Delight in a beautiful landscape shaped by vines and dotted with countless chateaux; stop for a bite in one of the warm and inviting Beaujolais Bistrots.
The Beaujolais Wine Route
Explore the 140km Beaujolais Wine Route at your own pace – on foot, by bike or car – and discover the magnificent Beaujolais wine region and its 12 different appellations. From Saint-Amour, visit the north of Beaujolais and its 10 crus, part of the Beaujolais Villages appellation. Head over to Lozanne in the south of the wine region to explore the Beaujolais appellation.
Each journey along the Beaujolais Wine Route is unique thanks to the different stops along the way, each filled with new delights and curiosities. Stop in Romanèche-Thorins to visit the Windmill, which gave its name to one of the most famous crus in Beaujolais, and have fun as you explore Europe’s first vine and wine theme park, the Hameau Duboeuf.
Beaujolais will offer plenty of pleasant surprises throughout your trip, with almost 200 cellars open to the public which meet the “Beaujolais: une terre, des vins, un accueil privilégié” quality scheme.
A historic heritage in a beautiful landscape
A definite highlight of this route is Beaujeu, the historic capital of Beaujolais, where the Maison du Terroir Beaujolais visitor centre and its range of family-friendly tourist activities and entertainment await! Follow this with a climb to the summit of Mont Brouilly and admire the breathtaking panorama of the slopes and Saône valley. You’ll also find a géoscope, an information panel with details on the diversity of the Beaujolais soil and terrain and how the landscape was formed.
Next it’s time for a stop in Vaux-en-Beaujolais, also known as Clochemerle, where you can immerse yourself in the world of Gabriel Chevallier’s novel; be sure to visit the village cellar where you can sample Beaujolais Villages or grape juice by the glass in a cosy setting.
Pierres Dorées villages and Beaujolais Bistrots
Beaujolais will offer plenty of pleasant surprises throughout your trip, with almost 200 cellars open to the public which meet the “Beaujolais: une terre, des vins, un accueil privilégié” quality scheme. At Villefranche-sur-Saône, travel back in time as you follow the city trail and discover houses, courtyards and other remnants of a Renaissance past.
Finally, in the south of Beaujolais, don’t miss out on a piece of Tuscany in France as you stroll through the streets of the 39 traditional Pierres Dorées (Golden Stones) villages, awarded the “Vignobles & Découvertes” quality label. At Oingt, Ternand or Charnay, you’ll never tire of these houses and buildings that are built from ochre stone and bask in the sunlight.
And if you fancy a bite to eat along the way, why not visit one of the Bistrots Beaujolais dotted throughout the vineyard, where tasty meals accompanied by Beaujolais wines await!