Discover the Best French Wine Regions to Visit

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Ah… la France, what a beautiful country!

Renowned for its gastronomy (not just baguette and croissants), its historical monuments, its fashion but mostly French wines, the country’s heritage has been shining in the whole world for some time. Qualified as the second largest wine producer in the world behind the Italy by volume, France has 75% of so-called “still” wines, of which 55% are red wines, 26% white wines and 19% rosés.

If you’re planning on visiting french wineries during your next vacations, then dive in the best guide to exploring French wine regions.

What are the best French wine regions to visit?

There’s about 15 main wine regions in France located in pretty much all parts of the country except at the extreme North where we find more distilleries and breweries. Still there’s a lot of differences from one region to another and thanks to the fact that Winalist’s team is mostly based in France, we’ve created this awesome guide to give you all the best insights on which wine region of France to visit next.

Paris area

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It might not be the first French wine region you’d think off but we felt obligated to put it first since the city will surely be your arrival destination. You might be surprised but you will be able to see vineyards while exploring the Montmartre district! Take a moment during your visit in the city of lights and book a wine tour and tasting, either to a wine bar offering workshops of a real wine estate located just a couple miles outside the capital city of France.

Don’t miss our selection of the best wineries in Paris to visit and our travel guide on the best things to do in Paris and

Champagne vineyards

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The Champagne wine region does not need an introduction, as we trust you know something of it! Home to some of the most iconic Champagne houses such as Champagne Veuve Clicquot, Champagne Taittinger, Champagne Ruinart or even Champagne Moët & Chandon, the region is a must for any wine enthusiast or traveler looking to experience the ultimate in luxury and indulgence of France. Situated at only 45 minutes from Paris by train (book here) or 1h30 by car, embark on a journey to discover the world-renowned sparkling wine. A visit to Champagne promises a unique and unforgettable experience that will leave a lasting impression on any traveler.

Explore our selection of the best Champagne houses to visit, carefully selected by our team and book your experience online.

Discover our dedicated travel guides with itineraries, things to do, hotels, restaurants, wineries and interactive map to take advantage of your time there, made by our local team at Winalist:

Bordeaux vineyards

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Boasting some of the most prestigious vineyards in the world, Bordeaux is known for producing exceptional red wines that are highly sought after by connoisseurs. There are so many Grands Crus Classés that come from this region: Cheval Blanc, Margaux, Yquem, Pétrus and so many others.

The region is also steeped in history and culture, with stunning chateaux and picturesque vineyards that make for a truly unforgettable experience. Explore our selection of the best Bordeaux wineries to visit during your stay there and sample some of the finest wines in the world while learning about the winemaking process from the experts themselves. With its beautiful scenery, world-class wines, and rich cultural heritage, Bordeaux is a destination that should not be missed when traveling through France.

Discover our dedicated travel guides with itineraries, things to do, hotels, restaurants, wineries and interactive map to take advantage of your time there, made by our local team at Winalist:

Alsace vineyards

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Known for its picturesque vineyards, charming villages, and world-renowned wines, Alsace offers a unique blend of French and German influences. The region is home to some of the finest white wines in the world, including Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris. Visitors can explore the quaint wine villages, sample local wines at family-owned wineries, and indulge in delicious Alsatian cuisine. The stunning scenery and warm hospitality of the locals make Alsace a truly unforgettable experience for anyone looking to immerse themselves in French wine culture.

Discover the best Alsace wineries to visit, carefully selected by Winalist as well as our dedicated travel guides:

Burgundy vineyards

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With a history dating back to the Roman era, Burgundy has a reputation for producing some of the finest wines in the world, including its famous Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties. Visitors can explore the charming towns and villages dotted throughout the region, each offering unique opportunities to taste and learn about the local wines. The stunning landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality of the people make a visit to Burgundy a truly unforgettable experience. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or simply looking to immerse yourself in the beauty of French wine country, a visit to the Burgundy region is sure to be a highlight of your trip to France.

Discover Winalist’s curated selection of the best Burgundy wineries to visit and our dedicated travel guides to make the most out of your trip:

Loire valley vineyards

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The Loire vineyard is made up of magnificent castles and numerous waterways. This. Very extensive vineyard is divided into 5 wine regions and there are 52 AOC-AOP wine appellations.

The Loire Valley wine region in France is a must-visit destination if you’re a wine enthusiasts and like history and castles too. With its picturesque vineyards, charming chateaus, and diverse range of wines, the Loire Valley offers a unique and unforgettable experience. From crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blancs in Sancerre to elegant, age-worthy Cabernet Francs in Chinon, the wines of the Loire Valley are some of the finest in France. Visitors can take wine tastings and tours at numerous wineries, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and explore historical sites such as the Chateau de Chambord and the Chateau de Chenonceau. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or simply looking to immerse yourself in the beauty of the French countryside, a visit to the Loire Valley wine region is sure to be a highlight of your trip to France.

Discover Winalist’s selection of the best Loire Valley wineries to visit as well as our dedicated guides written by our local french team with maps, itineraries and must-sees:

Beaujolais vineyards

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The picturesque Beaujolais region, located just north of Lyon, is famous for producing some of the world’s finest and most sought-after wines. The vineyards in Beaujolais cover rolling hills and steep slopes, creating a stunning backdrop for tasting sessions and vineyard tours. If you’re familiar with Piedmont in Italy, you might see a resemblance on the landscapes. Experience the unique terroir of the region and discover the diversity of grape varieties that are grown here, such as Gamay and Chardonnay. In addition to sampling delicious wines, you will be able to drive through charming villages, enjoy delicious local cuisine, and partake in various wine-themed events and festivals. A visit to the Beaujolais wine region promises a truly enriching and memorable experience for anyone who appreciates the art of winemaking.

Discover the curated selection of the best Beaujolais wineries to visit as well as our dedicated travel guide of the beaujolais wine route itinerary.

Rhône Valley vineyards

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The Rhone Valley wine region, located in the southeastern part of France, is a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts and travelers alike. After a couple days in Lyon where you’ll be able to taste exquisite cuisine, continue your trip south along the Rhone river and explore the picturesque villages, rolling hillsides, and sprawling vineyards that make up this stunning landscape.

From the bold and spicy reds of the Northern Rhone to the crisp and elegant whites of the Southern Rhone, there is something for every palate to enjoy. In addition to sampling world-class wines, visitors can also indulge in delicious French cuisine, relax in charming accommodations, and immerse themselves in the rich culture and heritage of this unique region. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or simply looking for a memorable travel experience, a visit to the Rhone Valley wine region is sure to delight and inspire.

Take a peak at Winalist’s selection of the best Rhone valley wineries to explore and our team’s dedicated travel guide, made by french people:

Provence vineyards

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Known for its picturesque vineyards, charming villages, and delicious wines, Provence offers a unique and authentic wine tasting experience. From the famous rosés to crisp whites and robust reds, the diversity of wines produced in this region caters to every palate.

Additionally, the scenic landscapes and warm Mediterranean climate make for perfect conditions for grape cultivation, resulting in high-quality wines that are reflective of the region’s terroir. Exploring the Provence wine region allows visitors to immerse themselves in the rich history and tradition of winemaking in France, all while enjoying the beauty and charm of the stunning countryside.

Explore Winalist’s selection of the best Provence wineries to go to and read more in our dedicated travel guides:

Languedoc-Roussillon vineyards

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This region is the largest wine-producing area in the country, boasting a wide variety of vineyards and wineries that offer unique and delicious wines. From bold reds to crisp whites, enjoy tastings of some of the best wines in the picturesque countryside views. Additionally, the region is known for its rich culinary traditions, with many local restaurants serving up gourmet dishes that pair perfectly with the local wines. Whether you are a wine connoisseur looking to expand your palate or simply a traveler looking for a taste of authentic French culture, a visit to Languedoc-Roussillon is sure to be a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Discover Winalist’s selection of the best Languedoc-Roussillon Wineries to visit and our travel guides:

South-West vineyards

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The South West wine region in France is a hidden gem that should not be missed by any wine enthusiast. This diverse area is home to a wide variety of grape varieties and wine styles, offering visitors a unique and authentic experience. From the bold and spicy red wines of Cahors to the sweet and fruity whites of Jurançon, there is something for every palate to enjoy. In addition to the delicious wines, the South West also boasts stunning vineyard landscapes, charming villages, and rich cultural heritage. A visit to this region provides the opportunity to explore the beauty of rural France while indulging in some of the country’s most cherished wines. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or just a casual enthusiast, a trip to the South West wine region is sure to be a memorable and rewarding experience.

Click here to discover Winalist’s selection of the best South-West wineries to visit in France and don’t miss our dedicated travel guides.

Corsica vineyards

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The island of Corsica located south of France, is home to some of the world’s most unique and delicious wines, thanks to its distinct terroir and indigenous grape varieties. The wines produced in Corsica are known for their exceptional quality and complex flavors, making them a delight to taste and savor. In addition to exploring the beautiful vineyards and sampling the local wines, visitors can also enjoy the stunning landscapes and rich culture of this picturesque island. Whether you are a novice wine drinker or a seasoned connoisseur, a visit to the Corsican wine region is sure to be a memorable and rewarding experience. Discover the best Corsica wineries to visit.

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What is the largest wine region in France?

The Languedoc-Roussillon vineyard is the largest in France with its 246,000 hectares. It is divided into 2 wine regions: Languedoc and Roussillon, in which are hidden 28 AOC-AOP appellations.

What is the oldest vineyard in France?

Provence, the oldest vineyard in France. 26 centuries old, this vineyard is considered to be the first in France. 2600 years ago, the Phocaeans introduced the vine to the country.

What are the most famous French wine regions?

The most famous French wine regions are Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Provence and Rhone Valley.

What are the main grape varieties in France?

A few dozen varieties of grapes are grown in French wine regions, including:
– Merlot
– Ugni Blanc (used for Cognac)
– Grenache
– Syrah
– Chardonnay
– Cabernet sauvignon
– Cabernet Franc
– Sauvignon blanc
– Pinot Noir
– Petit Verdot
– Malbec
– Gamay
– Carignan
– Viognier

How many regions are in France?

There 18 regions in France and around 15 of them are wine producing regions.