The Beaujolais and Rhone Valley regions offer excellent wines.
The liquid element
For the French, good wine is essential, as well as its star product internationally, and Lyon has the good fortune to be situated between two great wine regions, Beaujolais and the Rhône Valley. Some of the better known wines here are Côte-Rôtie, which dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, the fruity Condrieu, and of course Beaujolais, characterised by its intense violet colour. Wine tours of many of these vineyards are available, including a close-up look at the lands and production methods, as well as, naturally tastings. And if you can make it here in November, the third Thursday of that month is now known for the decades-old celebration of the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau.