Beaujolais: Where to stay, shop, eat and relax

Beaujolais

Hotels and Restaurants

Château de Bagnols
Five-star moated château-hotel in the heart of Pierres Dorées country. chateaudebagnols.co.uk

L’Auberge du Château
Combine Yannick Bourgeois- Faucon’s retour du marché menu at his Bully auberge with a wander through the Pierres Dorées villages. aubergedu-chateau.com

Auberge de Corcelles
Village inn packed with locals drawn by the Japanese chef’s great value three-course lunch menu. Tel: +33 (0)4 74 60 65 87

Domaine du Clos des Garands
B&B in a Beaujolais manor house outside Fleurie with four spacious rooms decorated with French chic. closdesgarands.fr

La Poularde
Stylish, four-course menu by Olivier Muguet in his minimalist-chic, one-star bistro at La Chapelle-de- Guinchay. lapoularde.free.fr

Domaine de la Chapelle de Vâtre
Three rooms and a self-catering apartment at this stone property in the foothills of the Monts de Beaujolais at Jullié, with views out over the vineyards. vatre.com

Auberge du Paradis
Inventive, no-choice tasting menu from Cyril and Valérie Lignier at their one-star Michelin auberge in St-Amour which has a terrace and a pool. aubergeduparadis.fr

Shops

Huilerie Beaujolaise
Jean-Marc Montegottero’s boutique in Beaujeu sells pressed oils (walnut, hazelnut, pistachio, pine nut, rapeseed and sesame), favoured by top French chefs. huilerie-beaujolaise.com

La Croisée des Vins
Friendly advice from this Belleville shop owned by négociant Louis Tête, with Beaujolais bottlings plus regional French wines. Tel: +33 (0)4 74 66 17 18

Le Hameau du Vin
Amid Beaujolais, there are cuvées worth attention at Duboeuf’s wine centre in Romanéche-Thorins. Let the audioguide take you through didactic displays, the winery and the botanical garden, ending up in the bistro. hameauduvin.com

Vinea Bourgogne-Beaujolais
If your dream is to own a vineyard (or château or manor house surrounded by vines), this estate agent in Belleville has the pick of the crop. Tel: +33 (0)4 74 66 47 81

Tourist trail

Beaujolais apps
Free iPhone and iPad downloads (tourist trails, Beaujolais Wine Route, interviews with winemakers) from iTunes. h/itunes.apple.com/fr/app/zevisit-magazine

Fête des Crus
Street party held in spring that rotates between the villages of the 10 crus (this year 7-8 May in Fleurie). fetedescrus-beaujolais.com

Hôtel-Dieu
Once Belleville’s hospital for the poor, now a museum with alcove beds, apothecary with ceramic collection and wooden cabinets full of linen. rhonetourisme.com

La Voie Verte
The old railway line from Belleville to Beaujeu is reborn as a stunning route at the foot of the vineyards. ot-beaujolaisvaldesaone.fr

Cadoles et Sens
Association to preserve the 18thcentury cone-shaped, dry-stone vineyard huts (cadoles). Themed/ guided walks, with picnic basket and wine tasting built in. www.cadolesetsens.fr


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