The vineyards of Beaujolais start about 40km (25 miles) north of Lyon. This wine-producing region is small -- 64km (40 miles) long and less than 16km (10 miles) wide -- yet it's one of the most famous in France. It's known throughout the world because of the Beaujolais wine craze that began in Paris some 30 years ago. In an average year, this region produces more than 190 million bottles of wine. Some 180 châteaux are scattered throughout this part of France. At many of them, you can sample and buy bottles of Beaujolais.
This region is a colorful and prosperous rural area, with vineyards on hillsides, cottages where the growers live, and historic houses and castles. It has been called the "Land of the Golden Stones," but don't expect architectural monuments.
Unlike Alsace, with its Route du Vin, the Beaujolais country doesn't have a defined route. You can branch off in any direction, stopping at whatever point or wine cellar intrigues you. Don't be worried about losing your...more local info
This out-of-the-way restaurant lies (1km/ 2/3 mile north of the village of Belleville-sur-Saône) in a converted antique house, as a refuge from...