Saint-Amour. Love at first sight

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The journey through the Beaujolais wine country should begin in this charming little village with the ever so evocative name. It is perhaps the place where Valentine’s Day is the most celebrated. At the heart of the vineyards from the communal vintage, it is a both a bucolic and chic stop.

Domaine Lassagne, with Saint-Amour, Juliénas and also Beaujolais-Villages… The 15 hectares of vineyards are laid out over diverse ground, sandy, granitic or limestone and clay, allow for diversity. Nicole and André Lassagne, both rather new to viticulture, have received medals for their cuvée prestige Saint-Amour Domaine Lassagne. Their wines are highly appreciated by the singer Pierre Perret and actor Jean Paul Belmondo. Guided visit of the vineyard and wine store, to be booked in advance. Tel.: +33 (0)3 85 37 11 93

Auberge du Paradis

Auberge du Paradis at Saint Amour, of course! A lovely introduction to the visit of the Beaujolais vineyards. You’ll fall for the charm of this village inn, surrounded by a vineyard, hiding treasures of refinement and taste behind its walls. Garden, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and restaurant. The fare falls in line with expectations, the cuisine is surprising, concocted by Cyril who blends local flavours with those from elsewhere with great talent. It is recommended you reserve, as it is always busy, especially for Valentine’s Day! 71570 Saint-Amour-Bellevue. Tel.: +33 (0)3 85 37 10 26

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When the weather is nice, the Restaurant Jean-Pierre is the perfect setting to enjoy a pleasant lunch on the long terrace, lined with flowers, along the main street. They serve typical regional dishes. Tel.: +33 (0)3 85 37 41 26