The vineyards of France Whether we discover along our departmental roads or over our rivers and rivers, in the heart of our regions, are an irreplaceable living heritage.
The roads of wines bring us to meet wine of course, but also winegrowers, vineyards, terroirs, gastronomy and cultural heritage.
Wine roads have been created from the 1950s And crisscross the French vineyards from north to south and from east to west. These many routes invite you to discover, in their smallest detail, All wine regions And to take advantage of remarkable oenological, gastronomic and cultural discoveries.
These are near Ten million wine tourists Today who, each year, travel the vineyards. Whether they are French or foreign, beginners or experts, young or old, it is A large audience which is found for a getaway of areas in castles, cellars, from tastings in discoveries.
Here, for your greatest pleasure, an overview of the Routes des Vins de France, to visit by car, on foot or by bike, and even sometimes by boat.
The Alsace Wine Route:
The oldest and probably the best known. The road of Alsatian vineyards takes you on an oenological journey over hundreds of kilometers of greenways. By car, by bicycle or on foot, the discovery of its great vintages, its grape varieties or its viticultural specificities such as late harvests will seduce you, without any doubt.
From Strasbourg to Colmar, VIt sets out to discover villages with half -timbered houses, hilly landscapes and typical and worldly recognized wines.
The Champagne Wine Route:
Composed of six routes and Less than two hours in Paris, a stay in Champagne begins in Reims with the discovery of the Gallo-Roman Crayères of the Ruinart house, then with a visit to the cellars of the Taittinger champagnes where you will see no less Fifteen million bottles Stored in the crypts of an old abbey. Then, to Épernay, you are spoiled for choice between the Vitry hillsides, the Marne valley or the Côte des Blancs to name a few. Also to discover, non -effervescent champagne wines like Bouzy or Riceys.
The Burgundy Wine Route:
From Chablis to the Mâconnais vineyard, many circuits will guide you to the most renowned villages like Chablis, Vougeot, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Meursault ... since Dijon, browse the Grands Crus route and discover the villages of the Côtes de Beaune and Côtes de Nuits.
Landscapes with delicate curves and authentic villages, it is a simple ordeal by the side of the road which signals the plot of Romanée-Conti, The most expensive wine in the world. Then, discover the Hospices de Beaune and their famous polychrome roofs or the ancient presses and the Castle of the Château du Clos de Vougeot dating monks from Cîteaux in the 12th century.
The Loire Wine Route:
The Loire Valley vineyard follows the Royal River from the Massif Central to Nantes. This is The longest route in the France vineyards With almost eight hundred kilometers. Pinot Noir, Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Chenin or Sauvignon, discover these grape varieties over each wine territory, from Anjou to Loire-Atlantique, from Sarthe to the Loir valley and Vendée, as many territories united by A river and its tributaries.
Enjoy Sancerres and finish with the Nantes country and its Muscadets. Walk the Loire valley and its impressive cultural heritage with its Renaissance castles And its wine production of exceptional quality.
The Rhône Valley Wine Route:
The vineyard is made up of two very marked territories that are on the one hand the northern Rhône valley going from Vienne to Valence, on the other the southern Rhône valley going from Montélimar to Avignon, from Condrieu to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
To the north, terraced vines on hillsides bordered by stone walls and in the south a more diverse grape variety alternating vines, garrigue, lavender and olive trees. Follow the Rhône, from Côte-Rôtie, via Saint-Joseph and to Ardèche, you will benefit from magnificent landscapes And a wines palette where everyone will find their pearl rare.
The Bordeaux wine route:
Médoc, Sauternes, Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Margaux… Bordeaux and its nine mille castles is the land of wines par excellence. Start your getaway by the Médoc road, the most prestigious with its great classified wines and bourgeois raws along the Garonne estuary.
Then, discover the Graves and Sauternes, then continue your way on the Blaye and Bourg road. Continue in the Entre-deux-Mers, between Garonne and Dordogne, then finish with Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage.