A gourmet day
9 am: Leave Lyon
Arrive in Beaujeu at 10 am, and start the day with a visit to La Maison du Terroir Beaujolais, a site devoted to wonderful flavours and discoveries. Dive into the friendly atmosphere of the traditional festivities! Under your feet and before your very eyes, the Beaujolais region is unveiled through the numerous films on show and also through tasting local products. And if you're good, La Maison du Terroir Beaujolais may even reveal its secret ingredients…
Around 11.30, take to the wine route to discover the Cru Morgon wine cellar, which is typical of Beaujolais wines. Here, in a late 17th century castle, situated in a wildlife park in the centre of the village, partake in a tasting of Morgon wine (with moderation of course!). By this time, you should have worked up an appetite, so head for one of the many restaurants offering local specialities.
In the afternoon, continue along the wine route, climbing to La Terrasse du Beaujolais restaurant. Make the most of the magnificent views across the Beaujolais region. If the weather is fine, you may even get to see the Mont-Blanc. From here, a walking trail punctuated by small plaques will lead you on a discovery of the secrets of the 10 famous Beaujolais crus.
On the way back, stop off for a taste of Chiroubles wine at the Terrasse de Chiroubles. At about 5.30 pm, leave Chiroubles by the wine route and head for Romanèche-Thorins where you can get back onto the motorway at Crêches-sur-Saône. In passing you'll be able to admire the lovely windmill ("Moulin-à-vent" in French) that lent its name to the famous French wine.
6:30 pm: Back to Lyon
NOT TO BE MISSED!
- From July to August: Beaujolez-vous, get into the Beaujolais spirit with free entertainment throughout the summer!
- In August: the Le Cri du Col cultural festival in Monsols
- In November: Les Sarmentelles in Beaujeu, in celebration of Beaujolais Nouveaux
GETTING HERE BY CAR
Take the A6 towards Paris. Exit n° 30 for Belleville-sur-Saône
For further information: Beaujolais Vignoble