Wine in France
Many people coming to France want to enjoy the beauty, quality, and once in a lifetime experience of touring the best wine regions in France. If you are looking at a France Wine Map and wondering what region to go to, what wines are found where and which French vineyard to tour, then this guide, will give you everything you need to know in order to plan your trip. We talk about famous French wines and also other interesting French wite wines and French red wines. Go on reading…
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Wine Regions in France Map
You can find good French wine production in almost every region of France (although the North coast doesn’t have as favorable conditions as the rest of the country).
Most people associate wine in France with the famous French wine regions of Champagne, Bordeaux and even Burgundy and these are considered some of the best wines in the world. However, there are so many other amazing wine areas in France that shouldn’t be overlooked during your wine travel.
You can see on this Wine Regions in France Map just how many options you have to explore, taste and experience good French Wine. The French Wine Regions list, with the must-sees, is the following:
- Loire Valley
- Côtes du Rhône
- Languedoc – Roussillon
In addition to this France Wine Map, with a brief description of the most famous French vineyards, we have suggested the best wine tasting tours in France.
Wine of Bordeaux
The Bordeaux wine region is not only one of the most famous wine regions in France but is also one of the largest. Located in Southern France, the fact that it’s located right along the sea gives the wine unique mineral qualities but also a direct advantage in shipping to other destinations. The wine of Bordeaux is so good that many estates get to sell it as a “Grand Cru” (one of the highest wine standards one can achieve).
There are actually several wine regions in Bordeaux aside from the town of Bordeaux itself, all offering excellent selections. However, the two that most people know and visit are the Left Bank (on the West side of the Gironde river) and the Right Bank (on the East side of the river). Popular towns to visit are Medoc and Haut Medoc (and surrounding villages) and Graves.
The wine of Bordeaux is often dominated by reds and blends. You can typically expect to find high prices here, but you’ll be rewarded with high-quality wine for the price.
If you are wanting to experience several vineyards, consider doing this afternoon wine tasting starting from Bordeaux. You’ll visit two separate Bordeaux châteaux, have 4 Bordeaux wine tastings, learn about the local wines and see the stunning scenery of the region.
Wine of Burgundy
The Burgundy wine region(s) are found near Eastern-Central France. Like many of the other wine regions in France, Burgundy actually is comprised of several regions and towns.
The wine regions of Burgundy include locations such as Châblis, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, Maconnais, and Beaujolais.
The wine of Burgundy is extremely complex, and therefore often very expensive. Luckily, you can also find very affordable, quality wines here as well. The region of Burgundy has some excellent French white wines (made from Chardonnay), French red wines (made from Pinot Noir), and some great sparkling wines and Rosés as well.
If you are looking for wine tours in Burgundy, consider this half day tour in the Côte de Nuits region, starting from Dijon. Explore various stunning vineyard towns along the way, visit historic wine cellars, learn about the winemaking process and taste several classic Burgundy wines.
Wine of Provence
If heading to the Mediterranean coast in France, then consider some wine tours in Provence, which is a beautiful region only a few hours Northwest from Nice. While a lesser-known and not-as-popular French wine region, the area of Provence is simply stunning and you can find some fantastic wines here, like so much of France.
This region is dotted with vineyards and wine shops all over, many which offer their own wine tasting in Provence experiences.
Due to the warm climate and proximity to the ocean, the wine of Provence has a wide range of excellent grapes that are often full-bodied and absolutely perfect table wine options!
You can find red wines like Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cinsault here as well as whites like Grenache and Clairette as well as some absolutely fantastic rosés.
This full-day French wine tasting and tour (lunch included) starting from Avignon takes you to the heart of Châteauneuf du Pape, visiting 3 of the main appellations of Provence. You’ll get the best of both worlds as you see the beautiful countryside of Provence while getting to try Provence varietal wines.
Wine of Loire Valley
Another major producer and one of the largest wine regions of France is the Loire Valley, where you can find some of the best wines in France.
The most popular wine regions in Loire Valley are The Pays Nantais, Anjou-Saumur, Touraine and the Central Vineyards.
If you are looking for lighter wines, the wines of Loire Valley is right up your alley. There are great selections of lighter red wines, delicate, fruity white wines, sweet roses and a large production of sparkling wines.
If traveling to Paris and looking to experience the wine culture of France, consider a day tour from Paris and find one of the many wine tours in Loire Valley or just visit one of the many wineries in Loire Valley yourself on a DIY wine tour. Being so close to Paris, this is a fantastic day trip from Paris or a weekend getaway from Paris option.
From Paris, this full day tour has a bit of something for everyone. Visit two wineries in Loire Valley where you’ll get to taste several local wines paired with delicious cheeses and learn about the history of the land. This tour also combines stopping at a local goat farm, where you can see how goat cheese is prepared, and, of course, try some for yourself!
Côtes du Rhône Wine
Another very popular selection of French wines is found in the Rhône Valley, in Southeastern France scattered around the meandering Rhône River. This major export region of France is so large, it is split into the “Northern Rhone” and the “Southern Rhone” areas.
The wines of the Rhône Valley, also known as Côtes du Rhône wine, and are often some of the most expensive wines you can buy. Heading South, white wines are the prominent grape, such as Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier. However, don’t skimp on the red wines, such as the Syrah and wonderful blends.
Starting in Avignon and then heading into the rolling hills of the Côtes du Rhône wine region, you’ll enjoy three Côtes du Rhône Wine tastings while visiting some of the most famous areas in the region, including some of the best Grand Cru wines that the Rhone Valley has to offer.
Wines of Languedoc – Roussillon
The Languedoc – Roussillon wine region, while not as famous (by name alone) as some of the other French wine regions, it is actually one of the largest wine producing areas of France by vineyard surface area and produces massive amounts of wine annually.
The wines of Languedoc are often known as some of the best wines at really affordable prices and include Merlot, Cabernet, and Syrah. There are plenty of quality whites as well such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Grenache, and Muscat Blanc.
Choose from a morning or an afternoon Languedoc-Roussillon wine tasting tour starting from the city of Montpellier. Visit one of the oldest wine estates in all of France, learn about the techniques of wine tasting and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Meditteranean region of France.
The Alsace wine region is another beautiful area to explore. Being so close to Germany, the region shares many characteristics with its Eastern neighbor, from it’s latticed buildings to its wine production techniques.
Wines of Alsace are often dry white wines, sparkling sweet varieties, and roses. Just like in Germany, you can find delicious Rieslings, Gewürztraminers, and Pinot Gris. The land and climate primarily lend itself to white wines, but you can still find some sweeter reds as well as roses in Alsace as well.
If looking for wine tastings in Alsace, this tour starts in the gorgeous town of Colmar and journeys along the “wine road.” Your wine tasting in Alsace tour will have you completely enchanted with this part of France. You’ll be educated on a plethora of Alsace wines to round out your wine tasting in Alsace.
Champagne Wine Region
The Champagne wine region just might be one of the most famous wine regions in France, if not even the world. While many vineyards in the world produce sparkling wine, it can only be labeled as “Champagne” if, in fact, it was produced in the actual Champagne region.
The Champagne region is located in the North East section of France, not far from Belgium and Luxembourg. It’s close proximity to Paris makes tours of Champagne another favorite area to do excursions to.
While the most famous wine of Champagne is Champagne itself, you can actually also find Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Champagne region as well. Due to the climate, you can expect lighter, dryer and crisper wines than the sweeter varieties found elsewhere in France.
Champagne and opulence often go hand in hand, which is exactly what you’ll get on this full-day tour starting in Paris. From Abbeys to châteaux to boutique vineyards, you’ll have a luxury Champagne wine tour at Moët & Chandon House, complete with, of course, Champagne tastings.
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