In the heart of French wine country, Lyon makes a strategic base for wine-themed tours. With Beaujolais and Burgundy to the north, the Rhone Valley to the south, and the little-known Bugey and Jura wine regions close to the Swiss border, here are some options for Lyon wine tours.
Each region has its own specialty, ensuring that every wine lover’s tastes are catered to. Within the Burgundy wine region, the Côte de Nuit appellation is known for its pinot noir red wines, the Côte de Beaune for its fine chardonnays, and the Côte Chalonnaise and Maconnais vineyards for their aligoté and pinot noir wines. The Beaujolais wine region of the Saône Valley has the best wamay wines, while south of Lyon, the hilly vineyards of Côte Rôtie, Côtes du Rhône, and Chateauneuf du Pape in the Rhone Valley are best known for their rich reds—most notably syrah and grenache.
- Visit the historic wineries and cellars of the Mâconnais and Rhone Valley regions on a small-group or private tour.
- Meet the winemakers, discover the importance of terroir, and learn about the cru classification system on a guided winery tour.
- Sample a variety of great wines without leaving the city, with an expert-led tasting at a traditional Lyon wine cellar.
- Enjoy a gourmet wine tour with a fun twist and explore the Beaujolais vineyards on a bike or Segway.