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Thursday Jun 30, 2016
French Winery Tours: 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
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.
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!
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
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
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
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.