10 Things Every Wine-Lover Should Know About French Wine Regions
France is known all over the world for producing some of the finest wines in the most picturesque vineyards.
Here we have listed 10 of the most popular wine regions in the country– each with some unique characteristics that will make every wine-lover pack their bags and plan their next vacation in these French vineyards.
1- The Cycling Route of Alsace
The region of Alsace is a unique wine region in France with over a 100 kilometers of clearly marked cycle trails and dedicated paths.
So, there is no better way to explore the vineyards and wine shops of the region than by strolling along streets of Alsace with your own personal bicycle.
On an exclusive bike wine tour, you will hop on for an exciting adventure and choose a route of your choice to discover the delicious local cuisine, like the sausage-rich sauerkraut and hearty stews such as baeckoeoffe with local white wines and famous beers.
Watch Alsace Wine & Food in Video
2- The Incredible UNESCO City of Bordeaux
The wine region of Bordeaux is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site, with the most number of preserved historical buildings in France, second, only to Paris! Take a 4-day wine holiday to best explore this stunning city and the numerous wine regions and attractions that surround it.
From the medieval wine village of Saint-Emillion and Medoc to the sunny beaches of Arcachon and the highest European sand dune of Pyla, get a taste of the best of the borderlais life on your next wine vacation.
3- Expensive Wines in Burgundy
Burgundy is home to some of the most sought-after and expensive wines in the world like Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) or Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru.
The most famous wines from this region are produced using just two main grape varieties, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Visit the land of the famous boeuf bourguignon and Dijon mustard to discover the best of Burgundian food and wine pairing on an exclusive tasting tour in the region.
4- The Royal, Tragic, and Sparkling History of Champagne
Champagne is a region of great historical importance in France.
A historical wine tasting tour in the region will take you from the royal past of Reims in the Roman Empire where 29 Kings of France were crowned in the Cathedral, to the stirring battlefields of the first World War in Verdun and the birthplace of the genius monk, Dom Perignon, who gave birth to the iconic sparkling French wine, Champagne- a true taste of luxury.
Bubbly wines and plenty of riches to explore, a wine vacation in Champagne is ideal for anyone who wants a taste of the good life!
5- The Never-Ending Vineyards of Cognac
Unique to this region, Cognac, the amber eau-de-vie, is exclusively crafted in the cellars of this stunning region.
With nearly 75,000 hectares, the Cognac region encompasses the largest white-grape vineyard in Europe! To best explore its vastness, take a hot air balloon ride and soar over the iconic Cognac houses, historical and cultural heritage sites and nearby fortress cities while you sip on your glass of exclusive Pineau des Charentes.
6- The Melting Pot of Cultures in Corsica
Despite being geographically closer to Italy, this beautiful Mediterranean island is officially a French territory.
Hence it is no wonder that this region shows an incredible melange of the Italian and French culture through the local cuisine, language, architecture, as well as the wines!
Take up to the skies and soar over the magnificent coastline of the island with a private plane ride that ends with a walking tour and a gourmet meal with a Corsican wine tasting session.
7- Languedoc Roussillon- The Oldest Wine Region in France
Apart from being one of the oldest wine regions in France, the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region is also known as the place where the first sparkling wines were produced in Limoux during the 13th century!
Dom Perignon is said to have learned the secret from the Saint Hilaire monks during a visit, before returning the recipe to Champagne. This iconic wine region, with delicious wines and historical vineyards standing tall against the Pyrenees and along the Mediterranean coast, makes for an incredible wine holiday destination.
Read more with the Lifestyle of Languedoc, wine, food, sun, and good times.
8- The Historic Chateaux and Gardens of Loire Valley
From being known as the birth place of the French language, to have been the stronghold of Joan of Arc with an impressive array of royal castles, to now having the longest wine route in the country, the Loire Valley is a region steeped in history and French culture.
Every chateaux in this splendid region has an interesting story to tell. Make your way through this iconic wine route with a car, bicycle, Segway or even by foot and discover the charming old towns and a plethora of delicious wines to taste!
9- Provence – A Tourism Haven
The region of Provence is one of the most visited destination in France, and the reason for this is no mystery.
The ever-blue skies, the sandy Mediterranean coastline, lush lavender fields, distinct local cuisine, historical and architectural monuments, and world famous rosé wines are just few of the reasons why a wine holiday in Provence is nothing short of being magical.
To best experience the beauty of this region, you must choose the finest tours offered, to explore Provence.
Learn about Provence and its Rosé wines in video
10- The Best of French Gastronomy and Robust Wines in Rhône
The region of Rhône with its capital in Lyon, boasts of being the only French region with five 3 starred Michelin restaurants! Along with its rich local gastronomy, you can also try the sumptuous wines of the region, particularly the iconic Châteauneuf-du-Pape that pairs exclusively well with many traditional dishes from the region.
Enjoy a unique food and wine experience to best explore this region.
Every iconic wine region in France has something unique to offer to wine-lovers planning an exclusive wine vacation in this gorgeous country.
You can start you journey with Wine Paths, a digital web platform specializing in offering luxury wine tours and packages all around the world. Customize your tours and tailor-make your vacations with the help of their local travel expert based in the wine region you to wish to explore, and be assured to experience the best of wine, luxury and travel!
This Guest Post was written by Wine Paths exclusively for Social Vignerons.
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