When it comes to regions that are associated with wine, France is the foremost producer of high-quality wine in the world, and with a great range of different terrain and weather conditions where grapes can be grown, it also has a great variety in terms of the wines they produce there. One aspect of the wine culture that has grown over recent years is the desire to explore the origin of great wines and to see where the grapes are grown and where they are pressed and made into wine. France is a great place to visit in this respect, and it has several wonderful vineyards that have excellent tours and hosts to welcome you.
This country house and winery are where around 220 acres of grapes are turned into wine, and it is located in a lovely area of the Medoc countryside, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc grapes are processed. There is a wine museum on site looking at traditional production methods, while there is also an impressive restaurant with two Michelin stars where you can enjoy some superb food to be matched with some of the best wine in Bordeaux.
This champagne producer has been welcoming visitors to their winery on the fringes of the town of Epernay for over forty years, and the warm welcome and obvious passion for their products makes hosts Ghislain and Marie-Jose the perfect people to take you around this wonderful family winery. Homemade cooking accompanies the champagne tastings here, and while they supply many of the big names in champagne production, their own smaller production line produces some very tasty champagne too.
The stunning building that is home to this winery is one of the grandest country homes that you will encounter in France, set on a rise overlooking the Layon Valley and the rows of Cabernet Franc grapes that help produce the wine here. This is a winery that has long been held within the same family, and the grand surroundings make this a wonderful place to enjoy a glass of wine, while there are also rooms available in the chateau if you want a rest from driving and fancy sampling a little more of the chateau's produce.
This Alsace vineyard has been producing wine in this location for over a thousand years, and the terraces that you see today are the same terraces that held the wine produced by the Capuchin monks here as far back as the ninth century. The grapes here are all organic, with the Riesling and Gewurztraminer varieties among the most popular. The wine tasting may be free, but it is hard to resist buying a bottle or two of their wonderful produce directly from the winery before you leave.
It is not only wine that is produced in the vineyards of France, and here you will be able to take the tour of the winery that produces the tasty spirit that is twice distilled before being aged for two years in oak barrels. You can see that while some aspects have seen technological advances, the importance of the wooden barrels is still to be seen. The tour here certainly takes in a much larger commercial operation, but is still well worthwhile, with a lovely restaurant in the main house where you can enjoy great food well suited to the flavor of the cognac.
This modern winery is certainly one that has embraced wine tourism, and along with the chance to taste the wines here, you can also explore the sculptures and modern architecture that offer a very different sight to the traditional French winery. All the wines produced here are fully organic, while the tastings of the great range of wines here are accompanied by tasty local delicacies.
A luxury hotel surrounded by around eight acres of vineyards, this is a great spot if you are looking for a break from the road, with a lovely spa and swimming pool to help you relax after your drive. The surroundings are spectacular and help to produce some superb wines, while the excellent restaurant serves food that is matched with the delicious wines here.