My daughter and I spent a great 1/2 day with our guide Sebastian and two other guests where we toured a family vineyard, inspected the current crop, and learned about agricultural practices. Next, we visited a processing, fermentation and storage area adjacent to the fields--gaining more insight into the winemaking process as it occurs at the family or village level. Finally, we were privileged to visit our guides home village, including the wine cellar used by his family for several generations (and by prior families, going back more than 600 years). We really enjoyed the insights of our guide, who was able to help us understand the traditions, pride and the pressures that small to medium size family vineyards operate with today in the Beaujolais region.
This half-day jaunt in the Beaujolais area will give the opportunity to find out all about the work done in the vineyard, and taste various Beaujolais and "appellation" wines. Alongside your guide in a very comfortable minibus, you'll get to admire the beautiful scenery in Les Pierres Dorées (the Golden Stones area), in the southern part of the Beaujolais region.
You'll be driving through some charming villages built from the ochre-coloured stones that are characteristic of this region known as “Beaujolais des Pierres dorées”. Your first stop will be at Grandmont château, a small family estate at the heart of an old monastery. Discover the different stages of the winegrowing process and techniques used by winemakers, from pruning to the wine making and vatting processes, and taste a glass of Brouilly, or Morgon.
You'll then be getting back on the road, and heading for the famous village of Vaux-en-Beaujolais, better known by the name of Clochemerle. Here you'll get to see another family holding nestling on the top of a hill, and enjoy a second wine-tasting session in the sumptuous setting of the château's 12th century cellar. Half a day marked by some wonderful discoveries, from Beaujolais Blanc to age-old vines.
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
Child till 12
Beaujolais's golden stone
This bright, ochre-coloured limestone is tinted by iron oxides. In the past, each village had its own quarry. Up until the First World War, some quarries supplied the Beaujolais and Lyon area, and even Switzerland!