The culture of wine is deeply rooted in Lyon, surrounded by some of France's most legendary vineyards. After you've savoured some of the most distinguished local vintages, it's time to go to the source, and learn more about how this most French of products is created. There are many vineyards which open their doors to visitors, depending on how much time you have and how much you're willing to spend. From Lyon it's possible to make day trips or sometimes half-day trips to the areas of Beaujolais, the Rhône Valley, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and even Burgundy. The vineyard/winery staff and in some cases owners will explain the process, take you through the fields and facilities, and of course provide tastings of this most divine of fermented grape juice. Some tour operators also offer packages combining wine tours with other local culture, hiking, and more.
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