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Best Vineyards in France

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

If there is one aspect of the French culture that they are famous for, it is the wines that they produce.  The following is a listing of the top wine regions in France and the best wineries in each.

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Alsace – primarily a white wine region, the Alsace region is situated along the Rhine River and borders Germany in north eastern France.  There are 4 wineries that are all worth visiting including:

 

  • Cave Cooperatives at Pfaffenheim and Wuenheim
  • Domaine Faller at Kaysersberg
  • Hugel at Riquewihr

 

Bordeaux – situated along the Atlantic coast and famous its red wines, you will find what is quite possibly the finest collection of wineries in the entire world in this region.  The top one is the Chateau Mouton Rothschild and one of the few that does not require an introductory letter or pre-booking to tour the facilities.

 

Burgundy (Bourgogne) – located in the east of France, the Burgundy region is famous for red and white wines made from the pinot noir grapes and chardonnay grapes respectively.  The top pick for best winery is the Musee du Vin in the village of Beaune.

 

Champagne – this region is located northeast of Paris and has arguably been the hub of France’s best known sparkling wine or champagne (Don Pérignon) since the 1600’s.  The top 3 producers/wineries in the Epernay/Reims area are:

 

  • Moet et Chandon
  • Perrier-Jouet
  • Taittinger

 

Languedoc – up to 40% of France’s less expensive red table wines are produced in this region located in the southeastern region of the country bordering the Mediterranean Sea.  It is also the largest of France’s wine regions in terms of vineyard growing area.  The Corbieres area is the home of 5 of the finest wineries in the region:

  • Castelmaure, Embres & Castelmaure
  • Chateau Le Bouis, Gruissan
  • Domaine Baillat, Montlaur
  • La Voulte Gasparet, Boutenac
  • Mont Tauch, Tuchan

 

Loire Valley – this is primarily a white wine region that stretches a long distance along the Loire River and is renowned for three varieties of grapes – cabernet franc, chenin blanc, and the Muscadet grapes – which produce delicate, light wines.  Additionally, the majority of the wineries in the Loire Valley are family-owned.  The Didier Dageneau winery of the Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé area is the most famous of the region’s wineries.

 

Rhone region – you have to look at both the northern and southern wineries of the Rhone region to understand what makes the area such a significantly prominent wine-producing area.  The north is renowned for its red wines while the south is best known for quantity before quality.  Top wineries include:

 

  • Domaine Brusset, Cairanne
  • Domaine Grand Veneur, Châteauneuf du Pape
  • Château Redortier, Gigondas
  • Domaine Bressy-Masson, Rasteau
  • Domaine Sainte Anne, St. Gervais
  • Château St.Estève d’Uchaux, Uchaux
  • Domaine le Sang des Cailloux, Vacqueyras

 

Hotels in France

Saint-Denis hotel roomSaint-Denis hotel- Saint Denis, Paris
Average Price: €49
Average Rating: 8.4

Hotel Victoria- Lyon RoomHotel Victoria- Lyon
Average Price: €45
Average Rating: 7.5

Hotel Saint-Roch RoomHotel Saint-Roch, Avignon
Average Price: €58
Average Rating: 7.8

 

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Grace lives in India. She loves to travel, not as a tourist, but to soak in the secrets of the nooks and crannies of this amazing planet. She also loves words, expressed through the medium of writing. She firmly believes that a well crafted piece of writing can accomplish ANYTHING!

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  1. Liliana Menchini Ferrando says via Facebook:
    September 24th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Me encanta!!! Conocer estos lugares y los vinos, es conocer también una cultura muy interesante de miles de personas que han hecho posible ésto…


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