Killing two birds with one stone: an unexpected event brought a funicular and a splendid view to the Domaine Blondel.
In 1950, an event changed the daily life of Dézaley. A powerful rock fell from a cliff in the heights and destroyed many walls and paths to go to the lake. This was a terrible disaster at the time.
Louis Blonde's father, Jean-Luc, had two options. Either to organize a gigantic work with the other owners of the lands around to rebuild the walls, or to build a funicular railway which would help considerably the work and the travels in these very steep vineyards.
The second option was chosen and led to the construction in 1951 of this funicular which, today, has the prestige of being the only one still in operation in the Dézaley. Without forgetting that it stands out with one of the most beautiful views in Switzerland from these hillsides.
Although privately owned, the Blondels now share the concession of this funicular with a few colleagues who also cultivate plots in the vicinity. Look closely under the Hollywood sign of Dézaley, you might just spot it!