There’s no place like Rhône…
Viticulture as we know it arrived in Southern France with the Greeks in the 4th century BC. But it was the Romans who really established the vineyards and reputation of the area using the Rhône as their highway through France. The Northern vineyards start just around Vienne and then the Southern start again at Avignon. In the north, the red grape is Syrah and the main white Viognier; in the south a veritable hodge-podge of varieties is planted. This tour offers a chance to compare the complete wines of the Rhône.
You have plenty of free time to explore the cities of Lyon and Avignon and the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Aside from the glorious grape, the Rhone Valley offers a captivating landscape… raw Mediterranean beauty at its best; hillsides covered with maquis, scrub oaks and wild French olives, and dotted with cypress trees.
- Visit renowned regions and top estates of the Rhône such as Chapoutier and Guigal
- Compare the wines of the northern and southern Rhône
- Dine in Lyon, one of France’s gastronomic centres, with its vast array of bars, cafes and restaurants
- Tour Châteauneuf-du-Pape – look around the 14th century château and wander medieval streets near Place du Portail
- North Rhône: powerful red wines, made from the Syrah grape, and luscious white wines made using Viognier grapes
- South Rhône: 95% of Rhône wines come from the south, from every day to premium
- Predominantly red wine made here and usually blends made from varieties such as Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre and Cinsault
- Rosé wine: made from Grenache and Cinsault