A day to discover the closest vineyard from Lyon
If you come to Lyon more than one day you can't miss the Beaujolais, also known as "the french tuscany", for its rolling hills, vineyards and small estates. Indeed, you'll be in a little piece of Tuscany in France !
The Beaujolais is famous for the wine "Beaujolais Nouveau" but did you know there are also 12 different excellent wines produced there. . . ? The best "crus" are for example Moulin-à-Vent, Chiroubles, Morgon. . .
Let's go and taste it, let's meet the winegrowers in their estates !
And this area has a remarkable scenic route along which are beautiful and picturesque small villages, such as the medieval village Oingt.
So during this tour, we will combine the wine tasting with discoveries of the heritage and panoramas. . . a precious day out of Lyon !
We will start with a coach-tour throught the "little Tuscany" or "Golden stones area", and we will stop in Oingt, a very picturesque town listed as "most beautiful village of France".
Then we will go to meet a passionate winegrower, and learn how wine is made, and how to taste it.
Then it is possible to have lunch in this area (at the winegrower's estate, or in a restaurant).
The afternoon you will discover the northern part of the Beaujolais :
We will stop in Salles-Arbuissonnas to discover a treasure of Romanesque architecture (cloister), then another stop in Vaux en Beaujolais, more famous under the name "Clochemerle", a novel writen in 1934.
To finish, we will drive through the villages of the "Crus" (vintage wines) of the Beaujolais, and stop on top of hills to enjoy stunning panoramas. It is also possible to stop again in wine cellars to taste some of the vintage wines in cellars.
A delightfull day for you. . .
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will meet in Lyon, at your hotel or anywhere you want.
End location: End in Lyon, downtown.
Duration: 8 hours
Traffic might affect the duration (for the return to Lyon), and also the holidays, or any special day when the visited places are closed.
Mini-van with a professional driver.
The service of the guide through the day + commentaries in english
Translation with the winegrower
Booking of every part of the tour by the guide (I book the winegrower and the restaurant if necessary).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 euro - 4,50 € for the tour of the Romanesque cloister
about 20 € per person for wine tasting and lunch
- The transportation : I can help you to rent a mini van with driver (about 500€ the day) or we can use your rental car if you have one (I am not driving).
- The lunch
- The guide's lunch
- The wine tasting
- your personal purchase
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle and help you book it on your own.