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Lyon France, recommendations for wine tasting/ wineries in that area

Posted by hhowitt, May 1, 2013.


I will be traveling in the Lyon, France area,  are there any recommendations/ must sees that I need to know about/partake in.  Thanks for your help in advance



Reply by duncan 906, May 1, 2013.

If you are interested in wine tourism you could go north into Burgundy or south to Tain and the northern Rhone.Just have a wander as there will be lots of places offering 'degustation' or tasting be they individual growers/producers in the countryside or small wine shops in the towns and villages showcasing the wines of their particular area.Remember that the French winemaker considers himself a craftsman and wants you to enjoy his product.Anyway enjoy your trip and let us all know how you get on via this forum

Reply by hhowitt, May 1, 2013.

Thanks Duncan, 

I have heard that you should make reservations at wineries in France, is that not the case?

Reply by duncan 906, May 2, 2013.

Some places yes,However if you just have a wander around the countryside you will pass many small establishments some of which will have a sign outside saying'vins vendez degustation' or something along those lines where you will be able to taste and hopefully purchase their product.I have not been to Lyon but have heard it is a beautiful city.Are you driving there or flying?I hope you enjoy your trip

Reply by hhowitt, May 2, 2013.

We are in Paris for a few day, taking the train to Lyon,  then renting a car while  in Lyon.  So looking forward to this.

Reply by penguinoid, May 3, 2013.

Lyon is also very close to Beaujolais. I've yet to visit (perhaps next time!) but I gather it's a very beautiful part of the French countryside. There are also some producers making some seriously good wines in Beaujolais now -- especially cru Beaujolais (Morgon, Moulin-à-vent, Fleurie, etc...). I think the ruins of Cluny Abbey are nearby and also open to the public, which would be worth seeing. Then you could head north to Burgundy...

It'd be worth researching in advance which wineries are worth visiting, and perhaps making appointments. If you have to phone your hotel might even be kind enough to ring for you if you're not confident enough to talk French over the phone (harder than in person, surprisingly).

Reply by duncan 906, May 3, 2013.

The French do appreciate an attempt to speak their language and are usually helpful when you do so.Many can speak some English but try to start the conversation in French.Remember that they are all very proud of their language,history,culture, cuisine and especially their wines

Reply by penguinoid, May 9, 2013.

Agree with Duncan 906 -- even just saying "Bonjour, parlez vous anglais?" is more likely to get a positive response than "Do you speak English?"

This might be obvious, but you must say Bonjour to the shopkeeper when you buy something in a shop, as its considered quite rude to not greet them at all. I guess we don't tend to do this in English, but I think the French have it right here ;-)

Reply by duncan 906, May 9, 2013.

Penguinoid is quite right.Every French person will expect a 'Bonjour' or 'Bonsoir' and to be addressed initially as 'monsieur' ,'madame' or 'madamoiselle' regardless of whether they are the cleaner or the president of the Republic

Reply by CarlJBonura, May 9, 2013.

North or South? Why not do both? Head north to the small town of Villefranche sur saone just north of Lyon in the heart of Beaujolais country. Very beautiful countryside. You can find wineries that don't require appointments. Check out their wine trail:

South to Chateauneuf du Pape in the cote du rhone region. Look for a tasting room for Durieu wines in the city and a number of others. Don't forget the Gigonda wines nearby. You can learn more at this link but I don't think you can go wrong staying in this area. http://www.terroir

And yes, learn a few phrases. It will go a long with the locals.

Hope you have a good trip!

Reply by Snoother 1328432, Aug 4, 2013.

Thank you for asking this question.  HHOWITT- Have you taken the trip?  I am heading there in November. We had the same questions.  Any advice you could give would be appreciated.  Thanks.

Reply by Point of Departure, Oct 15, 2013.

The best way to visit this region is along the River - Uniworld offers this amazing itinerary from Lyon to Arles on their Burgundy Provence river cruise 

Provence, once an independent country, has retained a unique identity shaped by the Rhône delta, the welcoming Mediterranean coast, and a hospitable climate. Discover a Roman amphitheater still in use after millennia. Ramble through markets erected on the cobbled squares of delightful villages, and visit the magnificent Palace of the Popes. Spend a morning in Beaune, the wine capital of the region, exploring a palatial Medieval hospital where world-famous wine auctions have taken place for hundreds of years. Discover the many hidden treasures of Lyon, the culinary capital of France. Cruise the Rhône and Saône rivers on Uniworld’s new Super Ship, S.S. Catherine, exploring two regions of France where tradition is as deeply rooted as the historic grapevines on the hills.

Who will enjoy this cruise
Travelers wishing to walk through the lands that inspired Van Gogh, Cézanne, and Gauguin. History buffs, gastronomes, and wine connoisseurs.

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Route to Beaune or Arles with open-air food market
Côtes du Rhône wine tasting in Tain l’Hermitage
Crêpes Suzette-making demonstration and tasting
Special food-and-wine-pairing dinner

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