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Alexandre Chatelet
Vignobles en Beaujolais
Vignoble Beaujolais
Kanpai - Côtes du Rhône - Ampuis
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Lyon, a city synonymous with wine

Alexandre Chatelet, wine Sommelier at Malleval

This sommelier at Malleval acquaints us with the main wine appellations from the region and shares some of his favourites with us.

What are the different wine appellations in the Lyon region and what are their characteristics? 

Lyon is situated between two major wine producing regions: the Rhône valley and the Beaujolais area. The most prestigious wine appellations are to be found in the Rhône valley including the Côte-Rôtie for the reds and the Condrieu for the whites.

Based on Syrah and Viognier grape varieties, grown on the hillsides, the Côte-Rôtie is an outstanding wine for relaxing and perfect for accompanying red meat dishes.

The Condrieu is a quality white wine based from a Viognier variety and it is ideal for aperitifs.

There are also some excellent Côtes-du-Rhône vintages.

Finally, the Beaujolais area produces some very interesting wines, including the Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie and Régnié, which are reminiscent of Burgundy wines.

Which wine tours around Lyon would you recommend?

You can visit Condrieu and the Côte-Rôtie villages: Ampuis, Saint-Cyr-sur-le-Rhône and Tupin-et-Semons, just a 40-minute drive from Lyon heading towards Vienne. This is an outstanding area with two hills, the "blonde" and the "brown" which proudly overlook the Rhône river. In the autumn when the vines are changing colour, or in the spring when their flowers bud, the scene is simply magical! Feel free to chat with the winegrowers, who take their work very seriously in this region.

And don't forget, if you're in Lyon in November you simply can't miss the Beaujolais Nouveau. Head off to celebrate the arrival of this new wine with the winegrowers working in the vineyards in Villefranche-sur-Saône, Beaujeu or Belleville-sur-Saône. Its a half an hour drive from Lyon, and take advantage of your trip to visit the "golden stone" villages! What better way to get a real taste of Lyon, first-hand!

Which wines would you bring home in your suitcase?

If you have visited these wine producing estates you are probably already familiar with the wine from these winegrowers! This is definitely the best way to appreciate the various wine varieties. You can then buy it in bulk and take home a “pot Lyonnais” bottle to serve it in.

If you really want to treat yourself, from the inevitable Guigal among the Côte-Rôties and the Duboeuf among the Beaujolais, here are three tips for you: the Condrieu from Chèze, the Côte-Rôtie from Jamet and the Moulin-à-Vent from Vissoux. Take it from me, you won't be disappointed! 

His Lyonnais favourites 

What's the best place to enjoy an andouillette and a quenelle?
 I would definitely recommend a superb andouillette at Les Culottes Longues in the second district. And a melt-in-your-mouth quenelle in a crayfish sauce at  La Voûte, Chez Léa , also located in the second quarter.

What's the best place to go for a romantic stroll?
Along the banks of the Rhône or the Saône. I love strolling there with my wife and my daughter on Sunday when its nice and sunny! 

Where's the best place to meet the "real" people of Lyon?
In the  Croix-Rousse  quarter, for the relaxed atmosphere which doesn't have the of the stress of the city centre.

Where's the best place to party? 
Along the banks of the Rhône , to have a drink by the riverbank during the warmer sunny season.

Where's the best place to purchase a souvenir of Lyon?
At  Malleval ! Ask them to advise you on their best choice or a top-quality bottle from Lyon to take home!

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