Discover the Wines of Lyon
Taste a selection of local French wines while learning all about the wine regions that surround Lyon with an expert sommelier in English. Click here for large groups or corporate events.
Lyon Wine Tastings Quick Facts
- run by expert British-American sommelier Caroline Conner
- 6-7 local wines, chosen by your expert sommelier for their quality and authenticity
- wines are from small-production, sustainably farmed, independent wineries
- all tastings include a cheese and charcuterie platter
- tasting booklet with map, vocab, and tasting note template
- small groups, a maximum of 8 guests
- located in the charming Croix-Rousse in an early 1800s silk factory turned modern loft
- air-conditioned in summer, cozy in winter
- super fun, not snobby
- FAQ here
Wine Tastings in Lyon
My wine tastings take place in central Lyon, in my delightful early 1800s silk factory turned modern loft apartment. Head up the “Hill that Works” to the Croix-Rousse neighborhood. The Croix-Rousse is its own little village, with a world-class food market, independent merchants and artisans, and some killer views over the city. It’s by far the best and most wonderful place in the city, and I’m not biased or anything.
Tasting Wine in an authentic Lyonnais “Canut”
My guests often tell me they were a little freaked out by coming to someone’s apartment, but how happy they are that they decided to come anyway! Let’s just open with: I have air conditioning. That’s right people, sweet, sweet A/C.
But this apartment is so much more than that, it’s me living my French Fantasy and sharing it with you. When you come to my house to do your wine tasting, you won’t only learn about the incredible local wines we have around Lyon, but wine in general, history of wine and Lyon, and expat life in France.
Beaujolais, Rhône, Burgundy and more!
When you arrive at my place, you’ll be greeted with bubbles as we introduce ourselves. Groups max out at 8, that’s how many I can fit around my table! It’s always such a pleasure to see how each group flows, and watch as people make new friends from around the world over the course of the wine tasting.
We taste comparatively, which means you’ll have multiple glasses in front of you at the same time. I think comparing the wines allows us to delve deeper into wine tasting technique, and shows off how unique each wine is. Yes, it means a lot of dishes for me afterward, but it’s worth it.
Each tasting is different, and I choose the wines from my cellar each time depending upon how I’m feeling that day. All wines are from small producers, chosen for being typical examples of their origin, representing high-quality farming and winemaking. I buy directly from the wineries so I can meet the winemakers and get to know their stories, as well as to visit the land and see the farming practices in place. I only work with nice people who are making good wine!
There’s always food, and it’s always extremely good if I do say so myself. Meat comes from Charcuterie Sibilia, the longtime Queen of Lyon’s charcuterie scene. Cheese comes from the inimitable Fromagerie Galland. Mr. Galland gets frustrated with me because I choose the same things over and over again, and I have to explain to him that I’m trying to pick local cheeses and that Americans are often scared of intense cheeses! #notallAmericans
Why choose Lyon Wine Tastings over a Wine Tour?
Lyon Wine Tastings take place in central Lyon, no cars, no translators, just wine!
As much fun as it is to visit the vineyards, you don’t always have the time or the resources to make it happen. Let’s be honest, driving in Lyon is a nightmare! And trying to organize a visit and communicate with winemakers who don’t speak English also isn’t the most fun way to spend your vacation.
Of course, there are some amazing wine tour operators that will take you to the vineyards and show you around, but they are (justifiably, in my opinion) expensive and that sort of thing takes up a big chunk of your day.
Your Wine Educator Caroline
I’m super qualified to do this because I’ve spent over a decade studying wine and working in hospitality. I am a big nerd who loves talking about the things I’m passionate and knowledgable about. I’m not a wine snob, and I will do lots of real talk about wine, the industry, and pretty much everything. Talking to people about my favorite thing and getting paid to do it is really me living my best life.
They love me, they really love me!
Look, the proof is in the pudding. Even though they’re billed as 2 hours, nobody ever wants to leave their tasting, so really you should just come and try it for yourself. Check out my TripAdvisor reviews!
When you book online, your date may not be available. I am super flexible, so it’s always worth calling, texting, or emailing me to see if we can make it work!
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