Ampuis: Le Caveau du Château
In the heart of sloping vineyards
The wines of the Rhône Valley are famous in France and further afield. Côte-Rôtie, Saint-Joseph, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and many other appellations have built the reputation of these terroirs all over the world.
Less wellknown, however, are the people and their expertise lying behind each vineyard and plot, whose role is particularly important on steeply sloping vineyards.
Through its tasting areas and its museum, Le Caveau du Château Guigal pays tribute to the talents of the soil. It offers a space in which to share culture, including a superb reception floor for seminars, team-building activities and evening social gatherings. This large, history-filled building, which dates back to the nineteenth century, is a place where fine wines are celebrated. More importantly, however, the spotlight is put on the excellent winegrowers who, through their grit and determination, have built a wine-producing heritage that deserves as much attention as the colours, aromas and flavours of wine.
Reception area for up to 90 people
Le Caveau du Château
+33 (0)4 58 17 08 70
Beaujeu: L’Huilerie beaujolaise
The taste of naturalness
L’Huilerie Beaujolaise works with a long list of nuts, including pine nuts, almonds, pistachios, pecan nuts, walnuts and hazelnuts. The recipe, however, is simple: one nut equals one oil.
An artisan through and through, Jean-Marc Montegotterro has cultivated his passion for noble ingredients for more than thirty years, from the moment he became taken with a millstone that had been left unused in the back of his parents’ shop. It was love at first sight for a trade that he now shares in his oil mill, which, in addition to welcoming big-name chefs, is open to visitors, to learn all about terms that we’ve probably all heard but may not really understand, like ‘virgin oil’ and ‘cold-pressed’.
This educational experience lifts the lid on the little-known world of oil production and reveals the various flavours offered by these passionate and fascinating artisans.
Tours for groups of up to 20 people
+33 (0)4 37 55 08 73
Lyon: Les Toqués du Fromage
Cheese and good humour
If you know France well, then you will know about its cheeses. But that’s not enough; you also need to know how to pair them. Antoine and Quentin, obsessional epicureans and lovers of fine food, run lively tasting workshops highlighting the region’s produce, during which you can discover pairings, learn to identify flavours and take on group challenges. This is a delicious, pleasant and participative way to develop your knowledge and discover, as a group, new flavours through unexpected pairings, like cheese and beer, or even cheese and chocolate.
Antoine is the cheese maestro and Quentin is the cellar master in this dynamic duo, which will also take your taste buds on a journey through a selection of wines. In addition to teambuilding sessions, these two passionate individuals like to share their culture and creativity through big events. In their corner, they bring the “Toqués experience” to gatherings of 50 to as many as 800 guests.
Workshops and team-building sessions for up to 50 people.
Activities for events with up to 800 participants.
Tasting space hosting groups of up to 15 people in Lyon’s 1st district, on the slopes of Croix-Rousse hill.
Les Toqués du Fromage
+33 (0)7 62 28 15 30
An article from Let's Meet in Lyon #17 (pages 10 and 11)