Vineyards Overview



Lyon is considered just as the best gateway city to visit French vineyards because of its easy access to North and South Côtes du Rhone, Beaujolais & Burgundy wine countries. Each region offers different grape varieties, wine styles, philosophy and landscapes:

Burgundy: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Aligoté.

Located North of Lyon, Burgundy wine region displays 4 vineyards between Dijon and Beaujolais Vineyards.

Côte de Nuits: situated between the Capital of French Wine Beaune and Dijon, this vineyard is the homeland of the legendary Pinot Noir grape. The Côte de Nuits area feature 24 Grand Crus Classed wine all reds. The most famous ones are La Romanée-Conti, La Romanée, Clos Vougeot, Echezeaux, Grands Echézeaux, Chambertin, Chambertin-Clos, Musigny, etc. The Cote de Nuits vineyards covered 14 communes but only 10 produce Grand Cru classed wines: Gevrey Chambertin, Morey-Saint-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Flagey-Echezeaux, Vosne Romanée, Nuits-Saint-Gorges, Premeaux-Prissey, Comblanchien and Corgoloin.

Côte de Beaune: located 150 km north of Lyon, starting in Santenay and finishing between Beaune and Cote de Nuit appellation, this vineyard is the homeland of Chardonnay Grape. C
ôte de Beaune gives birth to 7 White Chardonnay Grand Crus (Corton, Corton-Charlemagne, Bâtard-Montrachet, Montrachet, Bienvenue-Bâtard-Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet) and only one Red Pinot Noir Grand Crus, also called Corton. Côte de Beaune features many Premier Cru classed red and white wines in world known town names as Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Blagny, Ladoix-Serrigny, Saint Aubin, etc.

Côte Chalonnaise: this vineyard is named after the town of Chalon-sur-Saône, located on the Saône River, 130 km north of Lyon. The principal grapes varieties of C
ôte Chalonnaise are Chardonnay & Pinot Noir with some plantations of Aligoté in Bouzeron town and also some Gamay. The communes of Rully, Mercurey, Givry, Montagny features some Premier Cru classed vineyards but currently there is no Grand Cru classed vineyards in Cote Chalonnaise.

Macon: situated 75 km north of Lyon, the “Maconnais” vineyard produces young red wines made of Gamay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris and white wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc Grapes. There are 42 villages in the Mâconnais region, broken out into seven designations: Macon, Macon Superieur, Macon Village, Pouilly Fuissé, Pouilly Loche, Pouilly Vinzele, and Saint Veran. Pouilly Fuissé is the most famous Macon wine appellation: It’s a 100% chardonnay normally aged in oak barrel for a year.


Beaujolais: Gamay & Chardonnay.


Located North of Lyon at 35 km., this region features 3 distinctive areas:

* The Crus Region:
the north area hosts 10 appellations called the jewels of the Beaujolais crown: Brouilly, Chenas, Chiroubles, C
ôte de Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, Morgon, Moulin a vent, Regnie and Saint Amour. Each town features selected soils with different terroirs and produce Gamay wines which can be aged a few years.

* Beaujolais Villages: between Villefranche and Belleville, the appellation spreads over 38 communes and accounts for 25% of all Beaujolais wines production. In Beaujolais Villages, the Gamay grape grows mainly on granite soils which give more “body” to the wines.

* Beaujolais Golden Stones:
located in the south, this region looks like the Italian Toscana with its rolling fields and beautiful countryside. During centuries, men extracted the local yellow stone to build rustic villages with beautiful houses, churches, and medieval castles. The Gamay grape grows here on a limestone soil to give birth to light red Beaujolais and wonderful white Chardonnays.



Northern Rhone Valley: Syrah & Viognier.


Situated South of Lyon between Vienne and Valence, the North Rhone Valley region gives birth to prestigious wine appellations:

Condrieu, Côte Rotie & Chateau Grillet: The Rhone River has been digging the earth for millennium to draw a valley with hilly and tortuous relief to create the perfect “terroir” for the legendary Syrah and Viognier grapes. Since 2000 years, men have been growing grapes on these vertigo-inducing slopes, providing a striking spectacle. Suddenly, one realizes the huge courage and the hard work of wine-makers to provide us these great wines.

Hermitage, Crozes Hermitage, St Joseph, Cornas & St Peray:
Hermitage area has been famous since the 17th century thanks to its red Syrah and white Marsanne and Roussanne wines. The name Hermitage, according to legend, comes from the French word "ermite" which means hermit. Gaspard de Sterimberg, a wounded 13th century crusader seeking refuge, built the Chapel of St. Christopher at the top of the largest domed hill and lived the rest of his life in self-imposed seclusion. Nowadays, the Hermitage legend keeps going through 5 renowned wine appellations with unique characteristics.



Southern Rhone Valley: a tradition of blending.


Located 220 km south of Lyon near Avignon starts under a warmer climate what we call the Southern C
ôtes du Rhone Appellations. Grenache, Mourvèdre with Syrah are the main grapes varieties to produce the famous blended Côtes du Rhone Crus wines:

Gigondas, Vacqueyras & Beaumes de Venise: all 3 appellations lay at the bottom of the beautiful Dentelles de Montmirail Mountains. Gigondas and Vacqueyras wines are dominant Grenache with some Syrah and Mourvedre grapes for the reds. Beaumes de Venise appellation is famed for its natural fortified sweet wine made from the Muscat grape.

Chateauneuf du Pape: it is propably the most famous Côtes du Rhône crus wine around the world. Its name comes from the Popes who selected this town to be their summer residence in the 14th century and did a lot to encourage the wine production and the expanding of the vineyards. A red Chateauneuf du Pape wine can be elaborated with 8 different grape varieties and 5 for the white. The soil is mainly made up of large round quartz stones mixed with sandy red clay.



Located at only a stone through from Lyon, Savoy, Bugey & Mont du Lyonnais regions also produce some nice AOC wines: Chignin, Cerdon, Roussette, etc.

 
 

 

 

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Burgundy Great Vineyards

Public Tour

Beaujolais Crus

Beaujolais Golden Stones

The Original Syrah

Chateauneuf du Pape

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