How to spend a perfect day in the Vallée du Rhône?

Let me tell you how to spend a perfect day in the Vallée du Rhône – the perfect day out near Lyon where you can discover even more wines of Rhone…

So, for the best wine experience around Lyon, you can go to Beaujolais and I wrote about here it. It’s truly beautiful and I had amazing memories of having a lunch among grapes and stunning landscape… I felt in love with a charming Oingt Oingt … yet for my favorite wine which is Cote du Rhône, I always wanted to visit Valley du Rhône. The other vineyards area near Lyon located in Drôme département to be precise. So I did and I had a perfect day trip out near Lyon. So now I can help you out to plan yours….Obviously, the area is huge, there is a lot to do, the choice for roads, caves, wine shops, picnic spots, panoramas is overwhelming. So instead of getting a headache and ending up undecided on what to do in the Vallee du Rhone, keep it simple, easy & relaxing and on the budget… See my suggestion for a perfect day out from Lyon to get the very good wine experience and go & go or if you have been let me know what did you enjoy the most…

How to spend a perfect day in the Vallée du Rhône

So I did and I had a perfect day trip out near Lyon. So now I can help you out to plan yours….Obviously, the area is huge, there is a lot to do, the choice for roads, caves, wine shops, picnic spots, panoramas is overwhelming. So instead of getting a headache and ending up undecided on what to do in the Vallee du Rhone, keep it simple, easy & relaxing and on the budget… See my suggestion for a perfect day out from Lyon to get the very good wine experience and go & go or if you have been let me know what did you enjoy the most…

Start by getting the feel of vineyards.

Start by getting the feel of vineyards. Do a road trip around fields full of grapes fields which you won’t see elsewhere. You can choose one from here. Make a stop, have a closer look at the grapes, respect the hard work of the owner, don’t ‘taste’ too many, be careful and don’t destroy any but look how they mature, they might be small, big and ready to collect, all depends when you are doing your trip. I have seen grapes in different stages. The last ones, really small, not matured yet.

Do a wine tasting in a modern style - cavetain

Do a wine tasting in a modern style. Visit Cave de Tain. I was recommended this wine place as it offers a lot: it’s a big boutique plus modern cave where you can taste wines for free. The staff is very nice and welcoming and speaks good English. You can just visit, try the wine and buy a bottle or two. If you plan to be ‘more adventurous’ – I mean if you have time, energy and you are very interested in the subject of wine, you can book in advance a range of activities: vineyard outings, visits to the Cave de Tain, wine-tasting sessions, wine events and rental of our facilities. Check here and book.

Do the wine discovery by a real old style produce

Do the wine discovery by a real old style producer. I found one in Ampuis, the domain which produces wines since 1860 – Domaine Barge. Old style, hard work of owners, old caves. They are very welcoming and provide you with the wine tasting and sell you a bottle lets say anytime they are available. They will do a tour, wine degustation if you make an appointment and arrange a group of 10 as you can see here. At the end of the day, you might just call and see if they can offer you a visit just for you / your family/ friends. Worth mentioning is the fact that on top of the wines they also offer accommodation if you are interested here.

Get yourself a bottle or two wines

Get yourself a bottle or two. As I mentioned both places will have a nice selection of wines to buy. Domain Barge will offer you: Cote Rotie, Saint Joseph Blanc & Rouge; Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu just to name a few. Check here for more details. Cave de Tain has a much bigger choice – it’s quite a boutique! Look here and decide before what to buy if you recognize well the wines otherwise go and taste and choose one or few types to enjoy a glass or two back at home!

Prepare for a picnic on a hill with an amazing view

Prepare for a picnic on a hill with an amazing view. By a real luck, I found an amazing hill next to the Cave de Tain, where I could park, put a picnic blanket, eat a lunch on a fresh air and admire vineyards and Rhone river. There were 2 hills to choose and one is called Belvédère de Pierre Aiguille. Good idea?  I think it’s one of the best ones! Enjoy and let me know how did you like it!

Visit Vallée du Rhône

I hope you like my idea for a perfect day trip out near Lyon to get very good wine experience. I know I have not done even half of the things that Vallee du Rhône offers so I will definitely come back. If you have any recommendations what else is worth seeing, doing,  experiencing, visiting please let me know. Thank you and…Na zdrowie = Santé = Cheers!

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I am a Polish girl who felt in love with Lyon from the first sight! Jadorelyon is my way of exploring France, the French way of life, their cuisine, sharing the experience from visiting beautiful places in France. Jadorelyon is my new way of adding some Polish influence into French lives and watching on how they like it...

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