The Original Syrah / Shiraz - Afternoon
Welcome to the Northern Rhone Valley, homeland of the legendary Syrah & Viognier grapes. Only 25 min south of Lyon, along this half day private wine tour, discover one of the oldest and steepest vineyards in the France with terraces walls built under Roman times! Stop at 2 family wineries and wine-taste Cote Rotie, Condrieu & St Joseph appellations considered among the best Cotes du Rhone wines:
Discover of the Northern Cotes du Rhone Vineyards
At 2:00 pm, your English speaking driver-guide picks you up at your hotel in Lyon or close suburbs and transfer you to the Northern Cotes du Rhone region.
En route, stop in Vienne to enjoy a spectacular view on the 2000 year’s old roman theatre and the stunning panorama on the Rhone Valley. With your guide, learn about the "terroir" & the different grapes characteristics of the Northern Cotes du Rhone region.
Then, cross Ampuis town, the world capital of Syrah and visit "Cote Rotie" vineyards literally "roasted hillside". Drive on the precipitous vertigo inducing terraced slopes of "Cote Brune" and "Cote Blonde" and appreciate the 30 to 60 degree angles hills bathed in sun facing the beautiful Rhône River. Make a stop and imagine the work of vine-growers in this unique impressive landscape.
Later drive through Condrieu, birth town of Viognier grape which produces the world famous white wine. The group will get to know its unique story, how this grape varietal almost died a few years ago.
Visit of 2 wineries: St Joseph, Cote Rotie and Condrieu Wine-tasting
Push the door of a first family winery and with your guide enjoy a private winery tour: learn some secrets about the unique Rhone wine-making savoir-faire and the art of barrel aging.
Then, taste 5 different Cotes du Rhone wines among them, some Condrieu, St Joseph or/and Cote Rotie appellations.
After a short drive, visit at a second winery and delight yourself with another 5 beautiful Rhone wines including white and red wines.
It is time to enjoy the intense aromatic Viognier and the quasi absolute perfection of Syrah grape of the Northern Cotes du Rhone in their original terroir.
Meeting Point / Location For Tour Departure
If you stay in an appartment or an house in Lyon city or close suburbs, to ease pick up for your private guide, please be waiting outside in the street at your accommodation address - 10 min before tour departure time. Thank you!
Our Lyon Private Tours operated to Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone, Burgundy, Macon wine regions and Perouges, Annecy cities allow you to make the most of your travels immersing yourself into the destination with absolute flexibility. With a knowledgeable English speaking guide native from Lyon region, visit the best sights at your pace, taste & interact with local wine-makers and artisan producers. You have specific requests or would like to do multiple private wine tours from Lyon, France? Please email us, we will be pleased to tailor your touring itinerary for you!