The Original Shiraz / Syrah - Afternoon
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 private 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 Wines:
At 2:00 pm, your English speaking driver-guide picks you up at your hotel or appartment in Lyon or close suburbs for a private wine tour to the Cotes du Rhone vineyards - Northern part.
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.
Cote Rotie, Condrieu & St Joseph wine-tasting at 2 Rhone vineyards:
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 in their original terroir.
A wine tour from Lyon not to miss for the Shiraz & Viognier lovers!
Ponto de Encontro /Lugar de partida do Tour
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!