Wonderful Wine Regions Around Lyon

Lyon is considered to be the food capital of France, and it’s also situated between two of the country’s most famous wine regions – Beaujolais to the North and Rhône to the South.


Much of the winemaking in France has been on-going since Roman times and in this region the wines from the right bank of the river were particularly flavoured by royalty and the papal communities of Avignon in the south of the appellation (the legally and geographically defined area where grapes for wine are grown).

The appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) of Côtes du Rhône(CDR) covers around 200 kilometres and produces an average of 400-500 million bottles of wine per year. It’s a sub section of the much more desirable (and more expensive) Northern and Southern Rhône.

Throughout the region there are no fewer than 19 AOC, each with their own unique rules. For example the only red grape permitted in Northern Rhône is Syrah; whereas Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, from the Southern region the wine is made from a blend of up to 13 grapes (eight red and five white). The style of wine in Rhône can vary widely, but they are known to be rich and flavoursome and are loved for their full body.


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In France, more than any other country in the world, the rules for wine making are extremely strict. For example, in the new world, such as California it’s possible to make rosé with a blend of red and white wines, whereas in the old world and particularly France, this is forbidden. Rose is made from red grape varieties with the colour coming from the grape skins. In CDR a maximum of 20% white grapes can be used to make rosés.


Wine from here uses the Gamay grape which is a hybrid of Pinot Noir and an ancient variety called Gouais.

Beaujolais is considered to be part of Burgundy administratively speaking and produces wines which are more like a mix of the sub-regions of Burgundy. Producers here concentrate primarily on very light red wines with a reasonably high acidity, with only around 1% of the total output given over to white wine.

There are thousands of wine growing properties in the region and it is well worth checking with individual vineyards in if they can pick you up from your hotel in Lyon to take you on a tour that will usually culminate in a tasting of some of the best wines to pass your lips.

Check out some wine tours and take you palate on a journey of taste discovery all over France.

Catherine Halsey writes for a digital marketing agency on a range of subjects. This article links back to http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-lyon

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