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Top 10 of the prettiest wine regions in France

Wine lovers from around the world flock to France for its sheer abundance of vineyards and vintages. While you don’t have to be a fan of grapes to take advantage of the wine regions, it certainly helps. France is also home to some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, so take one of the many ferry crossings to France from the UK and discover a few wine-producing areas with some the best views in the country. Here is out Top 10 of the prettiest wine regions in France…

Alsace – one of the best wine regions to visit in France

Alsace France

 

Travel to the far eastern regions of France and you will find the beautiful wine region of Alsace. It’s located close to the border of Germany, which means the wines produced here have a heavy Germanic influence. Alsace follows the thinnest part of the Rhine River and the Vosges Mountains provide the perfect backdrop. With its famous wine route, Alsace is geared towards the wine tourist, so expect open vineyards, traditional timber villages and several sophisticated food choices (including 26 Michelin-starred restaurants) and plenty of excellent accommodation to match. Visit in October when the annual festivals take place for a real Alsace wine experience.

Loire Valley – one of the most beautiful wine regions in France

Loire Valley France

 

If you like your wine white, then visit the Loire Valley, France’s main producer of white wine. Famous for its natural beauty, gorgeous châteaux and picturesque towns, the Loire Valley makes an excellent travel destination. Like Alsace, the Loire Valley is ready to welcome the wine tourist, with many of the vineyards being conveniently located on the ‘Route du Vin’, the Loire Wine Road. With approximately 7,000 vineyards tending over 70,000 hectares of vines, and with heritage and beauty that can’t fail to win you over, visit the Loire Valley and be prepared to fall in love from the very first drop.



Burgundy – a beautiful wine region to explore in France

Beautiful Burgundy France

 

Located to the south-east of Paris, Burgundy is a beautiful and peaceful region which is as closely connected to wine production as it is possible to be. Stretching 360 kilometres all the way down to Lyon, it’s made up of a patchwork of tiny vineyards in villages strung along a narrow valley. With its historical and cultural beauty this is a breath-taking place to visit, and with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varieties in abundance, this region definitely deserves its world-class reputation.

Champagne

Champagne-Ardenne vineyard France

 

This wine region is so famous that it has a drink named after it. This pretty French wine region starts 140 kilometres from Paris, around the city of Meaux and stretches along the Marne river to the city of Epernay, to reach the area explore the cross channel ferry routes and then be prepared for around a two and a half-hour drive. It’s worth the journey because Champagne is home to some exceptionally scenic countryside, world heritage sites, medieval chateaux and vineyards as far as the eye can see. Also expect regional food in abundance and a variety of accommodation choices, here you can learn about the art of champagne making while enjoying France in its true glory.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux city in France

 

Arguably the most famous wine region in France, and also one of the most beautiful. The wine-producing area of Bordeaux can be found in the Aquitaine region of south-west France and remains the centre of the fine wine world. It covers a huge area and is definitely one of the most popular wine regions, producing mostly red wine with an excellent reputation. Bordeaux is home to some of the world’s most revered vineyards, but it’s the exquisite city the region takes its name from that really cranks up the beauty factor several notches. The city of Bordeaux is officially a world heritage site filled with beautifully preserved classical and neo-classical architecture, much of which has remained unchanged for more than a couple of centuries.



Languedoc

Languedoc vineyard France

 

If you want to combine a wine tasting trip with a good dose of sunshine, then Languedoc – the southernmost region of mainland France – may well be your ideal holiday destination. Known for the castles of Carcassonne, beautiful vistas and traditional agricultural scenes, the 700,000 acres of the Languedoc makeup one of the world’s most productive and affordable wine regions. With gorgeous countryside, a good dose of Spanish architecture and wine festivals throughout the year, this is a wine lover’s must-see destination.

The Rhône Valley

Rhône Valley France

 

The Rhône Valley is the oldest established winemaking region in France, dating back almost 600 years. It’s divided into two wine-growing regions – the northern part produces only 5% of the total wine production while the south accounts for an enormous 95%. The Rhône Valley is famous for wines such as the vibrant reds of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and here you’ll find vineyards along the river but also up in the mountains, on steep slopes, and on the plains in the Rhone delta. For the wine tourist, there are over 200 km of Rhône Valley to discover, including a handful of medieval chateaux and the beautiful walled city of Avignon.

Bergerac

Bergerac vineyard France

 

Bergerac is a historic wine region in the south-west of France, which takes its name from the market town at its centre. With its half-timbered houses and the very charming banks of the Dordogne River, Bergerac, the capital of Purple Périgord, is well worth a visit. Also home to stunning chateaux, pretty villages a sprawling rich countryside, it provides the perfect backdrop to a place that brings you both dry and sweet white wines as well as reds and rosé. With a wealth of local food produce to accompany your wine tasting, Bergerac also makes an excellent gastronomic destination.

Provence

Provence and cote d azur tour 2020

 

Provence is a beautiful historical province of southeastern France, If you are particularly partial to a rosé, then a trip to Provence may just turn out to be your favourite holiday destination. Indeed, this beautiful French wine region is responsible for approximately 8% of the worlds rosé production and the name conjures up images of charming hilltop villages, terraced vineyards, rocky hillsides, lavender meadows and alfresco cafés. With its idyllic scenery that sums up that stereotypical image of French life and plenty of sunshine you can experience a true sense of ‘joie de vivre’.

Corsica

Beautiful vineyards in France

Corsica France

 

Corsica may not be the most obvious French wine tourist destination, but they have been making the stuff for around 2500 years. This picturesque island located off the South of France is a true fusion of its French and Italian influences with a gastronomy and culture to match. Expect outstanding beaches, Mediterranean sunshine, excellent food and truly beautiful scenery. You’ll also have the chance to taste wines that often don’t make it away from the island, meaning you might just discover a few wine treasures yourself.

Languedoc-Roussillon

Languedoc-Roussillon - prettiest wine regions in France

 

Languedoc-Roussillon is a sprawling and diverse wine region in the south of France, covering an area that stretches from Montpellier in the east all the way to the Spanish border. The region is French in character, but the influences of the Spanish and Catalan culture are clear. It’s also fast establishing itself as a place to discover great tasting wine but without the designer price tag to match. Here, they aren’t afraid to mix their grapes, producing flavours unique to the region. This is a great place to camp, giving you the option to experience wine tourism on a cheaper budget. Open-air cooking, a warm climate and a glass of Picpoul de Pinet are the perfect ingredients for a memorable trip.

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Scott started his travelling life back in 1999, when he headed off on a solo jaunt to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia with just a backpack, a camera and a spirit for adventure. After that, the travel bug bit hard and now he is always seeking to head off somewhere new. Over the years he has lived in Italy, Qatar, Ireland and the UK but his spiritual home will always be Rome as this is the city which most satisfies his unrelenting craving for culture, good food and football. Scott loves nothing better than to be behind the camera and has also just started his own blog called Bars and Spas. As well as Rome he also counts Melbourne and Tel Aviv among his favourite places and now permanently resides in Dublin. Follow Scott on Google+ and Twitter

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    CWC

    25 March, 2016 at 5:39 am

    What wonderful places where you can go and discover the secrets of their wines. Such an amazing place just like these two, the Burgundy and Champagne. We will be aware of where those pretty destination names come from. Traveling on these places will be the best thing that will happen in your whole life. A place where wines are made and a relaxing place were you can sit aside and have a bottle of wine with you.

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    Priyanka Chadha

    1 May, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Dear Graham / Team,

    Please advise if November 5-18, would be an advisable time to visit these wineries.

    Thank you lots in advance… 🙂
    Merci.

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    Stephanie Vega

    5 August, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Gorgeous pics. I do wish I could visit. You’ve visited them all? I guess for now I’ll be satisfied with California wine country.

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      Graham

      5 August, 2013 at 11:45 am

      We’ve been to quite a few already and planning to see a few more. The other places have been recommended by our travel network. We love California wine country too 🙂

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