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Organic vineyards in France: Top 10 wine-experiences

Organic vineyards in France: Top 10 wine-experiences

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If you are longing for some fascinating wine tastings and tours focused on organic and bio-dynamic know-how, stay with us to discover our top 10 experiences at organic vineyards in France!

Nowadays, wine-growers are more and more aware of the importance to use organic growing methods for their soil and vines – for the benefit of the whole wine-making process, from the grape to the wine in your glass.

At Winalist, we are committed to introduce winegrowers full of ideas and passion to wine enthusiasts who are eager to meet them!

Before taking you on this amazing trip, here’s a quick reminder of what organic wine is: a wine produced according to the principles of organic farming. This concerns both the work in the vineyard (viticulture) and in the cellar (vinification). To have the right to name you wine as “organic wine” is not given to everyone. Indeed, this expression has been regulated since 2012 by European specifications and is now a legal label to earn.

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1. Château de Minière – Loire

To start this top 10 organic vineyards to discover in France, we invite you to visit the Loire vineyards, at the Château de Minière.

This 29-hectare vineyard, over a hundred years old, is certified organic. It produces red wine as well as still and sparkling rosé, with the emblematic grape variety of the appellation: Cabernet Franc.

Château de Minière is made up of cuvées in amphora and in wooden casks. You can book your visit to taste their wines, or have a picnic in the vineyards.

2. Paradise Rescued – Bordeaux

Go to Bordeaux, more precisely to Cardan to discover Paradise Rescued, a family-organic micro-cellar. Elodie offers you a tour of the certified organic vineyard and the discovery of the micro cellar.

During your wine tourism getaway in this estate, you will have the opportunity to taste wines made from Cabernet Franc and Merlot in a friendly setting.

3. Domaine des Romarins – Rhône valley

Head to the Rhône Valley to visit the Romarins wine estate in Domazan. Two brothers, heirs to four generations of winegrowers, will welcome you to this sumptuous estate of around thirty hectares.

Located in the south of the Gard Côtes du Rhône, the estate offers six wines.

Among them, you will find light and fruity local wines but also Côtes du Rhône Villages Signargues, the flagship appellation of this region.

The wines of Domaine des Romarins have been labeled High Environmental Value since 2015. Don’t hesitate to book your visit in one of the most beautiful french wine regions!

4. Domaine Grand Guilhem – Languedoc-Roussillon

It is the turn of Domaine Grand Guilhem to take its place in this list of organic vineyards. This family and artisanal wine estate is located in Cascastel-des-Corbières in Languedoc-Roussillon.

On the program: guided tour of the vineyard, the wine cellar, the jar cellar and, to end this beautiful day on a high note… a tasting of 7 organic and natural wines from the estate. Book your wine activity now!

5. Château Castigno – Languedoc-Roussillon

At the heart of the Saint-Chinian appellation, an innovative architecture invites you to discover sweet organic wines, this is the Cave de Château Castigno. This wine bottle-shaped structure seems to rise from the ground and is covered with cork.

During your visit, you will understand the development of the cuvées of the Château, taste the wines and comment them with the specialized winemaker. If you wish, you can also attend workshops on making wine, take a 4×4 safari in the vineyards and even learn about the grape harvest.

Discover now this place where the estate’s wine is made, produced organically on 35 hectares.

6. Domaine Enclos de la Croix – Languedoc Roussillon

Let’s go back to Languedoc-Roussillon to meet the winegrowers of Domaine Enclos de la Croix in Lansargues.

Located in the heart of the small Camargue, between the Etang de l’Or and the Cévennes, the estate is operated and certified organic farming. In the beginning, it was about not using chemical fertilizers or pesticides when cultivating the soil. From now on, the estate has also returned to the traditions of our ancestors: animal traction and sheep to weed in winter.

During your visit, you will discover and taste different grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Manseng or Riesling.

7. Domaine Ollier Taillefer – Languedoc Roussillon

Located in the South of France, in the heart of Languedoc, Domaine Ollier-Taillefer is a family estate.

Operated for years by the fifth generation of winegrowers native to the cru, Luc and Françoise Ollier, brother and sister, Florent (sixth generation) joined them recently!

The estate represents 38 hectares of vineyards in the AOC Faugères area converted to Organic Agriculture and opens its doors to you for visits and tastings.

8. Domaine Sainte-Marie – Provence

Located 15 kilometers from Saint-Tropez, in Bormes-les-Mimosas, Domaine Sainte Marie invites you to discover its wines through commented tasting and visits of their cellars. You will also have the opportunity to bike in their vineyards!

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8. Château l’Hospitalet – Languedoc-Roussillon

Château l’Hospitalet, located on a former island between Narbonne and the Mediterranean, has an exceptional terroir in the La Clape Coteaux du Languedoc appellation.

According to Gérard Bertrand, the owner, “Wine should not taste like something: it should taste like somewhere”. Discover the richness of their terroirs by paying him a visit!

10. Domaine De La Croix Blanche – Vallée du Rhône

To finish this top 10 organic vineyards to discover in beautiful

France, we take you to Saint-Martin-d’Ardèche, in Côte-du-Rhône, to meet the Domaine De La Croix Blanche. This vineyard of 29 hectares of vines and 2 hectares of olive trees cultivated in Organic Agriculture, is worked in the spirit of preservation of the environment in which it evolves by respecting the vine, nature and the rhythm of the seasons.

Do not miss this opportunity to taste some organic wine!

So many other areas open their doors to you for walks in the vineyards, wine tastings or oenological workshops.

Discover them during your visit to the Winalist website. You can also offer the Winalist gift card! They are perfect for organic viticulture-enthusiasts or for those who want to open up to new wine-growing horizons.

Enjoy your French wine-tourism stay!

FAQ & Useful resources

Which organic wine estates visit?

You will find a wide variety of places, ranging from family vineyards to modern castles, with different themes and activities: art, architecture, restaurant, wine workshop, tastings, mountain biking in the vineyards, outdoor evenings, etc.

Does organic wine taste better?

Yes indeed, because the grape itself is much healthier and therefore much ore concentrated in all it usually brings to wine. Not to mention is also mean that the vine is more carefully treated and the soil in better health as well.

Is organic wine better for you?

Organic wine is better for everything: the soil, the vine, the grape, wine-growers and each of us when we drink organic wine.

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