Côtes du Rhône North - Full day
Vertigo for the senses
Jump on board a very comfortable minibus and follow your driver/guide to discover the Northern Côtes du Rhône.
Start the day-out with a first stop in Vienne and make the most of a splendid panorama of the Rhône valley, from Mont Notre-Dame de Pipet. With your driver/guide, discover the different grape varieties of the Northern Côtes du Rhône, the names of the different vintages and the philosophy of the region, based on its soil.
From this belvedere, also admire the magnificent Gallo-Roman theatre and discover the fascinating history of Vienne's wines, famous in Rome more than 22 centuries ago.
Next, head off in the direction of Ampuis, world capital of Syrah (Shiraz), and visit the "Côte-Rôtie" vineyards. Aboard your minibus, climb the vertiginous slopes of Côte Brune and Côte Blonde and imagine the men toiling away on these steep, vine-covered hillsides.
In the morning, you visit a first vineyard to learn about the wine-making expertise of the Northern Côtes du Rhône. Explore the production facilities then the cellar filled with barrels and discuss the art of ageing. Finally, in the cellar, taste 3 white and red wines, including the prestigious Condrieu, St Joseph and Côte-Rôtie appellations.
Your lunch break offers the opportunity to taste the local cuisine in the setting of a typical regional restaurant. Set menus starting at €20, not included.
In the early afternoon, hit the road again for Condrieu, the village that lends its name to the famous white wine. Discover the history of its Viognier grape and how it nearly disappeared just a few years ago.
Visit a first vineyard and taste 5 to 6 Côtes du Rhône wines including the Condrieu, St Joseph and/or Côte-Rôtie appellations.
Round off this wine tour with a further commented tasting of 5 to 6 wines. Savour the rich aromatic Viognier and the sensual and complex Syrah in their original terroirs.
- Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences.
- Booking is necessary.
- Cancellation free of charge 72 hours before schedule activity.
- We recommend wearing walking shoes and a warm jacket.
- Children's car seats are compulsory for children under 8. Please request when booking.
- This tour is also available in Spanish,on request.
- Tasting of at least 17/18 different wines.
& practical information
All day visit
Discovery of the vineyard Côte du Rhône North in mini coach great comfort
Child till 12
In front of the Tourist Office, place Bellecour - Lyon 2nd
Metro A or D > Bellecour
What a wonderful day!
What a wonderful day we had! My mom and I enjoyed the tour with our guide, Olivier. The wineries we went to were unique and we learned so much from the different tastings. I have done four different full day or half day tours through the Lyon Tourist Office and I've never been disappointed.
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17/08/2022 by Nicole
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We are just back from a wonderful trip to Lyon including an excellent wine tour with Olivier
We spent the day with Olivier exploring the wines of the Northern Rhone. He took us to see very interesting things, including a small family owned winery where he conducted our tour and tasting followed by a similar experience at larger more commercial winery. He arranged and took us to a wonderful restaurant in Ermitage where we enjoyed good food, fine wines and Olivier's company. After lunch we had another tasting in Ermitage and to cap it all he showed us the most spectacular view of the Northern Rhone valley with the snow capped Alps as the back drop. The whole trip was fantastic and I would thoroughly recommend it with Olivier as your guide!
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I surprised a friend for his birthday with a gift of this tour and we had the most incredible day. The scenery was breathe taking and the generous servings and variety of wine unsurpassable.
Olivier was the perfect guide, a consummate professional so knowledgeable, friendly and determined to make the experience utterly perfect in every way possible.
I could not recommend this tour any more highly - it's gifted me memories that will last me my lifetime.
You'd be insane not to go on this tour when in Lyon and entirely crazy to choose any other tour provider. Olivier's passion as a small business owner and local make for a superb day out.
Thanks Olivier for a wonderful experience!