Exploring the Beaujolais Wine Journey
Dive into the world of wines with the Beaujolais Wine Route, an extension of the famed Burgundy Wine Route. Spanning 140 kilometers, this route promises a delightful journey across scenic ridges, satisfying both your taste and sight.
Travel from Chânes to the outskirts of Lyon and immerse yourself in the rich heritage of various towns. The hospitable residents eagerly share their unique wines, traditions, and gourmet delights.
Venture North: Delve into the 10 Renowned Crus
Initiate your tour by exploring the lands where the distinguished 10 Beaujolais crus flourish. These include, from north to south: Saint-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Régnié, Côte de Brouilly, and Brouilly. Marvel at these robust wines as they thrive amidst the encompassing valleys and hills. And don’t miss out on the iconic Mont Brouilly with its captivating chapel.
Discover hidden treasures like the Argigny Castle in Charentay. A little secret: whispers say the Templars’ treasure lies within. Nearby, the Tour de la Belle-Mère once served as an ideal lookout for a vigilant mother-in-law.
If fortresses intrigue you, the northern Beaujolais is home to the La Chaize Castle in Odenas, Corcelles Castle, and Juliénas Castle, boasting magnificent vaulted cellars.
Traversing the Beaujolais Villages Region
Journey through the Beaujolais Villages territory, adorned with quaint hamlets and cascading vineyards.
Make a pit stop at Beaujeu, Beaujolais’ ancient capital. Relive the region’s history by visiting sites such as the Saint Nicholas Church, the Beaujeu hospices, and the remnants of the Beaujeu Castle, razed in 1611.
Drive along hills to reach Vaux-en-Beaujolais, hometown to the notable French journalist Bernard Pivot and muse for Gabriel Chevallier’s “Clochemerle”. Then proceed to Salles-Arbuissonnas-en-Beaujolais to marvel at its grand priory, and further on, the medieval Montmelas castle.
The Enchanting Villages of Pierres Dorées
Conclude your voyage amidst the Pierres Dorées or Golden Stones territory. These 39 hamlets, constructed from a radiant ochre stone, glow brilliantly under the sun’s first light. Explore gems like Oingt, fortified Ternand, Marcy, Charnay, Jarnioux, Pommiers, and Bagnols.
Famously dubbed “Little Tuscany”, this region also boasts charming washhouses, castles, and ancient churches nestled amidst the vine-draped landscapes.
Your journey through Beaujolais showcases the region’s wine-centric marvels. For first-timers, expect the unexpected. And if you’re thinking about diving deeper into Beaujolais, this route is your ideal starting point. So, when are you setting off?