Famous wines and unsuspected vintages of Northern Rhone Valley

The vineyards in the Rhône Valley
Located in southeastern France, on the Rhône River, sits Vienne. This is much more than a postcard-worthy French country town—it was once an important provincial capital in the Roman Empire. In fact, it was Julius Ceasar who transformed it into a major urban center around 47 BCE. Today's experience, however, involves a visit to the surrounding northern Rhône Valley, not so much for the fascinating history but for a sampling of the area's famous wines. 

The first stop on this private, half-day tour is the prestigious Cote-Rôtie vineyard. Here you'll quaff delicious varietals on terraced vineyards overlooking the Rhône River. You'll experience the perfection of the Syrah and Viognier grapes in the very region where they were first grown. But it doesn't stop there—throughout the tour, you'll have an opportunity to taste and learn about seven different varietals of Cotes-du-Rhône wines. By the end of the experience, you'll practically be an expert oenologist yourself.

Tours that Include Famous wines and unsuspected vintages of Northern Rhone Valley

Avignon's Pont Saint-Bénézet in the Southern Rhône valley, gateway to Provence
Rhône Valley Family Tour: Lyon to Marseille - 12 Days

This self-drive 12-day itinerary highlights the best of the Rhône Valley, from north to south. Perfect for the whole family, you'll start in food forward Lyon, then work your way through the colorful countryside of Provence and down to Marseille on the Mediterranean coast. Along the way, you'll taste full-bodied wines, marvel at ancient Roman ingenuity, and enjoy the majestic beauty that is southern France.