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Three Must Visit Vineyards in France

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What could be more wonderful than heading off on an adventure where you can sample some of the finest wines the world has to offer? There are so many incredible places across the world perfectly suited for a wine-tasting holiday, from Italy and Spain to Chile and Argentina. However, undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations for wine lovers is France.

France boasts a rich tapestry of wine regions, each offering unique grape varieties and stunning scenery. To help you plan your dream vineyard escape, we’ve highlighted three of our top suggestions for places to visit in France.

Château Cos d'Estournel, Bordeaux

Bordeaux, on France's southwest coast, is synonymous with iconic wines. Nestled within the prestigious Médoc appellation, Château Cos d'Estournel stands out for its grandeur. This 19th-century fairytale castle, complete with turrets and pointed roofs, houses a winery known for its powerful Cabernet Sauvignon blends.

What to expect: Beyond the castle's captivating architecture, Cos d'Estournel offers a range of tours, from introductory tastings to in-depth explorations of their cellars. For the adventurous, cycling holidays in France provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy taking a more scenic route and in this area, you’ll find plenty of stunning vineyards and surrounding areas to explore by bike.

What to taste: The estate's flagship wine, Cos d'Estournel, is a blend known for its complexity and ageing potential. However, they also produce a second wine, Goulee de Cos, that offers a more approachable style at a more accessible price point.

Champagne Ruinart, Champagne

Venture northeast to the renowned Champagne region. Here, amidst rolling hills dotted with vineyards, lies Champagne Ruinart, the oldest established Champagne House which was founded in 1729.

What to expect: Ruinart offers a unique perspective on Champagne production. Descend into their vast chalk cellars, some dating back to the Roman era. Their expertly guided tours delve into the history of Champagne making and the meticulous processes that go into crafting their elegant bubbles.

What to taste: Ruinart is renowned for its Blanc de Blancs Champagnes, made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes. Their non-vintage Brut is a classic expression, known for its delicate floral notes and refreshing acidity.

Clos de Vougeot Castle, Burgundy

Head southeast to Burgundy, another iconic wine region. Here, nestled amidst rolling vineyards, stands the imposing Clos de Vougeot Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 16th-century marvel houses a prestigious vineyard collective, producing some of the world's most coveted Pinot Noirs.

What to expect: Explore the castle's grand halls, learn about its fascinating history, and soak in the breathtaking views from the ramparts. Several wine producers within the Clos de Vougeot offer tastings, allowing you to sample a diverse range of Pinot Noirs from this legendary terroir.

What to taste: Pinot Noir reigns supreme in Burgundy. You’ll find powerful, structured wines known for their earthy notes and long ageing potential. Consider booking a tasting with a smaller producer to discover the nuances within this revered appellation.


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