The "Fascinating Weekend "Vignobles et Découvertes"" in Rhône-Alpes
The grape-harvest has arrived and the vineyards and autumnal landscapes reveal themselves to curious visitors.
Well-informed and thoughtful wine enthusiasts, passionate about culture and heritage, seeking out fresh air and fun-filled activities… All keen eyed grape-harvesters will be won over by this fascinating weekend in the “Vineyards
and Discoveries" destinations of the Rhône-Alpes. This has become the new highlight of the autumn.
The fourth biggest wine region in France by volume produced, the Rhône-Alpes region boasts 42 Protected Appellations of Origin (AOP) and14 Protected Geographical Indications' (IGP).
A touristic region par excellence, it is nevertheless also a star of the wine tourism scene, with sloping vineyards, iconic landscapes, major exceptional touristic and heritage sites and 6 areas that are labelled “Vineyards and Discoveries”.
The 6 " Vineyards and Discoveries" destinations of the Rhône-Alpes
- Savoie, Lac du Bourget & Cœur de Savoie
Here the vineyards cope with a sloping landscape, biodiversity and microclimates. The Crus of the AOC Savoie enjoy balance, freshness and a concentration of flavour. Tastings are enhanced by the magnificent landscapes all around.
- Beaujolais des Pierres Dorées
Young wines and wines to be kept, Beaujolais represents a particular method of wine production, beautiful legends, 10 AOC Beaujolais Crus and over 2000 wine-growers! In this land of golden stones, the ochre limestone of the terroir has been used to construct the wine-growers houses, churches, châteaux and an entire rural heritage that has a distinctly Tuscan air.
- Condrieu – Côte-Rôtie
Here, visitors can discover one of France’s most spectacular wine growing areas. Among the dizzyingly steep and sun-kissed slopes, criss-crossed by paths and dotted with chapels and châteaux, its two AOC Grand Crus are worth the trip, guaranteeing some unforgettable tastings.
- D’Hermitage en Saint-Joseph
Two appellations, jewels of the Drôme and the Ardèche, born from an authentic terroir filled with wine-growing villages and evocative names. Gourmet eateries, grandiose views across the Rhône Valley, Tain l’Hermitage and Tournon jealously watch over their prestigious vineyards from their hilltop positions. The
programme for this convivial weekend includes gourmet discoveries that are technical and enjoyable and a whole range of pleasures to share.
Cornas en Saint-Péray.
Strolling around exploring the curiosities of the southern boundary of the Crus of northern Côtes du Rhône, visitors can look
up and see hilltop villages. However, it is in the area around the Crussol hill, a limestone spur surmounted by a ruined fortress, that the beauty of the vineyards can best be appreciated.