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.
- 1. Château de Minière – Loire
- 2. Paradise Rescued – Bordeaux
- 3. Domaine des Romarins – Rhône valley
- 4. Domaine Grand Guilhem – Languedoc-Roussillon
- 5. Château Castigno – Languedoc-Roussillon
- 6. Domaine Enclos de la Croix – Languedoc Roussillon
- 7. Domaine Ollier Taillefer – Languedoc Roussillon
- 8. Domaine Sainte-Marie – Provence
- 8. Château l’Hospitalet – Languedoc-Roussillon
- 10. Domaine De La Croix Blanche – Vallée du Rhône
- FAQ & Useful resources
1. Château de Minière – Loire
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.
2. Paradise Rescued – Bordeaux
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
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
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!
8. Château l’Hospitalet – Languedoc-Roussillon
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!
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.
Where are the vineyards in France?
The French wine regions are:
– Alsace vineyard
– Beaujolais vineyard
– Bordeaux vineyard
– Burgundy vineyard
– Champagne vineyard
– Corsican vineyard
– Languedoc-Roussillon vineyard
– Loire valley vineyard
– Vineyard of the Rhone valley
– Savoy vineyard
– South West vineyard
– Île-de-France vineyard
– Provence vineyard
– Cognac vineyard
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.