Small Group Tours
The Original Shiraz / Syrah - Morning
Welcome to the Northern Cotes du Rhone french wine region, homeland of the legendary Shiraz & Viognier grapes varietals! After a 25 min transfer by minivan, discover along this half day wine tour from Lyon, one of the oldest and steepest vineyards in the France starting under Roman times! After a stop in Vienne City, do some wine-tasting at two family wineries and enjoy Cote Rotie, Condrieu & St Joseph wines considered among the most prestigious Cotes du Rhone names.
Vienne City, Cote Rotie and Condrieu wine-tasting
At 9:00 am, your 8-seater minibus leaves Bellecour Square in Lyon to the Northern Cotes du Rhone wine region. En route, stop in Vienne city to enjoy a spectacular view on the 2000 year’s old roman theatre and the stunning panorama on the Rhone Valley. With your Lyon wine guide, learn about "terroir", the geography, Cote Rotie, Condrieu and St Joseph wine appellations.
Then, cross Ampuis town, the world capital of Shiraz grape 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.
Later drive through Condrieu, birth town of Viognier grape which produces the world famous Cotes du Rhone 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 Cotes du Rhone winery and enjoy a private tour: learn some secrets about the unique Rhone wine-making savoir-faire and the art of wine barrel aging.
Then, taste 5-6 different Cotes du Rhone wines among them, some Condrieu, St Joseph or/and Cote Rotie crus appellations.
Finally, stop at a second winery to delight yourself with another 5-6 beautiful Rhone wines: take time to enjoy the intense aromatic Viognier and the quasi absolute perfection of Shiraz grape of the Northern Cotes du Rhone wine region in their original terroir.
A tour for wine lovers visiting Lyon!
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Our Lyon Small Groups Tours to Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone, Macon and Perouges are 8 guests maximum to be able to operate the best possible wine tours and sightseeing excursions. With a friendly, knowledgeable English speaking driver guide, you visit and taste wines at family wineries and renowned castles cellars of Lyon's surrounding vineyards. Our Lyon wine tours and sightseeing excursions are whether half day or full day, with a departure from Lyon Office de Tourisme building, France.