarding the entrance to the enclosed garden which declares : « In tribute to S. E. Juan Antonio Samaranch, Olympic International Committee President from 1980 to 2001, the State Council of the canton of Vaud entrusts this 150m2 plot to the ICO under the title of Olympic Grapevine »

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