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Northern Rhone & Beaujolais Crus Walk

France, Europe

from £1,575* per person 7 Days September
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours 24 people max
  • Juliénas, france
  • Culinary & Wine Travel trips

There is something iconic about walking whole Beaujolais Crus, Brouilly, Côte de Brouilly, Régnié, Morgon, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent, Chénas, Juliénas and St Amour, and tasting each in turn!

The walk starts in the northerly Cru, St Amour and from here goes to Juliénas, where we taste achitypical wines. We continue through the vineyards and woods of Chénas, stopping for a picnic. We’ll see the famous windmill of Moulin-à-Vent then finish the day with a great tasting of Fleurie and Moulin-à-Vent. The Fleurie here is delightful, and a little weightier than some as it comes from warm vineyards at the bottom of the hill.

Next day, from the woods at the top of the vineyards, we work our way down through the high slopes of Chiroubles. We will have a quick tasting here of these light and highly aromatic wines then continue down to Morgon. We enjoy tasting spicy, meaty and rich Morgon, the second largest of the Crus with decomposing slate soils.

In the afternoon we continue on to Régnié. We complete the Beaujolais crus by our walk over the top of Mont Brouilly and tasting Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly. We enjoy lunch here too. We then transfer from the vineyards of the Beaujolais, which are just north of Lyons, to the great vineyards of the Northern Rhône which are just south of the city.

Tain l’Hermitage is our base for the last three nights, situated on the banks of the Rhône River and lying below the mighty hill of Hermitage. We walk (and at times scrabble!) up the Hermitage hill to see the view at the top. There is a way round or you can opt out, as we have a Hermitage tasting after this back in the village. In the afternoon we cover the low undulating hills of Crozes-Hermitage.

We will taste St Joseph and Cornas wines too during our stay. We have a full day to explore the Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu appellation vineyards with a walk through the woods and valleys that separate them. There will be visits to leading growers in both Condrieu and Ampuis.

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Day 1. Transfer from Dijon. Included dinner in Juliénas. Overnight Juliénas.

Day 2. Winery visit and walking St Verand to Moulin à Vent. Picnic lunch. Wine estate visit. Non-included dinner. Overnight Juliénas.

Day 3. Winery visit and walking to Morgon. Lunch at wine estate. Wine estate visit. Non-included dinner. Overnight Juliénas.

Day 4. Winery visit and walk over Mont Brouilly. Lunch at wine estate. Drive to Tain. Non-included dinner in Tain l’Hermitage. Overnight Tain l’Hermitage.

Day 5. Winery visit and walk Hermitage hill. Lunch at a wine bar. Walk Crozes Hermitage and wine estate visit. Non-included dinner in Tain l’Hermitage. Overnight Tain l’Hermitage.

Day 6. Winery visit and walk Condrieu to Vérenay. Lunch at Auberge. Walk and wine estate visit. Included dinner in Tain l’Hermitage. Overnight Tain l’Hermitage.

Day 7. Depart from Tain l’Hermitage (please see below for details).

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