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French Winery Tours: Day Trips from Lyon

Day Trips from Lyon

Lyon is a thriving and bustling city in France that is perfect for a fun holiday, but did you also know that it’s the gateway to France’s exquisite vineyards? With vineyards dotted all around the city, particularly in the famous wine regions of Macon and Beaujolais, Lyon is the perfect base from which to conduct an unforgettable French winery tour in just one day.

By taking day trips from Lyon by car to see the vineyards and wineries around the city, you can really enjoy the best of all worlds on your trip to France. So what are you waiting for? Take to the beautiful French countryside and explore the historic wineries and vineyards that make up this stunning region.

Domaine de la Bonne Tonne

Domaine de la Bonne Tonne

Start your trip in Ville Morgon, a quiet village just 50 minutes from Lyon that is home to the Domaine de la Bonne Tonne vineyard and winery. One of the earliest Beaujolais winemakers to convert to organic and eco-responsible wine, the vineyard offers cellar tasting of its basic and its more complex wines in season. The winery is also known for its delicious artisan bread, which is freshly baked on site.

Julien Merle

Julien Merle Beaujolais Winery

Located in Le Bourg in Legny, this unique winery is located just 40 minutes from the center of Lyon. Julien Merle is not your conventional winemaker, but his unconventional approach is what makes the wines so interesting and fun. The 100% natural wine is chemical free and is arguably a more traditional form of the famous Beaujolais wine. Sample some of his pure reds for around 5 euros a bottle!

Jean-Paul Brun

Jean Paul Brun

Drive for around 40 minutes north of Lyon and you will come to the beautiful Charnay and Jean-Paul Brun’s winery. Jean Paul is a prolific winemaker, producing around 15 different wines from all over the area. He has two wines in Michelin-starred restaurants and is well-known for his unique Chardonnay Beaujolais blanc. Be sure to book ahead if you would like to do some wine tasting.

La Cave de Clochemerle

La Clave de Clochemerle

Delve into the vaulted cellars of La Cave de Clochemerle and their many unique Beaujolais creations. The traditional winery, which opened in 1956, offers wine tasting alongside its own shop which is located on a beautiful hillside with views that stretch as far as the Alps.

Chateau de Julienas

Chateau de Julienas

Located inside a 19th century castle in the village of Julienas, Chateau de Julienas is a stunning estate with 37-hectares of vines. The winery is famous for having the longest cellar in Beaujolais and offers wines from various regions around France, as well as their own. The vineyard offers wine tours and tasting, including a wine tour discovery pack, which includes lunch.

Domaine des Vignes du Paradis

Domaine des Vignes du Paradis

Located just an hour from Lyon by car, the Domaine des Vignes du Paradis is a traditional vineyard with a history that dates back for five generations of winemakers. Situated in the heart of Saint-Amour, a village whose name represents its dedication to lovers, visitors can discover how the wine is made and how this has changed over generations. Sample some of their famous bottles or take some home to remember your trip.


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Best Edinburgh Day Trips: Scotland Castle Tours

Scotland Castle Tours - Edinburgh Day TripsWhile Edinburgh offers one of the most spectacular castles in the region, the glorious and dominating Edinburgh Castle, the surrounding area of the city in the Scottish countryside also has a number of other castles that can be explored on fun Edinburgh day trips.

Make the most of your time in Edinburgh by renting a car and getting out of the city on a Scotland castle tour to see some of these top castles:

Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle, Scotland

Balmoral Castle is located two hours north of Edinburgh, and is a stunning palatial castle amid breathtaking Scottish landscape. The castle was bought as a holiday home by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in 1852 when it was rebuilt into the structure that still stands today. The original structure was commemorated by a stone on the front lawn. The castle is still part of the Royal Family’s legacy, although it does have open days when the grounds, exhibitions, gardens, cafe and gift shop are open to the public.

Blair Castle

Blair Castle, Scotland

Located just over an hour-and-a-half from Edinburgh, Blair Castle is a beautiful white castle nestled in the stunning Scottish countryside. The large estate has had a fascinating history, including the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, a visit from Mary Queen of Scots, and some smuggler’s inheritance! The castle itself dates back to 1269, although it has been modified and rebuilt throughout the ages. Tickets for entry can be bought online and include tours of the rooms and the gardens.

Inveraray Castle

Inveraray Castle Scotland

Just two hours from Edinburgh, Inveraray Castle is the home of the dukes of Argyll and the seat of Clan Campbell. One of Scotland’s most famous stately homes, the castle was built in the 18th century and has some precious Beauvais tapestries on display, as well as stunning views across Loch Fyne, Scotland’s largest sea loch.

Cawdor Castle

Cawdor Castle, Scotland

Cawdor Castle may be a slightly longer day trip, taking just over three hours to reach the castle from Edinburgh, but this beautiful castle, which has been built around a 15th-century tower house, is worth a few hours drive. The castle is most famous for its connections with the Shakespearian play Macbeth, as Shakespeare is said to have based his work on events that took place in the castle that stood here before this one.

Dunnottar Castle

Dunnottar Castle, Scotland

Drive just over a couple of hours along the coast from Edinburgh and you will come to Dunnottar Castle. This medieval stone fortress is precariously placed on a rocky headland on the coast of Scotland. The castle is thought to have been fortified throughout its existence to last since it was built in the 15th century. Today you can visit the ruins of this once powerful castle that saw Jacobite risings and the Scottish Crown Jewels!

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle, Scotland
Named one of Scotland’s most beautiful castles, Glamis Castle is just over an hour from Edinburgh by car and dates back to the 14th century, while much of the current castle was rebuilt in the 17th century. The castle is also known as one of Scotland’s haunted castles, with a number of spooky stories and tales attached to it. Despite all of these stories the castle is probably most famous for being the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth and the birthplace of Princess Margaret. Take a tour of the castle and its grounds between Monday and Sundays.


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Five Unique and Amazing Fountains Around the World

It’s a scorcher out there! Here at the Kemwel offices, we have gotten used to the constant wind and rain. It seemed as though summer was never going to come. But here we are on the afternoon of the solstice, the longest day of the year, and it seems that summer has indeed officially arrived. Luckily our office is air conditioned, but our view of the harbor has most of us itching to cool off in the lapping waves of the chilly Atlantic or thinking about heading down to the park to splash around in the fountains.

If you are looking to do some splashing around of your own, here are five unique fountains around the world where you can get your feet wet.

Swarovski Fountain
Located in the beautiful community of Wattens, Austria, This fountain resembles the face of a man covered in lush greenery with eyes made from giant, sparkling crystals. Yup, that is the Swarovski we were talking about! The coolest part about this unique water feature is that it is actually the entrance to Crystal Worlds, a gallery which is home to a number of installations featuring the famous gems.

Trevi Fountain
Rome’s Trevi Fountain is not only the most popular fountains in Italy, but one of the most beloved fountains in the world. You may recall the famous scene in Fellini’s masterpiece, La Dolce Vita, where Sylvia and Marcello spend a romantic evening wading in the Trevi’s waters. Plan a romantic evening of your own at the massive, illuminated Baroque fountain when you book your cheap car rental in Italy.

Villa d’Este
Okay, so maybe we have already covered Italy, but this Tivoli fountain warrants mentioning. The Renaissance style gardens are actually home to a number of fountains, all architectural beauties. Moss-covered carved stone, lush greenery, geological wonders, and cool, splashing waters make Villa d’Este a sight to behold. You may never want to leave!

Archibald Fountain
Book a cheap car rental in Sydney and sneak a peek at what is widely regarded as one of the loveliest fountains in Australia. You will find Archibald in Hyde Park, which is central to the city, where it has stood since 1932. While the fan of waterworks is truly impressive, the unique French inspired sculptures are what really set this fountain apart.

 

Latona Fountain
It should come as no surprise that this Versailles staple made the list. Designed by Malthazar Marsy, this stunning work of art features a statue of the goddess Latona, as well as her children, Apollo and Diana. Tiered like a wedding cake, gilded and ornate, Latona Fountain is just one of the jewels in the crown of this gorgeous French region.

 

Book a cheap car rental in Versailles, Austria, or anywhere else in the world with Kemwel and kick off your official summer vacation today!


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