WINE TASTING IN LYON
You’ll be a French wine expert after your authentic wine tour in Lyon
Discover the wines of
Burgundy, Beaujolais, and the Rhône Valley during your tasting!
The Wines of Lyon
Discover all of the incredible wine regions that surround the beautiful city of Lyon in one afternoon.
What: Small group wine tasting masterclass
Where: Central Lyon, an authentic 1800s silk-factory home in the historic Croix-Rousse neighborhood
When: 2pm, dates are highly limited for ticketed tastings
if you are a party of 4 or more contact me and
I may open up alternative dates for you
Duration: approx 3 hours
Group size: maximum 8 people (for larger groups click here)
Includes: Guided wine tasting with at least 7 premium wines and a spectacular local cheese & charcuterie board. Always includes wines from Beaujolais, the Northern Rhône, and Burgundy.
Book with confidence! We offer free changes or cancellations up to 24 hours before the start of our tasting. Got questions? Check the FAQ
Caroline’s Lyon Wine Tasting tour was perfect. Caroline is super friendly, bubbly and welcoming and we thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. She speaks English, which made the class easier for us to enjoy. Tasting is in Lyon, which my party preferred as we didn’t want to spend a full day on a wine tour in wine country. Definitely would recommend to anyone looking to learn more about wines from a friendly expert!
How amazing would it feel to really level up your wine knowledge and feel confident calling yourself a connoisseur?
Are you always looking for unique and authentic food and wine experiences while you travel?
During this intimate experience, you’ll gain a deep knowledge of French wine through your guided tasting with an expert teacher.
With a maximum of 6 participants including yourself, you’re guaranteed the freedom to ask questions and engage deeply.
Your intimate wine tasting takes place in a real Lyonnais home, an authentic escape from typical mass market tours.
You’ll leave your tasting with clarity around French wines, insider tips for Lyon and France, and new wine-loving friends.
Hi, I'm Wine Dine Caroline
I've been in the wine business for 15 years so believe me, I know how confusing French wine can be! I hold a WSET Level 4 Diploma and started out in wine during my undergrad at Oxford.
I'm a native Californian who moved to Lyon in 2017 to pursue my passions of eating lots of cheese and drinking great wine. Mostly, I loved Lyon because it was smack dab in the middle of three of my favorite wine regions: Beaujolais, Burgundy, and the Rhône!
When I looked around, I saw that there were no English-language wine experiences in the city center. The only thing available was spending all day on a bus to visit just one region.
So I decided to change that! Now you can experience all of the wines of Lyon in one afternoon, without wasting a moment of your precious travel time in the car!
WINES OF LYON
After you book online, you'll get instructions to find your tasting, which takes place in my home, an authentic 19th Century converted silk factory in Lyon's Croix Rousse neighborhood. Tastings run from 3-6pm.
You'll be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine while you meet your host and your new wine tasting friends around the couch. Remember, you're only one of six people, it's a small group!
Next, you'll take a seat at the gorgeous wooden table and enjoy a spread of 3 whites and 3 reds, along with a delicious local cheese and charcuterie spread.
You'll learn all about the French wine system, grapes, and vineyards through the lens of Lyon's incredible and famous local regions of Beaujolais, Burgundy, and the Rhône Valley. Learn more about my suppliers here.
You'll also learn about Lyon's history, best restaurants, and so much more!
Private Wine Tasting in Lyon
During a private tasting we will design an experience around your tastes and needs, serving only the finest wines.
This is an exclusive opportunity to have the full attention of a wine expert for an afternoon.
Private Tasting Pricing for 2 people is 250€ per person and decreases from with more guests.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What's the deal with the limited availability?
A: As a wine expert I have a dynamic career and do lots of other stuff, including teaching at the Institut Paul Bocuse, podcasting, youtubing, wine photography, private tours, and other events. I love my Wines of Lyon tastings but I can only offer them a couple times a week. If you are looking for a date that isn't showing up, feel free to contact me via the chat widget, email, or phone. If I am available I will open up ticketed tastings for parties of 4+, otherwise I can offer you a private tasting.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: I understand that life happens. You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance with a full refund of your ticket price. I also accept re-bookings.
Q: How do we get to our tasting?
A: Lyon is very walkable! My house is in the Croix-Rousse neighborhood, which is on top of a giant hill. It's a beautiful walk up ancient staircases filled with artisan boutiques, street art, secret passageways, and even an abandoned Roman ampitheater, but it is still 15 minutes of stairs if you don't stop and take in the scenery. Walking will set you up to really deserve all this wine and cheese, but you can also take the Metro C from Hôtel de Ville straight up to the Croix-Rousse station and walk 3 minutes from there. I won't judge, I do it all the time.
Add 15 minutes to any Uber ride you plan to take in Lyon, trust me.
Q: When is the tasting? How long does it last?
A: Tastings begin at 2pm and run for about 3 hours. Please be on time, it's tough on me if you're early because I'll still be setting up, and it's tough on the group if you're late because the whites go cold!
Q: I have dietary restrictions, will there be food for me?
A: If you let me know in advance of our tasting, I can accommodate you with ease. It's no big deal for me to make you a gluten free, vegan, or vegetarian spread. Whatever your restriction is, I am more than happy to create you a delicious spread as long as you 🚨let me know in advance🚨.
Q: What language are the tastings in?
A: Lyon Wine Tastings are in English, but Franglais can be accommodated.
Q: Where do you get your wines from?
A: I get most of my wines directly from the vineyards, some I buy from trusted distributors. Learn more about my suppliers here.
Q: Should we eat before our tasting?
A: Please do! It's never good to drink a lot on an empty stomach. And you'll be drinking a lot of wine!
Q: Will we be full after our tasting?
A: You will be full and might need a small nap, but you'll still want to make dinner plans. Happy to give clients restaurant recommendations!
Q: My dates aren't showing up in the calendar.
Q: Will I be drunk at the end of my tasting?
A: That depends a lot on you, there is plenty of food but also plenty of wine. For some people that is a lot, for some it's just right! We strongly discourage you from planning to drive afterwards.
Q: Can I bring my kids to your tastings?
A: Children are not invited to my tastings for logistical and legal reasons. Mostly it's cause I live in a studio, there's nowhere to put kids and I don't have any electricity in the cellar so they wouldn't be very happy down there either.
The drinking age in France is 18, and we will not accept anyone under that age. I reserve the right to ask for ID to verify the age of anyone looking suspicious and to kick them out if they can't provide it!
Q: Is your dog home when you do the tastings?
A: Buffy can be there when I host my tastings. She is a hypoallergenic (non-shedding) cockapoo. She's 2 years old and very energetic, and she loves you!
If you are not comfortable with dogs for any reason it's easy enough for her to NOT be at the tasting. No pressure!