Carnotzet comes from “karnótsè“, a word from the French regional dialect that designated a small hiding place where bottles of wine could be stored. The term appeared for the first time in Switzerland in 1894 during the Cantonal Exhibition in Yverdon to name the small room that had been arranged in the basement of the canteen with rustic decoration and furniture. It was such a success that the carnotzet concept was widely reused in the following years during major events and then by public institutions (the Vaud Cantonal Council, the cantonal hospital, etc.) and finally in private homes.
The carnotzet is generally located in the basement and offers an intimate atmosphere to those invited. In fact it is considered a privilege when a host welcomes you in their carnotzet. This small room with either stone or paneled walls is used for wine tasting and enjoying local products such as dried meat, fondue or raclette.
At the Auberge de Savièse the carnotzet offer a warm, wood paneled and typical Swiss decor. It can accommodate up to 40 people making it an ideal place for group receptions. Do not hesitate to contact us for your next company dinner or family reunion.