Running from the foodie superstar-city of Lyon through to the northern reaches of Provence, the Rhône valley contains some of France’s oldest vineyards. Covering such a long stretch of country means that the wine hotels in the Rhone valley are similarly scattered across a wide area. One of the nicest ways to enjoy the area is to take a leisurely drive between them.
Between Vienne and Valence you’ll find appellations such as Côte Rotie, Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage. Further south, as you slip into Provence, the large village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape - named after the summer palace of the Avignon popes - gives its name to the biggest appellation in the southern Rhône.
Its rich red wines, redolent of the south’s heat and herbs, are made from several grape varieties, predominantly Grenache, syrah and Mourvèdre. Also in the south are the vineyards of the Côtes de Rhône Villages.
Lyon boasts a cornucopia of cooking hot-spots. For our pick of wine hotels in the Rhone Valley for foodies, we’ve chosen two hotels with Michelin-starred restaurants so you don’t have to walk far for supper.
It's not all top notch, luxury chateaux here. There are plenty of options amongst our selection of wine hotels in the Rhone Valley to suit all tastes and budgets.
The charm and attraction of this region’s wines are their sheer variety. And the wine hotels of the Rhone valley reflect this in spades. Nothing here that fits the bill? Check out our ultimate guide to wine hotels in France for a full selection. Alternatively call or email a friendly guru for advice.
Contemporary design and Italian Rennaisance in an attractive former convent. Romantic rooms with private terraces overlooking Lyon. A gourmet restaurant, beauty treatments, and swimming pool make it a relaxing spot to explore Lyon from.
Nothing short of spectacular. A Five Star hotel with a Michelin restaurant. Classical elegance throughout constructed by artists. Think romantic Venetian landscapes and Italian opera framed with silk embroidery. Fabulous spa, rooftop garden, and wine vaults.
Luxurious, contemporary hotel which is renowned for it's three Michelin Starred restaurant - headed by Chef Anne-Sophie Pic. Bedrooms are cool and sleek with designer pieces from Bruno Borrione. Enjoy the beautiful garden and outdoor swimming pool. A foodies delight.
Saint-Laurent-Des- Arbres, Provence
Fantastic country house with a very relaxed atmosphere. Walled gardens, sunny swimming pool, shady terraces, and contemporary chic rooms. A real home from home, if home were in the South of France.
Beautifully renovated chateau with turret bedrooms, parklands, and lake. Large swimming pool and elegant interiors perfectly marrying modern decor with a historical property. Herbed gardens and lavender banks fill the air with delicate aroma. Some of the regions finest cuisine. The ideal escape.
Isabelle & Philippe, the owners of this wonderful Provençal farm, have thought of everything; from the enchanting rooms with the furniture sourced & restored by them personally, to the jacuzzi, hammam, café, and outdoor & indoor pools. Isabelle's sculptures decorate the 7 hectare grounds.
In the heart of the provence countryside sits this charming hotel overlooking the Rhone Valley. Enjoy a stay in the lovely comfortable bedrooms, then fling open the pretty blue french shutters and revel in the view of the beautiful gardens and swimming pool. A picture perfect place in Provence.
Loriol du Comtat, Provence
18th century Provencal chateau turned luxury B&B. Five stylish bedrooms with antiques throughout plus two apartments and a separate cottage for self catering. Table d'Hote dinners available during summer months accompanied by wines made on site.
Albon, Rhone - Alps
A traditional 18th century house in a charming village. Just five rooms, sleeping 3 each, some modern, some more traditional. Large living area and communal kitchen, pool and gardens. Excellent value for a family or a big group of friends. Low-key and laid back.
A modest but delightful inn in the pretty town of Piolenc. The simple attractive bedrooms exude Provencal charm with antique furnishings, exposed wood beams and whitewash walls. However the real magic happens in the vaulted dining room, where they serve unmatched French cuisine and wine. Delicious.
A charming family-run hotel set amid vineyards, lush gardens and century-old trees. Rooms are elegant and light. Excellent local cuisine is served on a shaded terrace with wine from the hotel vineyard. Lounge by the pool and enjoy the panoramic views. The ideal Provence property.
Stunning conversion of a 16th century mansion located in the historic centre of Valence. The rooms are spacious and airy, with smart modern, tiled bathrooms, whilst maintaining a rustic charm with exposed stonework and wooden beams. A chic base from which to exlore the area.
Beaumes de Venise, Provence
A striking hotel built into the rock face and surrounded by vineyards. Rustic chic rooms and cottages have wrought iron four poster beds, day beds, large bathrooms, and sofas. An outdoor pool, terraces, and gardens. Extremely romantic, laid back, and boutique. Perfect for a honeymoon.