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Bordeaux Bordeaux

Bordeaux

285 curated experiences
Champagne Champagne

Champagne

224 curated experiences
Burgundy Burgundy

Burgundy

120 curated experiences
Provence Provence

Provence

73 curated experiences
Alsace Alsace

Alsace

53 curated experiences
Cognac Cognac

Cognac

32 curated experiences
Corsica Corsica

Corsica

5 curated experiences
Savoie Savoie

Savoie

3 curated experiences
Lorraine Lorraine

Lorraine

3 curated experiences
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Winalist's excellence awards hosts in France

Commanderie De Peyrassol - Winalist
Provence

Commanderie De Peyrassol

6 reviews 4.8
Château la Martinette - Winalist
Provence

Château la Martinette

5 reviews 5
Domaine De Fontenille - Winalist
Provence

Domaine De Fontenille

3 reviews 5
Caves Monmousseau - Winalist
Loire Valley

Caves Monmousseau

2 reviews 5
Château de Haute-Serre - Winalist
South West

Château de Haute-Serre

1 reviews 5
Cognac Hennessy - Winalist
Cognac

Cognac Hennessy

Château Fleur De Lisse - Winalist
Bordeaux

Château Fleur De Lisse

2 reviews 5
Camus Cognac - Winalist
Cognac

Camus Cognac

1 reviews 5
Mas Des Infermières - Winalist
Rhone valley

Mas Des Infermières

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Best cities to visit in France

Epernay
Epernay

Epernay

104 experiences

Reims
Reims

Reims

69 experiences

Troyes
Troyes

Troyes

23 experiences

Strasbourg
Strasbourg

Strasbourg

41 experiences

Colmar
Colmar

Colmar

48 experiences

Riquewihr
Riquewihr

Riquewihr

50 experiences

Kaysersberg
Kaysersberg

Kaysersberg

48 experiences

Bordeaux
Bordeaux

Bordeaux

279 experiences

Pauillac
Pauillac

Pauillac

191 experiences

Margaux
Margaux

Margaux

32 experiences

Saint-Emilion
Saint-Emilion

Saint-Emilion

105 experiences

Dijon
Dijon

Dijon

182 experiences

Beaune
Beaune

Beaune

104 experiences

Nîmes
Nîmes

Nîmes

57 experiences

Montpellier
Montpellier

Montpellier

97 experiences

Narbonne
Narbonne

Narbonne

58 experiences

Carcassonne
Carcassonne

Carcassonne

36 experiences

Perpignan
Perpignan

Perpignan

30 experiences

Saumur
Saumur

Saumur

73 experiences

Chinon
Chinon

Chinon

72 experiences

Tours
Tours

Tours

73 experiences

Amboise
Amboise

Amboise

26 experiences

Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence

42 experiences

Marseille
Marseille

Marseille

38 experiences

Nice
Nice

Nice

44 experiences

Patrimonio
Patrimonio

Patrimonio

2 experiences

Ajaccio
Ajaccio

Ajaccio

6 experiences

Agen
Agen

Agen

147 experiences

Avignon
Avignon

Avignon

90 experiences

Lyon
Lyon

Lyon

47 experiences

Paris
Paris

Paris

36 experiences

Bandol
Bandol

Bandol

41 experiences

Chablis
Chablis

Chablis

27 experiences

Saint-Tropez
Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez

56 experiences

Toulouse
Toulouse

Toulouse

49 experiences

Sancerre
Sancerre

Sancerre

10 experiences

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They loved their experience!

4.70 (51155)

Château Haut Nouchet

Visite très agréable du domaine viticole, explications intéressantes de la part de la guide passionnée. A faire si vous passez par la région !

Anonymous

4.5

Château de Pommard

Très bon moment avec de belles explications simples et claires!

Celine

5.0

Champagne Mercier

Visite intéressante et originale. La dégustation fut très bien animée par Marina , aussi pétillante que le champagne 🥂 Merci encore

Ophélie

4.0

Domaine FL

Enjoyed the tour great guide highly recommend

Peter

4.0

Château Hourtin-Ducasse

Experiência incrível

FELIPE

5.0

Domaine Besancenot

Superbe expérience, très enrichissante !

Lisa

5.0

Champagne Mercier

Esperienza assolutamente da provare! Molto suggestiva e coinvolgente… per non parlare della degustazione dei 3 champagne.

Ivana

5.0

Château Toulouse-Lautrec

Accompagnati da due Cicerone simpatiche ed altamente competenti, abbiamo visitato i locali di vinificazione ,con successiva degustazione dei vini ( ottimi Bordea...

roberto

5.0

Champagne Ruinart

Professional guide with 2hours of cellar visit and tasting of wine. We were very fascinated by confortable and passionate guide, which gave us deep and full expla...

Yoshiaki

4.5

Domaine des Romarins

Excellent moment avec Benoit ! Une belle dégustation de ses vins avec de vrais goûts différents ! On est repartis bien chargé !

JEREMY

5.0

Domaine Louis Moreau

Vini buonissimi, personale gentile

Matilde

5.0

Domaine De Montmain

Una gran cata con personas entusiastas y deseosas de mostrar las bondades de los vinos.

Rafael

5.0

Château Sainte Barbe

Excelente

Walter

4.0

Domaine Louis Sipp

Tolle Erläuterungen zu den Weinen,Liebe zum Riesling geweckt!°

Barbara

5.0

Maison Brotte - Musée Du Vin

Musée très intéressant et instructif. Merci pour le très convivial moment de dégustation accompagnée d’explications et de conseils d’une professionnelle...

Séverine

5.0

Château Suduiraut 1er Cru Classé de Sauternes

It was just amazing. Thank you so much!

Giovanni

5.0
About Wine & Spirits tourism in France
What types of wines do wineries produce in France?

In France, you can experience the full spectrum of wine types. There are reds and whites; rosé (a version of rose); sparkling wines (usually made in Champagne); sweet wines such as Sauternes or Banyuls; and even a few fortified options, such as port. The French are known for their high-quality reds, though they also make excellent whites that you should definitely try while visiting.

Where can you find sparkling wine in France?

France is one of the world's biggest producers of still wines and sparkling wine. The most famous region for bubbly is Champagne, but you can also find great sparkling wines in Alsace, Loire and Jura.


Sparkling wine differs from still wine in a couple of ways: it's produced using a secondary fermentation process that creates CO2 bubbles (still wine doesn't have this step), and the grapes used to make it are different than those used to make stills.


The main grapes used to produce champagne are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier; other regions use Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc as well as Pinot Blanc or Aurore (for rosé).

What type of wine is France known for?

France produces a variety of famous wines, most notably being its renowned reds from the bordeaux region and its light sparkling varieties from the Champagne region, just outside of Paris. The Champagne region, closely located to France’s capital, Paris, is home to some of the most prestigious champagnes in the world, including producers like Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot. France is even home to an upscale vineyard that was once owned by Leonardo da Vinci.

What is a French Wine Appellation?

A French wine appellation is a legally defined wine region. Appellations are used to protect the reputation of a wine region and its wines, ensuring authenticity and quality for each variety. There are over 360 wine appellation areas in France, each of which is legally defined and strictly regulated to protect the reputation of the region and its wines. These appellations can be divided into two categories:

  • Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) wines, which are wines that have been granted an official certification by a government-appointed panel. These wines must meet certain guidelines in order to be given this certification. The criteria include everything from grape variety to winemaking methods and even where on their property they are allowed to plant their vines!
  • Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) wines, which are similar to AOC wines but do not require as stringent standards. Therefore, these wines are often more affordable or have simpler production methods that give you significant purchasing power during your trip abroad.
When is the best time to visit France for wine tasting?

It is always a good time to visit France for wine tasting. However, if you're aiming for peak harvest season, the best time to visit France for wine tastings is between June and September. These months make up one of the most pleasant seasons in France in terms of mild weather. French grapes are ripe for harvesting during this timeframe, which means you'll get a lot of information on them from your guides and local winemakers.


During other seasons like winter or spring, France's weather is milder but not warm enough for good grape ripening; many wineries close during these days since they don't have much business. However, you can always determine which wineries will be open during your visit to France using Winalist's wine tour search.

France is one of the most popular wine-producing countries in the world. Offering more than 27,000 wineries and more than 60 appellations d'origine contrôlée (AOC), France produces billions of bottles of wine per year.

With so many different types of wine to try and so many beautiful regions to explore, it can be challenging to decide which region of France you should visit first. From Bordeaux and Burgundy wineries to Champagne houses and beyond, Winalist is here to help you plot your relaxing (and delicious) escape into French wine country.

French wine-tasting experiences may entail visiting several vineyards and producers in one day, where you will be able to taste all kinds of different wines and learn about their history and production methods. French wine tours allow ample time for exploring local areas through its various vineyards, cellars, and restaurants. Winalist provides white-glove, end-to-end wine excursion planning to help you have the vacation of a lifetime. We help you find, vet, and book the best wine tours in the region of France you’re interested in visiting.


About French Wine Tours & Wine Tasting in France

The French are among the best producers of wine in the world. French wine is known for its quality, diversity, and taste. Not only does this European country produce great wine, but it also exports much of its delicious production to various countries across the globe. France produces over 30 different types of grape varieties that go into making red wines, white wines, rosés (both white or pink), sparkling wines (like Champagne), and more that are enjoyed all over the world. You can enjoy these delightful flavors and more during your visit to France, where tasting sessions with local hosts allow you to learn about different kinds of wine and pair them with delicious meals at authentic local restaurants nearby. Winalist is on a mission to provide you with the best wine-tasting experiences that France has to offer. France boasts a surplus of year-round wine tasting tours, excursions, and experiences. These might include adventures such as private tours, wine tastings, and wine-country day trips.


The Best French Wine Regions to Visit

There are six regions that have become synonymous with French wine tasting. These include Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire Valley, Alsace, and Rhone Valley. Each region has its own unique varietals, local products, and traditions.


French Wine Tastings & Wine Tours

Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway with your significant other or a fun family adventure with your children in tow, Winalist’s community of spectacular French wineries have something to suit your needs.

All French wine tours are locally-ran and begin at varying times throughout the day. Each tour generally includes transportation by luxury vehicle from major cities in France, such as Paris. Some tours also include meals catered by French chefs. Many are led by expert guides who can answer any of your questions about French wines and provide personalized recommendations based on your taste and preferences.

The best way to tour French wine country is with a professional guide who can explain the nuances of each wine region in France and make recommendations for which wines you should try, how to pair them with food, and more. There are many different types of wine tours in France that you can book through Winalist’s platform: from guided winery visits to private countryside experiences; from bike tours to walking tours; from full-day excursions to half-day trips. If you’re traveling with friends or family, then consider joining other people on one of these tours for an unforgettable experience (and perhaps some new friends). You should discover our top France wine regions to visit in 2023.

If you want a tour that’s a little more intimate, take a look at Winalist’s options for small groups. We've curated some of our favorite experiences in every region so that you don't have to do any research—just pick one, book, and go!

History of French Winemaking

French wine dates back to the Neolithic period when people began to grow grape vines in France. A significant turning point in France's winemaking came after the fall of the Roman Empire and later with the rule of Charlemagne, who brought together several different regions into one unified kingdom. This eventually led to a common language, which helped spread French wine ideas around Europe and beyond.

Today, France is home to more than 3,000 different wines made by more than 8 million growers across 30 wine regions that extend from north to south across the country's diverse landscape.

France is known for its distinctive wines, from sparkling Champagne to red Bordeaux. Many of these wines can only be found in France, so if you’re a wine enthusiast, it’s time to get out there and explore the country! If you want to learn more about French wine tasting experiences with our team at Winalist or explore some of our other tours around Europe then check out our website today.

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