The 5 Best Wine Routes in France, According to Traveling Vineyard

Traveling Vineayrd's Top Wine Routes in France

If you enjoy wine, there are many ways to taste a variety of flavors. You could simply buy different bottles from your local Traveling Vineyard Wine Guide or grocery store, but it's always fun to try new wines when you’re traveling the French countryside or getting together with friends.

France is the primary wine-producing country. Its soil and climate are optimally balanced for growing grapes. The French have also been making wine for centuries. It’s part of the culture. In fact, people flock to France just to travel wine routes that wind through various regions and to experience the delicious liquid that’s generated in each location.

What can you do on a tour through France’s wine country? The most well-known wine brands open their vineyards to the public. They may offer tours and tastings, but these experiences can be expensive. Smaller vintners have opened bed and breakfasts, where you can get a more intimate glance at the wine-making process. If you visit smaller cellars, you may get an even closer look at how the wine is made. Here are Traveling Vineyard's top picks for the best wine routes throughout France.

Champagne

Champagne is a unique wine region. It’s close to Paris. Accessing the area doesn’t require days of rural driving. Some of the winemakers to visit are Champagne Tribaut, Champagne Fallet Dart and Champagne Aspasie.

At Champagne Tribaut, there’s no charge for a tasting. You’ll get to nibble on delicious hors d’oeuvres as you sit in an inviting salon or lounge on a terrace overlooking the sprawling vineyard. You can arrange for a tour of the cellar with advanced notice. While you’re visiting the town of Hautvillers, visit the grave of Dom Perignon, the man who is recognized for inventing Champagne.

Champagne Fallet Dart is only 80 km from Paris. The family has been making wine for centuries but is new to the world of Champagne. Still, the family produces delectable champagnes and other specialty aperitifs.

The Aspasie winery is housed in an ancient farmhouse. When you visit, you can learn about the way the champagne is made. You can also spend the night in one of the well-appointed guest rooms or take a tour of the eco-museum.

Alsace

Like many of the others, the Alsace wine route is picturesque. Visit around the end of October to be part of the many wine festivals that bring the region to life. You may be familiar with riesling and pinot noir, which are both produced in the area. Alsace is also known for gewürztraminer and sylvaner.

Most of the winemakers in this area really take their time with visitors. Get to know the experts at Domaine Paul Blanck et fils. Call ahead to make an appointment. You’ll get to tour the vineyard, learn about the different types of grapes and discover the best places to eat in town.

The Clos Froehn bed and breakfast is located in a stunning 17th-century farmhouse. You can gaze out from the tower over the rolling hills and sample local cheeses, pastries and jams. The tasting room feels like an informal pub. If you make prior arrangements, you can get a tour of the vineyard.

Burgundy

When you’re in Burgundy, you can visit Chablis in the north and the Cote d’Or in the heart of the region. Travel south through Lyon to the Rhone to experience even more. This large wine route encompasses a lot of area. It has five different territories. The Route des Grands Crus, which follows the N74 road, may be the most famous path to take. The route is about 60 km and has clear signage to help you find your way.

This area is notorious for red and white wines. Beaujolais develops light reds. Exceptional whites are made in the northern part of the Rhone.

Bordeaux

A trip through Bordeaux, in the Southwest region of France, can take you down several different paths. Six distinct wine routes bring you to different wineries, restaurants and experiences. You can take a wine cruise down a river or stroll through a local wine fair.

Many wineries open their doors to the public on certain days. Otherwise, you can make an appointment to visit specific a chateaux. Don’t try to see everything or restrict your visits to the most famous wineries. Instead, focus on those that produce wines that you love.

Provence

Provence is a massive region that produces a variety of wines. The wine route begins in Toulon and runs to Saint-Tropez. It also traverses olive groves and meadows filled with lavender inland. This is the area that’s most famous for its rosés. However, modern vintners are starting to produce sensational reds. Organic farming is a trend in this area.

A Virtual Wine Route

Can you experience a well-rounded wine tasting without traveling all the way to France? With the Traveling Vineyard, a local Wine Guide comes to you with exclusive wines that you can taste for free. Sure, you may not get to sit in a vintage farmhouse or get to chat with an authentic French vintner, but you’ll get to learn a lot about the wines via your own personal Wine Guide.

Becoming a wine guide with the Traveling Vineyard is also an opportune way to earn an income doing something that you love to do. Wine Guides don’t have to be experts in the field. They are trained to conduct wine tastings, explain food and wine pairings and provide information about various Traveling Vineyard wines.

Earning money is as easy as conducting a wine tasting at the home of a willing host. Anyone can host a party and bring in a Wine Guide. The tastings are free and guests will experience five different Traveling Vineyard varietals. The Wine Guide will earn a commission on bottles of wine that guests order during the tasting.

Traveling Vineyard offers at least offers at least 21 varieties of wine. A Traveling Vineyard Success Kit costs $189 and includes everything you need to get started, included Traveling Vineyard’s proprietary wine education and food pairing tool, Sommology.

This is wonderful way to learn about different wines without having to travel the globe. It’s ideal for people who want to explore the world of wine. Traveling Vineyard offers a few French wines. The company’s Chandelier wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah from Languedoc. Lancre is a Cabernet Franc rosé from Bordeaux. Work with Traveling Vineyard to create your own virtual wine route. You can work from home, earn money and follow your passion for wine.

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