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Top 7 Best Wine Trips in France
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Top 7 Best Wine Trips in France

Planning a Wine Trip in France is super exciting!

You can travel in most amazing settings of French vineyards and discover incredible spots, from superb Loire Châteaux to fabulous wine cellars like Champagne Taittinger, or ridiculously cute Provençal villages. A large choice indeed to plan wine trips in France… which might raise a couple of doubts: what region to choose for your French wine trip? Or what kind of a wine trip should you go for? It might come as a little overwhelming to research each French wine region and trying to find possibilities of wine tours and trips to select the best one.

That’s when we can help you! On Winalist, not only can you have a direct overview of domains and activities in each of France’s vineyards, but you can also compare prices and reviews to plan your trip as best as possible. And of course, in this article we give you highlights of each French wine region and best rated wine tours so you’ll have all insights to plan this amazing French wine trip of yours!

1. Champagne Avenue in Epernay

If you land in Paris, you’ll find it very convenient to reach the Champagne region – a 45-minute high-speed train trip will bring you to the City of King: Reims. You will find many nice things to see in Reims, including many prestigious Champagne Houses to visit by foot, as many are close to the city center.

The absolute highlight of you Champagne trip however, would be strolling along most famous Champagne Avenue in Epernay. Just like when you took that picture next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, you have to bring back that snapshot of you next that Avenue de Champagne road-sign!

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Champagne Avenue – Epernay

Also called the Champagne Champs Elysées, this historical street holds massive heritage when you think that is has, altogether, over 110km of underground Champagne cellars.

You’ll find most prestigious Champagnes Houses that have built their cellars on their street, back in the day when it all started.

Discover top cellars tour in Champagne and our Travel guide to visit this beautiful region!

2. Private day-trip in the Loire Valley

The magnificent Loire Castles you have heard so well of are just a couple hour away from your possible landing destination – Paris.

There no doubt in underlining that the highlight of your wine trip in the Loire Valley will be the visit of some Château de la Loire: Château de Chenonceau, Château de Chambord will take your breath away, while Château de Brézé in Saumur or the Ribeau Garden next to Chinon will steal your heart.

The best part: it’s even more amazing to pair Châteaux visits with wine tastings!

We are pleased to suggest the incredible Wine Tour excursion that our host Val de Loire Travel has put together to the delight of everyone. Right at sunrise, your guide tour comes to pick you up and start a beautiful day-journey in the Loire valley vineyard, in a mini-bus: visits of troglodyte cellars, tastings of several wines, a pic-nic and visit to a Chinon Castle – this will be a day to remember.

3. Best rides on the Alsace Wine Route

Colmar, Ribeauvillé, KaysersebergTypical Alsatian names for typical Alsatian villages where half-timbered houses are not minorities. Colmar should definitely be on your checklist if Alsace is your Wine Trip destination, where it’s Little Venice district and local cuisine will charm you most.

The best way to enjoy beautiful Alsace Wine Route is to go on bike rides and excursion, thanks to all the trails in the vineyards that you can ride on from north to south. This is why we suggest you to try one of the many outdoor tours our hosts have for you! Among them you’ll find Evindez-vous who offers electric bike-rides (4 hours or 6 hours) to discover special view of the vineyard and taste the estates’ Crémants.

You might also like the one of Joseph Cattin who offers Segway guided tours and the tasting of a Crémet and 3 Alsatian wines.

Much to enjoy between landscape, interesting explanations and excellent wine!

4. Discover Burgundy from up above

One of France’s most renowned regions for wine-making, Burgundy surely is a destination to consider when it comes to wine traveling. Actually, it’s rather one you don’t wan to miss for the sake of Burgundy wine tours. This region also counts top Castles, incredible wine-estates, a delightful terroir and picturesque cities such as Beaune and Dijon – just to mention most prestigious ones.

Speaking of prestigious, we highly suggest you not one, but many visits to the Château de Pommard. This valued wine estate is dedicated to opening its doors to those who wish to meet them and their treasure, through many insightful wine activities – from truffle experiences to private tastings and guided tours.

Château de Pommard en plein coeur de la Bourgogne
Château de Pommard

The highlight of your wine trip in Burgundy will be – without a doubt – the hot air-balloon tour Château Pommard offers, to fly above Burgundy vineyards. This 4-hour one-of-a-kind guided Wine Tour will make you discover Burgundy all over again, might it be in terms of views, understanding of the terroir but also thanks to your guide’s incredible knowledge that will be shared to you.

5. Rhone: many delights at the City of Lights

We must all admit, a nice Côte-Rôties, Côtes du Rhone or Chateauneuf-du-Pape has never failed anyone. The Rhone Valley vineyard holds incredible appellation thanks to a blessed terroir. It is hard now, not to think of spending a couple of days in famous Rhone wine region for your French Wine Tour! As a change of vineyard settings, why not try a fun wine experience in a city? Beautiful Lyon will surprise you with exquisite food and wine pairing experiences, thanks to an amazing patrimony of French gastronomy.

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On Winalist, you will find several hosts that offer wine tours near Lyon, but our special suggestion would be to visit Les Vin Dévoilés. An absolute highlight of your Rhone wine trip, you have the choice between several oenological workshops, food & wine pairings and fun blind tastings together with most passionate and interesting team.

The city of lights will bring many delights!

6. The Provençale picnic experience at Château Vaudois

Ah, Provence…

Lavender fields as far as eye can see, slow life-rhythm where the sun paces your day… What else can we say? Well, enjoy this heavenly setting at best and plan an amazing wine picnic with one of our hosts!

Close to Saint-Raphaël, let’s meet at the Château Vaudois for a carefree and most relaxing moment in the Provence vineyards. Treat yourself with this top high-standard private tour for a unique and memorable experience: hosts will be delighted to present the area’s vineyard and historical anecdotes, guide you through their cellars and wine-making steps, and top everything off with an amazing pic-nic meal in the vineyard.

7. True immersion in Châteaux Bordeaux wine-making & food pairings

Last of this list, but certainly not least: Bordeaux vineyards. While we won’t try summing up how praise-worthy Bordeaux wine region is, we will only say one thing: if you are a wine enthusiast and you have one destination to choose for your wine trip in France, Bordeaux and its surroundings is where you want to be.

Bordeaux vous accueille à bras ouverts, le tout à moins de 2h de Paris

From wine-blending workshops, Châteaux tours, food and cheese pairings in medieval settings, to chocolate and wine pairings workshops, initiations to creating your own Médoc wine and gourmet walks – Château La Tour Carnet, Château Pape Clément and Château de Rayne Vigneau are just some of our hosts that blow every wine-lovers’ mind.

It is your choice to make, but just as a quick reminder, any wine region you choose for your next wine trips in France will concur your heart!

FAQ & Useful resources

When is the best time to visit France for wine?

This question kind of depends on your own taste, also considering weather you mind crowds or not.
Generally speaking, the Wine Tour season in France is from April to September, but the highest season is of course during the summer.
Spring is very nice to enjoy blossomed gardens, and Autumn for all the color pallets in offers in the vineyards.
Wineries give their opening hours according to the seasons, don’t hesitate to check them before planning your trips!

Are April or December good months to visit Bordeaux?

April is a great time if you want to visit the area and wineries, as it is out of the high touristy season and that days are being longer. Plus, most wine estate start their wine tour season in April.
December is also nice considering the charming Christmas market Bordeaux settled each year. Dates vary but it usually takes place from November to the end of December.

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