Spring in our step - Guided Walking Holiday Beaujolais (part one)


Posted by William Armstrong 25 May 2012

Our guided walking holiday season in France is well and truly under way and last Saturday we welcomed walkers from England and the USA to the Beaujolais region on our Beaujolais Discovery week long holiday. After settling them into their first guest house, Villa Toscana, where we enjoyed a delicious first evening meal, our first day dawned bright and sunny but with a keen, and at times, fresh wind. We walked through an area which includes some of the highlights of the Golden stones region of the southern Beaujolais, such as the villages of Bagnols, Theize and Oingt, classed among the prettiest villages in France. Our visit of Oingt culminated in a visit of the old dungeon with a superb view of the surrounding hills, captured on the video clip below.


Monday was again beautifully sunny, but warmer. With no ill-effects from the first day we decided to take on the longest walk on this moderately graded walking holiday - a tour of the ridges surrounding the village of Perreon. The trail took us along wonderful ridges to the wooded heights of the Beaujolais hills. Lunch was reserved for a glorious spot overlooking the vine covered slopes below.

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Next day was a gentler affair, taking in the valleys and villages close to our guest house. One such village was Jarnioux with its majestic multi-towered castle. We also passed the smaller but nonetheless impressive chateau du Sou, owned by an English lady, and the pretty village of Cogny. This unspoily village off the beaten track contains numerous large manor houses and well preserved buildings built from the local honey-coloured limestone. The day was rounded off with a wine tasting visit at the Domaine d'Averlys, which is always an informative and interesting ocassion, as Etienne is extremely passionate about his wines. Gone are the days when Beaujolais wines were fabricated with quantity rather than quality as the order of the day. Etienne makes a couple of wines which are macerated for much longer than usual,using older vines and one is aged in oak barrels. This creates distinctive wines which can keep for up to 10 years and are more reminiscent of the Beaujolais crus.

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