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The Balmes Viennoises

The Balmes Viennoises
The Balmes Viennoises
The Balmes Viennoises

Description

Circuit that lets you discover the château and medieval chapel of Illins, as well as the "Colombier" pear brandy distillery, while offering views of the Alps and Mont Blanc.

From the "Villette de Vienne" starting sign, turn left into Rue des Serventières. At the post "Villette de Vienne", follow Chuzelle on the left to reach "Cugnet" and continue left until the "Morand" post. Turn right towards "Bonnetière". At the crossroads of Chemin des Vignes, take the path on the left. Follow it until you reach a road and follow it to the left until you reach the "Bonnetière" sign. From there, follow right until the "Taillis de Mure" post. Continue opposite on the trail to "Marennes", cross the D150A. Take the track in front of you to reach a small road, turn left, pass the "Bois des Fauries" post and continue to the "Le coin" post. From there, turn right towards "Bois de Tholomé". Pass the post and continue towards "La Platière". When you reach the houses, turn left then right at the crossroads. When you arrive at Villeneuve, go straight through the hamlet and turn right into the dead end. At the "Illins" post, turn right towards Villette de Vienne. Pass through the hamlet on the left then, at the chapel, turn right. Pass through the village and stay on the road until you reach the château farm up on the heights. From there, continue left on the trail past Château d'Illins before descending to the "Les Brigands" post. Continue until the "Cugnet" post and return to the starting point, by the outward journey route.

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Difficulty
Easy
Duration
4h
Dist.
13 km
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Starting point

38200 Villette-de-Vienne
Lat : 45.58745Lng : 4.91462

Points of interest

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Distillerie Colombier

Guests are welcomed on the distillery owners' estate with its William pear orchards. Tastings and sales available.Pear brandy in France was born in Villette-de-Vienne, thanks to Joannès Colombier who, by virtue of his position as a distiller, distilled part of his production of Williams pears. Mr Fernand Point, famous restaurateur of La Pyramide in Vienne and a friend of Joannès Colombier, delighted with the finesse and fruitiness of the product, asked him, in the 1930s, to set aside his production for him. Today, Sophie and Stéphane Jay have taken over the entire operation and distillery, keeping alive the know-how and quality that made the Colombier brand famous. Secrets of the trapped pear: Every year, since Maison Colombier came into being, the producers put bottles in the trees to trap pears inside. This process is done at the beginning of May when the little pears are just forming. They select a small pear by inserting it through the neck into the bottle, which they hang downwards by the head so that rainwater doesn’t get inside.

523 Route de Marennes 38200 Villette-de-Vienne
- Vienne Condrieu Tourisme -
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Saveurs & Tradition

Traditional restaurant offering divers specialties and frog legs.

147 route de Marennes 38200 Villette-de-Vienne
- Vienne Condrieu Tourisme -
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Vergers de Villette de Vienne

Sur six hectares, les poiriers ancestraux de la maison Colombier sont cultivés comme les vignes d'un grand cru. Ils donnent exclusivement des poires Williams destinées à la distillation.C'est ici l'un des plus vieux vergers de poire Williams de France : les plus anciens arbres datent de 1893 ! Dans les années 1930, suite à la rencontre de Joannès Colombier, arboriculteur, et de Fernand Point, célèbre restaurateur de la Pyramide à Vienne, l'eau-de-vie de poire naît à Villette-de-Vienne. "La poire Colombier" est désormais servie dans les grands établissements de la gastronomie française. Aujourd'hui cultivés par Sophie et Stéphane Jay, les vergers retrouvent des mains expérimentées pour donner vie à ces liqueurs alambiquées de poire ainsi qu'à de nombreux produits dérivés... Il s'agit ici d'une entreprise familiale où tout est fait à la main, de la récolte à la mise en bouteille ! N'hésitez pas à visiter leur boutique sur l'exploitation, Sophie et Stéphane Jay se feront un plaisir de partager avec vous leur passion.

523 route de Marennes 38200 Villette-de-Vienne
- Vienne Condrieu Tourisme -
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Open period

From 01/01 to 31/12.

Contact

Phone : 04 74 53 70 10

Email : contact@vienne-condrieu.com

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Caution!
We have no information on the difficulty of this circuit. You may encounter some surprises along the way. Before you go, please feel free to inquire more and take all necessary precautions. Have a good trip! 🌳🥾