Like any respectful vineyard, Beaujolais has its own wine route. Following the Burgundy wine route, it passes through the region's main tourist attractions. You might as well say that this ridge is unique with a 140 km circuit that awakens your taste buds and amazes your eyes.
From Chânes to the gates of Lyon, dozens of communes warmly welcome you to discover their heritage, wines and delicacies.
The North: discover the 10 crus
Start by visiting each of the 10 emblematic Beaujolais crus, in order from north to south: Saint-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Régnié, Côte de Brouilly and Brouilly. Discover the heroic vines proudly erected in the valleys and hills that are open to you. You can't miss the emblematic Mont Brouilly and its charming chapel.
This route through the vineyards of the crus will reveal other treasures such as the castle of Argigny, in Charentay. Don't tell anyone, but it seems that the Templar Knighrs' treasure is hiding there... Not far from there, observe the Belle-Mère Tower which offered its owner a perfect viewpoint to watch over her son-in-law!
Furthermore, if you like castles, you'll be pleased! To the north of Beaujolais, you will find the Château de La Chaize in Odenas, the Château de Corcelles and the Château de Juliénas, with its splendid vaulted cellars.
The Beaujolais wine route takes you through the Beaujolais Villages area and its picturesque villages and sloping vineyards.
Stop by Beaujeu, the historical capital of Beaujolais, indispensable to dive into the history of the region with renowned places like the Church of Saint-Nicolas, the hospices of Beaujeu or the remains of the Beaujeu castle destroyed in 1611.
By a road lined with steeply sloping landscapes, you reach the village of Vaux-en-Beaujolais, where Bernard Pivot (a famous French writer, journalist and TV host) was born and inspired Gabriel Chevallier's novel Clochemerle. Then go to Salles-Arbuissonnas-en-Beaujolais to admire its magnificent priory, before continuing towards the medieval castle of Montmelas.
The atypical villages of the Golden Stones
To end your journey, the wine route takes you through the land of the Golden Stones. As many as 39 villages built with this ochre stone which is adorned with a shimmering light at the first ray of sunshine will come your way. You will find Oingt, Ternand and its fortications, Marcy, Charnay, Jarnioux, Pommiers or Bagnols.
Coined "La Petite Toscane", the land of the Golden Stones also offers beautiful houses, castles, old churches scattered in hilly countryside, dotted with hills and vineyards.
This wine route is an authentic thread running through the main wine tourism attractions of Beaujolais and never fails to surprise those who do not know the region. It is also the landmark for those who want to go further in exploring the region.
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