Best Wine Regions & Cities to Visit in France

France has a lot to offer besides picturesque cities, romantic tourist destinations, and enthralling history. Its rich culture, fine wine and exquisite cuisine have made it a leading destination among travellers who travel with the aim of eating and drinking well.

Winemaking as we know it began in this country and its influence continues to dominate the wine market today. If you’re planning a wine-centric visit then here are some of the most essential wine cities and wine regions to get you started on your sipping tour through France!

Drinking Cassis and Bandol wine in Marseille, Things to Do in Marseille, Southern France – Travel Photography by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-2834

Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the most famous wine region in France and creates many of the world’s finest wine labels. The city of Bordeaux also happens to be one of the finest wine cities in France.

The winemakers of Bordeaux were also the first to begin exporting their wines to other winemaking territories. Bordeaux produces elite wine labels like Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot Wines, etc. and is home to some of the best wine tasting sessions in France.

Whether it’s your first visit to France or your 100th, make sure not to skip this notable wine region.

Provence

Provence is another famous wine region in France and is famous for producing some of the world’s finest rosé wines.

In fact, more than half of Provence’s terroir is dedicated to the production of rosé wine, with many wine tastings offering food specifically to match.

Rosés are typically light and well balanced, perfect on a hot summer’s day, and pair beautifully with fish and seafood, fresh salads, light pasta and rice dishes, and of course go down beautifully with a wide variety of French cheeses.

If you’re in Provence then definitely be sure to visit the uniquely charming port city of Marseille.

Burgundy

Located in eastern France, Burgundy produces some of the most elegant wines in France is also home to the country’s most inspiring vineyard-carpeted hills and mountains.

Burgundy wines tend to be dry red wines and draw on the region’s exclusive grape varietals, which include Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They also craft white wines that come from Chardonnay, which serve as an inspiration to other vineyards.

Montpellier

Montpellier is one of the very best cities in France for wine lovers and is surrounded by the Grès de Montpellier wine region.

The climate in this area is different from other notable regions you may know. The colder temperature allow them to grow an exclusive grape varietal known as Cape.

Their fine wines are coveted by some of the most elite families in the world.


Make it Happen

Undeniably, France is the leader of Europe when it comes to winemaking and wine-related travel. 

Find out more about eating and drinking in other parts of France via the links below:

TOP 6 WINE BARS IN PARIS ~ A SOMMELIER’S GUIDE

A BOUCHON RÉVOLUTION: WHERE & WHAT TO EAT IN LYON, FRANCE

TOP 6 WINE BARS IN PARIS ~ A SOMMELIER’S GUIDE

THINGS TO DO, SEE & EAT IN SÈTE, SOUTHERN FRANCE ~ LA JOIE DE VIVRE AWAITS

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