"Lyon is a city irrigated by 3 great rivers: the Rhône, the Saône and Beaujolais"
Well that's what Léon Daudet said, anyway!
Set out on a day outing devoted to discovering the southern part of the Beaujolais area and its magnificent villages built from ochre-coloured stones, stones that earned the area its name of Les Pierres Dorées or Golden Stones.
This oenological tour in a very comfortable minibus will take you to Grandmont Château in Blacé. This family holding occupies a former monastery. Here, your guide will tell you all his secrets: how he tends the vines, and what his work consists in, from pruning to vinification.
You'll get to taste wines produced on the estate (Beaujolais Village and Morgon) before going to Vaux-en-Beaujolais, the famous village known as "Clochemerle" (home of the satirical novel written by Gabriel Chevallier), for a second wine-tasting session in a family concern perched on top of a hill. Within the magnificent setting of the cellar of this 12th century château, you'll be meeting a keen winegrower and tasting his Beaujolais Blanc, a relatively rare wine in this region.
Then you can take a break and enjoy lunch (not included in the tour) in a charming gîte with an unrestricted view over the vineyards.
You'll then be stopping in Oingt, a picturesque medieval village, which ranks among the "Most Beautiful Villages in France", where you're sure to be amused by the names of the streets: Tyr-Laine [Wool carding street], Coupe-Jarret [Leg Ache street], Trayne-Cul [Always on your backside street]... before heading back to Lyon at the end of the afternoon.
Please ensure you arrive 15 minutes before the tour commences.
Booking is necessary
Cancellation free of charge 72 hours before schedule activity
Tasting of at least 5 different wines
Escapade in the Beaujolais area
Metro A or D > Bellecour
In front of the Tourist Office, place Bellecour - Lyon 2nd
This picturesque village was immortalised as "Clochemerle" by the writer Gabriel Chevallier in the 1930s. You can't miss its famous urinal, erected next to the church. Why not read the novel? (Translated in 27 different languages.)