Eiffel towers, cheese, snooty waiters, romance and wine- France is an exquisite country that is famous for a lot of things. It has a variety of wine travel destinations that you can enjoy visiting, whether you are alone or with your loved ones. It is said that France is the country where wine grape originated over 37 million years ago. Wine was brought into the country by Greeks in 600 B.C. through Marseilles and has today expanded to almost every region of the country. Here is a wine travel guide to help you plan your moment and movement in France.
How to Get There
Overseas travelers usually fly into France through Roissy Charles de Gaulle which is the country’s main international airport located in Paris. This airport is also serves as Air France’s hub. You can then fly directly from Paris to the wine regions in the country. You can also travel directly into the wine regions from other parts of Europe through airports in Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lyon, and Strasbourg. If you are travelling from England, you can drive or aboard a train, passing through a tunnel built under the English Channel.
When to Visit
Winter is a good time to carry out your wine travelling in France because it is during this season that the wineries can serve as a great travel destinations. The wine makers have enough time during this period to show you around in their caves and explain to you more about their wines. Between the months of March and May is probably the best period to enjoy your wine travelling in France. It is the most scenic time since you get to enjoy the stupendous vineyard view plus a lot of wine tasting to bring your wine tasting fantasies to life.
The months of October and November is a grape harvest season. You should avoid carrying out your wine travel during this period. Also, from July to August, France often get very chaotic because this is a French national holiday season and so the holiday towns are filled up by people, leaving other parts deserted and boring.
The Wine Regions
There are so many places you can visit in France to maximize your experience with the wine. Three of the most notable wine regions include Bordeaux, Champagne, and Burgundy. Keep in mind that these regions are also among the most expensive places to visit in France too. Bordeaux is famous for its deep-color, full-bodied reds while Cote-d’Or of Burgundy is known to produce some outstanding white and red wines. Loire and Rhone valleys produce wines that are usually exported, and are the wines best known abroad for their outstanding sweetness. In the south of France, Languedoc, Provence, and Roussillon are known to produce wines in substantial quantities for domestic production.
Winery Tours and Tastings
Major wine producers in France such as Chateau Latour and Moet & Chandon have easily-navigable websites with clear information regarding the procedures to follow if you want to book wine tours with them. Because these information can sometimes be out of date, you can also call or email the companies for clarification.
If you want to see some of the world’s most fascinating wine scenery, then it is time you travel to France. There are lots of amazing wine fields and wineries there. Some doesn’t accept walk-in visitors others do, so make sure you are satisfied with the terms and conditions.