Come and meet the emblematic Crus du Beaujolais, a land that produces the cult Beaujolais Nouveau. Caught in a vice between -North Burgundy and -South - the Rhone Valley, the region offers you a 140 km long road full of surprises. The vineyard, perched between valleys and hills, offers quality wines and breathtaking panoramas: the ideal setting for wine tourism. Fans of Chiroubles and Brouilly, find the 5 essential crossing points for your Route des Vins du Beaujolais.
At the border with the Burgundy vineyards, the first stop on your itinerary will be Saint-Amour. This small village of a little over 500 inhabitants will delight you with its charm and the warm welcome of its inhabitants. The city also lends its name to the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) of the local wines. There, it is the black gamay that is the most cultivated: the particularity of this city is that it produces Burgundy appellations (Bourgogne aligoté, Crémant de Bourgogne or Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Village).
Don't be surprised if, during your break, Duboeuf's name is displayed all over the city, or rather the Hamlet. For the record, it was in the 1960s that Georges Duboeuf, descended from a family of winegrowers, created the Wines of the same name. Over time, the Duboeuf family has become an institution in the region, and will welcome you to its vineyards, cellars and winery for exclusive visits and tastings with the winegrowers: become an expert on wine!
Between valleys and hills, continue your Wine Route and stop at the foot of Mont Brouilly. This symbol of the region is the meeting place of the "Amis de Brouilly" who meet annually before the harvest to celebrate the wines of the appellation and hope to produce a good harvest. If you are not there during this unmissable event, you can always visit the magnificent chapel. The winegrowers of the region will welcome you with open arms for a visit and a tasting at their home, so don't hesitate!
As the sub-prefecture of the Rhône district, Villefranche is the most populated city in the region. It is in this urban area surrounded by vineyards that you will find good traditional restaurants that will delight you after a day's walk. You will also have the opportunity to taste the wines of the local appellations: will you choose the Côtes du Rhône or Beaujolais?
In any case, after your feast, it is strongly recommended to walk around the charming city centre and make a detour to the imposing Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame-des-Marais, in the middle of National Street.