Ah, Beaujolais, where the unhurried life is complemented by rolling vineyards, beguiling villages, old churches, splendid estates and country roads that twist into the hills. This rural paradise is within easy reach of Lyon, which is a mere 50km to the southeast.
An oenophile's nirvana, the region is synonymous with its fruity red wines, especially its 10 premium crus, and the Beaujolais Nouveau, drunk at the tender age of just six weeks. Vineyards stretch south from Mâcon along the right bank of the Saône for some 50km. Renowned wine-producing villages include Brouilly, Villié-Morgon, Fleurie, Juliénas, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour Bellevue. Be sure to factor in plenty of time for wine tasting.