Rhône-Alpes, a land of wine : Beaujolais, Côtes du Rhône, Savoie wines

Rhône-Alpes, a land of wine : Beaujolais, Côtes du Rhône, Savoie wines

The Rhône-Alpes, the most naturally diverse region.

Located in the South-East of France, the Rhône-Alpes borders both Italy and Switzerland. From the summit of Mont-Blanc to the lavender fields in the Drôme Provençale, the region offers the widest range of landscapes and activities to satisfy every visitor seeking a great holiday experience.  Boasting the world’s largest ski area plus well-known resorts such as Chamonix, Courchevel and Megève, the Rhône-Alpes sets out its finest ski slopes for you.  The natural environment in the Rhône-Alpes is unrivalled, with two National Parks (Ecrins and Vanoise) and no fewer than six Regional Natural Parks where you can enjoy all your favourite outdoor sports.  The region is equally strong on the lifestyle front, with 61 Michelin-starred chefs plus an array of  “fermes-auberges” where you can enjoy all sorts of local products (Savoie cheeses, Bresse chicken, Lyonnaise charcuterie, chestnuts from the Ardèche and last but not least the wines of the Côtes du Rhône or Beaujolais).  Culturally speaking the region continues to astound, with its “villes d’art et d’histoire” like Lyon, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, or the ancient city of Vienne or its medieval villages.  The Rhône-Alpes is also France’s main thermal region boasting 17 dynamic spa resorts:  The Wellbeing Region.

How to get there?An easy access from the UK: By air: four  airports in the region - Lyon, Geneva, Grenoble, Chambery - with direct flights from the UK all year round (about 20 direct lines) or only in the winter season (about 60) Companies : Air France, British Airways, Easy Jet, Ryanair, Flybe, Swiss…By train: Eurostar and TGV links via Lille and Paris - Lyon is now 5 hours from London St Pancras.All info on http://www.rhonealpes-tourism.co.uk/articles/travel/plane/lyon-airport/getting-to-the-rhone-alps-by-air-215-6.htmlTwo Holiday IdeasFlavours of the Alpes"Everywhere in the world I saw your Chamonix and its glaciers, but nowhere have I come across anything like your Abymes vineyards". This statement by the great traveller Murchison may sound surprising, yet most of those who have been lucky enough to discover our mountains and our vineyards, at the foot of legendary Mount Granier, have enthused about the typical and picturesque site. Every day after hiking in the forest, in the wild alpine pastures and rocks we go down to the foothills of Savoy’s Nature Parks with their colourful history. Here grow vineyards whose ancestral plants give exceptional wines that have earned recognition in wine-expert circles (the world convention of sommeliers took place in Savoy in 2000 as well as the national graduate oenologists congress in 2006. A friend and partner winegrower has just been elected “one of the 15 best wine growers of France” by the prestigious wine guide Bettane and Desseauve.Bernard Vissoud, a wine-specialist and a mountain- guide who was born in Savoy offers to take you on a pleasurable tour of the history, beauty and delights of this region. You will see the sights and meet winegrowers, all in a cheerful, convivial atmosphere.Program : Hiking and discovery in the mountains of the Natural Park of Chartreuse and Bauges, wine-tastings. Length of trip: 3 days/2 nights.The offer includes: value added tax, fee and expenses of the wine-specialist/mountain guide and drivers; organisation & reservations ; transport car costs during 3 days ; 3 wine tasting sessions served with local cocktail snacks ; 3 local good picnics with wine and coffee ; 2 nights, 2 breakfasts at the hotel.The offer not includes : dinners, personnel expenses, possible entrance charges of museums, every expense not included in the proposition.Best season form April to October.Rate: 595 € per person (based on two people sharing) in hotel 2* or guest house 3*.Bookings : Alpes Flaveurs, Bernard VissoudTel : 04 79 28 61 49 - http://www.alpes-flaveurs.com 

Week-end introducing the wines of Drôme Provençale in the south of the regionIn the exceptional site of the Suze-la-Rousse château which houses the Wine University this stay includes 2 days of lessons to understand and recognize the main features and characters of wines. Theoretic lessons on wine producing process and practical wine tasting compose these lessons.Length of stay: 2 days - Dates:  16 and 17 may 2009 / 27 and 28 june 2009 / 11 and 12 july 2009The offer includes: 2 days of wine tasting lessons, lunch at the Château de Rochegude****Rate: 346 € per personContact: Université du Vin Tel : 04 75 97 21 30 - http://www.universite-du-vin.com

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