Explore the entire northern Rhône Valley from Hermitage to Cote Rotie vineyards and taste the quasi absolute perfection of Syrah and Viognier grapes in their original "terroir". Along this day, let us introduce you to the King and the Queen of the Cotes du Rhone wines while you wine-taste at 3 wineries.
In the morning/afternoon, stop in Vienne to enjoy a spectacular view on the 2000 year old roman theatre and the stunning panorama on the Rhone Valley. With your guide, learn about the "terroir" and the different grapes characteristics of the Northern Cotes du Rhone Region.
Then, cross Ampuis town, the world capital of Syrah and visit Cote Rotie vineyards literally "roasted hillside". Drive on the precipitous vertigo-inducing terraced slopes of Cote Brune and Cote Blonde and appreciate the 30 to 60 degree angles hills bathed in sun facing the beautiful Rhone River.
Later drive through Condrieu, birthplace town of Viognier grape which produces the world famous white wine. You will get to know its unique story, how this grape variety almost died a few years ago.
Then, push the door of a first family winery and enjoy a private winery tour: learn some secrets about the unique Rhone wine-making savoir faire and the art of barrel aging. Then, taste 5 different Cotes du Rhone wines among them, some Condrieu, St Joseph or/and Cote Rotie.
Finally, stop at a second winery to delight yourself with another 5 beautiful Rhone wines: take time to enjoy the intense aromatic Viognier and the quasi absolute perfection of Syrah / shiraz grape of the Northern Cotes du Rhone.
Duration: Morning: 9am-1:15pm, Afternoon: 2-6pm