Château de Bagnols, a fortress magnified by eight centuries of French art de vivre, overlooks the Beaujolais vineyards. It all started in 1217, and a monumental Gothic fireplace still bears the date. Today, the eponymous restaurant plays with purity and color to honor the richness of the Monts du Lyonnais terroir. The château is a voyage into the past with its collection of luminous suites — richly decorated with frescoes and period tapestries and filled with the fragrances of the countryside — which open out to a landscaped garden. They are juxtaposed with the wine cellar that uses wood to create a contemporary design.