The best wine trails in France
Going to France without trying the wine is simply unimaginable, but sometimes it is not enough to just try a few glasses – you need something more. If you love wine, then sampling at least a few of the lovely French wine is something that you should definitely do while in France. Luckily, you can taste them in a nice bistro, as well as in one of the many wineries and vineyards in the country, especially if you don’t mind traveling at bit through the French countryside for a couple of glasses – so here are the best wine trails in France.
Alsace has some of the best wineries in France, and also a thoroughly picturesque landscape. You can start your tour at Strasbourg, and continue to Mulhouse via Colmar. While the lush green landscape of Alsace certainly contributes a great deal to the enjoyment of the area, it’s the excellent white wines that make the region so great for wine-lovers. There is not just one wine trail that you can visit in Alsace – there are 170 kilometers of trail that will take you through over 60 communes.
Bordeaux wine is one of those wines that even someone who doesn’t know wines at all has heard about. For a wine lover, the Bordeaux region, with its huge variety of wines, is nothing less than a paradise. Besides, this region of France is really quite beautiful, what with its unique climate and proximity to the Atlantic. Some of the most legendary wine estates in the world are in Bordeaux: Petrus, Yquem, Cheval-Blanc, Mouton Rothschild, Château-Margaux, Haut-Brion and others.
The Burgundy region (Burgogne in French) on the gentle slopes west of the Saone River, produce some of the most famous French wines. The region is unspoiled and ripe with age-old traditions cherished by the people. You can find excellent red and white wines produced in the region, and you can start your trail at Auxerrois and continue towards Dijon and then Macon.
The Champagne region is the best known in France, not for the wine, necessarily, but for the delicious drink named after the region. Champagne is a type of wine though, and there are many other wine varieties that you can taste in this area. Visit the city of Reims with its amazing historical attractions, head to Troyes and visit the major producers in Montagne de Reims, the Marne Valley, the Côte des Blancs, the Côte de Sézanne and the Aube.
Provence is a heaven for foodies and wine lovers, what with its unique cuisine and many wine producers. The large variety of wines is not the only thing that makes the region attractive for visitors – most of the wine-tasting destinations are also rich in historical and cultural attractions. Marseille, Cassis, Toulon, Hyères, Saint-Raphaël, Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Nice are only a few of the many destinations for wine lovers.