Aside from the glorious grape, the Rhône 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.
We are delighted to welcome Stephen Spurrier, one of the world's most respected wine experts, to lead our Rhone Reserve tour. We travel from North to South exploring the very best that the Rhone has to offer, from the floral whites of Condrieu, to the exemplary Syrahs of Côte Rôtie and Hermitage Hill and, of course, Châteauneuf-du- Pape. We explore both the traditional and the modern winemakers of this region, tucked away in South East France. We follow the course of the great Rhone Valley, which winds through the vine-covered hills, picturesque towns and, above all, superlative wineries.
Most famous for masterminding the Judgement of Paris, Stephen Spurrier has now turned his passion to biodynamic wines. On this tour, we visit some of the smaller growers and producers who are pioneering natural wine-making. In addition there are a wealth of 'stars' who have opened their doors for us including: Georges Vernay, Guigal and Chapoutier to name a few.
Throughout our six day tour we stay in some truly wonderful hotels and enjoy spectacular meals including in Lyon – the gastronomic capital of the region. With so much impeccable choice when it comes to wine, food and hospitality there really is no place like Rhône.
- Guided by Steven Spurrier — mastermind behind the infamous 1976 ‘Judgement of Paris’, and founder of the Academie du Vin and the Christie’s Wine Course, who better to lead our foray into the Rhône?
- Truly a getaway for those with a passion for wine — from Châteauneuf-du-Pape to the ‘roasted slope’, we taste wines of unbelievable calibre, and meet the skilled artisans behind them
- Our Reserve Tours’ dedication to the finer things doesn’t begin and end with wine…we stay in a sumptuous 5* hotel throughout, and enjoy gastronomic
- Dine at a number of wonderful restaurants, including Le Beau Rivage at Condrieu, the Michelin starred Chabran near Tournon, and the Hôtel Restaurant La Beaugravière in Mondragon
The Rhône’s most iconic appellation is Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which we sample at the successful Ogier Caves – but there are many strings to this bow. Other highlights include the well-structured reds of Michael Chapoutier and the honey-gold whites of Domaine de Trevallon, with glorious notes ranging from marzipan to pear...