Le Beaujolais Nouveau Festival 2019

November 2019

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Uncork this year's new vintage of Le Beaujolais Nouveau in style!

Le Beaujolais Nouveau, made from hand-picked Gama Noir à Jus Blanc grapes that ferment for only a few weeks in the autumn was ‘born’ of a 1951 decree allowing for newly harvested wines to be sold a month earlier than standard bottles.  The race to be the first to uncork the year’s new vintage started off as a race between rival bars and restaurants, but soon became an international festival that can be enjoyed by anyone lucky enough to be there!

If you like your food and your wine, you’re going to love this programme which embodies all that you would expect of the French who know how to turn a humble grape into a party!

Welcome to Lyon and Le Beaujolais Nouveau!

For wine buffs, the third Thursday in November each year in France sees the release of Le Beaujolais Nouveau, a very easy to drink pinkish-red wine, best consumed when young.   Les Sarmentelles is a five-day festival that’s a must for wine fans and Lyon’s Beauj’olympiades is one of the biggest in the region – and it’s here that you will live, learn and love everything about the vineyards, the traditions and the celebrations of Le Beaujolais Nouveau.

Read on for more information on this Programme which is available only ONCE A YEAR!

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Day 1: Arrival

Welcome to Lyon!

  • You will be picked up by private transfer from the airport or rail station and transferred to your chosen hotel.
  • Unpack and explore the hotel and its surroundings.
  • Tonight you will enjoy a 3 course dinner in a traditional Bouchon Lyonnais – where only local cuisine from Lyon is served.
Day 2: Morning

Le Beaujolais Nouveau Winery

  • This morning you will visit Hameau Vin ‘Du Boeuf’, a museum and winery.
  • Lunch at the winery
  • Return to the hotel to freshen up and get ready for the Festival!
Day 2: Evening

Le Beaujolais Nouveau Festival

  • Tonight the new Beaujolais arrives!
  • Attend the Opening Ceremony of the Festival, the tasting contest and the induction by the companions of Beaujolais.
  • Gourmet dinner with wine.
  • Join in the Torchlight procession with sound and light and taste Le Beaujolais Nouveau.
  • Get your dancing shoes on for the Grand Ball.
  • Transfer back to your hotel for a well deserved rest.
Day 3: Morning

  • A leisurely breakfast followed by a tour of Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France.
  • Explore the Presqu’île district – a UNESCO site – and Old Lyon, for food tasting and discover Lyon’s heritage as well as its gastronomy.
  • A visit to Lyon must include time to explore Halles Lyon Paul Bocuse, the epicentre of food culture where you will have lunch.
  • Return to your hotel to relax before your final evening and dinner in a former brewery, now a famous Brasserie which still retains authentic decor dating from the 1900s.
Day 4: Departure

Au Revoir!

  • Breakfast, with some leisure time, according to your scheduled return journey home.


City Centre Hotels

There are a number of quality 3, 4 and 5 star hotels in Lyon to suit your budget.



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Why Le Beaujolais Nouveau Festival?

Unlike other programmes, Le Beaujolais Nouveau Festival only happens ONCE A YEAR.  It has become an unmissable French event and for all fans of gastronomic food and wine, the third Thursday every November marks an event that your delegates will only love. 

PS: If you love food and wine, you might also be interested in a couple of our other programmes: 

Gastronomy & Guggenheim, or  Fast Cars & Sumptuous Food 

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