If you want to get to the city of two hills by train from Paris, the journey will take you 2 hours to cover approximately 465 kilometers. For another trip from the south of France, go to Montpellier or Marseille, the TGV will take about 1h45 to arrive in Lyon.
Today considered as the third municipality of our country by its population, Lyon hides magnificent historical monuments and sumptuous vineyards that we invite you to discover as soon as possible. Whether in Beaujolais or in the Rhône Valley, the vineyards around Lyon offer you breathtaking views and exceptional wines.
- Visiting the city of Lyon
- Discover the Coteaux du Lyonnais
- Taste wines from estates around Lyon
- Château de Champ-Renard
- Winalist opens the door to the wine estates of Lyon and its surroundings
- FAQ & Useful resources
Visiting the city of Lyon
When you arrive on site, we suggest you go to the main districts of the city which are also the oldest: Fourvière, Saint-Jean (Vieux-Lyon), Croix-Rousse, Presqu’île or even Guillotière.
You can thus go to the heights of Lyon to visit the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and then stroll through Old Lyon, which is the district representing the medieval period and the Renaissance.
La Croix-Rousse, for its part, is on a hill and is also nicknamed “the hill that works” unlike Fourvière which is called “the hill that prays”. This district is marked by the silk industry of the time and is adored by the people of Lyon.
The Presqu’île has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999 and is the central part of the city of Lyon, so you can’t miss it! Finally, go to La Guillotière which is the ethnic district of the city where nationalities merge and meet.
After this cultural visit to the city of Lyon, let’s discover the vineyards around Lyon and its riches.
Discover the Coteaux du Lyonnais
The Coteaux du Lyonnais, located around the city of Lyon, maintain the link between the vineyards of Beaujolais and those of the Rhone valley.
The Coteaux du Lyonnais vineyard experienced its greatest expansion in the 19th century, before the phylloxera crisis, parasitic aphids in the roots of the vine. At the time, the vines covered just over 12,000 hectares, an area similar to that of Beaujolais. The vine disease caused by this insect and the development of the Lyon area have forced the vineyard to reduce its area. The vine then only survived on two islets, one to the north (Beaujolais), the other to the south-east of Lyon (the Rhône Valley).
The main grape varieties of Coteaux du Lyonnais are as follows:
- Gamay noir with white juice for red and rosé wines. The image of Gamay is particularly associated with a light, fruity, sweet, pleasant red wine, to be drunk young.
- Chardonnay for white wines. It is a dry white wine falling into the category of still wine. This grape variety has a high alcohol potential, up to 14°. These wines are often delicate full-bodied while retaining the scent of the grape.
Even though more than 75% of the wines of the region are red wines, we find rosé wines and sumptuous white wines.
To take full advantage of this vineyard, we have selected 4 wine tourism experiences for you to enjoy with our partner winegrowers during your getaway.
Taste wines from estates around Lyon
Domaine de Prapin
In the Beaujolais Vineyard, the Domaine de Prapin opens its doors wide for you to discover its vines, its history and above all its wines. On the program: a guided tour of the cellar and the vines and explanations about the work of the winegrower. Then a tasting of six wines from the Domaine’s range accompanied by Lyonnais sausage, farmhouse cheeses and delicious country bread.
Still in the Beaujolais vineyard, we invite you this time to visit the Domaine Paire, which practices organic farming on a four-century-old estate.
The Estate offers you a tour of the History of the Winegrower in Beaujolais composed of a magnificent collection of old wine and vine tools. The winegrowers will comment on the different vinification methods, oenology, natural yeasts, sulphites… And will end up having you taste 4 to 5 wines from the estate while teaching you how to open, serve and taste them for pleasure. bigger still. You will study the color of the wines, the aromas that emerge from them and the food and wine pairings. This tasting will be accompanied by local products.
Les Vins Dévoilés
Our next experience is in the Rhone Valley Vineyard. The wine tourism agency Les Vins Dévoilés invites you to a workshop with a playful dimension to allow you to learn more about the history of the northern Rhône and the southern Rhône. You will handle five rare wines representative of the grape varieties or blends and star of the Tables of the region. The tasting of these wines is, of course, planned.
Château de Champ-Renard
We close the ball by suggesting you go to the Château de Champ-Renard, in the Beaujolais vineyard, to spend a friendly moment with friends or family. The host will be waiting for you for a private visit of the property which includes the exteriors and the gardens in order to discover the history of the castle. This is followed by a walk in the vineyards to soak up the terroir. Afterwards, you will visit the vat room and the aging cellar and learn more about the winemaking process. You will end this tour in style with the tasting of 4 cuvées from the Château paired with 4 cheeses matured by the Blacé cheese maker.
You will leave this visit with your eyes full of stars, your loop filled with flavors and your hands filled with a screen-printed glass from the Château as a gift.
Winalist opens the door to the wine estates of Lyon and its surroundings
Winalist offers you more than 60 activities to experience around Lyon. Take advantage of these moments to combine the good taste of wine with the pleasure of experiencing an activity with family or friends.
FAQ & Useful resources
Where to go out this weekend around Lyon?
– Large park of Miribel Jonage
– Go to the city of Vienna
– Pilat Regional Natural Park
– The Beaujolais wine route
– Perouges and Bugey
– The Grottes de la Balme
How to occupy yourself for free in Lyon?
– Attend a free lunchtime concert at the Opéra de Lyon.
– Visit the former prison of Montluc
– Climb to the roof of the Musée des Confluences
– Drooling in front of the Halles Paul Bocuse stands
Where to go in Lyon when it rains?
– Les Traboules at the Vieux-Lyon disctric
– The Halles Paul Bocuse
– Les Serres at Parc de la Tête d’Or
– Aquarium of Lyon
– Musée Miniature et Cinéma
– Way Out Lyon
– The Wall of Lyon
Where to go for a walk in Lyon?
– Mont Thou hike
– Walk around the Lac Bleu d’Ambérieu
– Explore Parc de Lacroix Laval
– Walk around the Lac du Ternay
– From Place Bellecour to l’Île Barbe
– The Carrières de Glay
– Walk around Lac des Sapins
– Hiking at Crêt de la Perdrix