Explore both banks of the Rhône
The Rhône is a unique river with surges in water level. It begins in an Alpine glacier in Switzerland, crosses through Lyon, cuts through the foothills of the Massif Central 30km upstream and runs due south into the Mediterranean.
Welcome to the heart of the “Vallée du Rhône – Condrieu - Côte- Rôtie” destination, a land of food, drink and history.
In and around Vienne
Vienne keeps its hidden treasures on the left bank of the Rhône. It has a host of ancient relics such as the huge Roman theatre (the only one in France), the impressive Temple of Augustus and Livia, a carefully restored medieval cloister and Renaissance mansions. It is the cradle of modern French cookery and La Pyramide restaurant still exudes the values of its Michelin-starred founder, Fernand Point, whilst the Jazz à Vienne Festival entertains the city of epicureans. In the hilly Vienne area, undergrowth and hills unfurl their peaceful footpaths for you to enjoy views of the Pilat mountain range and the Alps.
Condrieu and the Pilat Rhodanien
You’ll find the fascinating Gallo-Roman museum built on stilts to symbolise the bond between both banks of the river on the right bank in Saint-Romain-en-Gal. Further south, the terraced vineyards climb up the hillsides. Meadows and orchards in the uplands cover an agricultural plateau which stretches to the foot of the forest peaks of Pilat Regional Natural Park. Exposed villages and slopes enjoy a southern climate on the banks of a river where the jousting tradition still reigns. Experience three exceptional AOC areas – Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and Saint-Joseph – and enter the wine world of the Rhône’s north banks.