France: Burgundy

Heart of Beaujolais

Southern crus and communes from Lancié to Tarare
By Michael Edwards

This Guide was last updated on 26 April 2011
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Itineraries

One-Day Ideal Itinerary

Overnight at Belleville-sur-Saône
MORNING
Coffee at Hotel de la Route des Vins
Drive to St-Jean d'Ardières, visit the Maison des Beaujolais
Drive to Cercié
Visit Domaine de la Voute des Crozes
Drive to Beaujeu
Visit Les Sources du Beaujolais and the Museum of Folk Art, Hôtel de Ville
Drive to Morgon (hamlet)
Lunch at Le Morgon restaurant

AFTERNOON
Drive to Villié Morgon
Visit Domaine Marcel Lapierre
Return to Belleville
Tea and patisserie at cafés on the Rue de la République
Visit Hôtel de Dieu (18th century hospital) in the town
Dinner at Le Beaujolais, Belleville

 

Two-Day Ideal Itinerary

Overnight in or near Villefranche-sur-Saône
Day One
MORNING
Coffee at Hotel Plaisance
Head south into the Pays des Pierres Dorées via Marcy
Visit La Tour Chappe, the telegraph tower with fabulous views over the Lyonnais hills
Drive on south to Charnay to visit its grand castle (now the town hall)
Drive to L'Eglise des Vignes
Visit L'Espace Pierres Folles
Drive to L'Arbresle (farthest point south in Bas Beaujolais)
Lunch at Capucin (04 37 58 02 47)

AFTERNOON
Drive west to Bully
Visit Cave des Vignerons de Bully, Beaujolais's largest wine cooperative
Drive south west to St Clément sous Valsonne
Overnight and dinner at Hotel Restaurant Saint Clément or eat at Restaurant Jean Brouilly, Tarare (7km)

Day Two
MORNING
Drive north to Ternand, site of stronhold of archbishops of Lyon
Head north over Col du Saule d'Oingt and golden Chateau de la Maladière returning to Villefranche-sur-Saône
Visit 16th century Hôtel de Mignon de Bussy
Drive to Bellevile-sur-Saone
Visit Caves Pierre Ferraud
Drive to Odénas
Lunch at Christian Mabeau

AFTERNOON
Drive to Brouilly
Visit Domaine Rolland (arrange through Caves Ferraud)
Return to Belleville
Dinner at La Maison des Beaujolais

 

 

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