If you’re a wine enthusiast, the place for you to visit is France. The country is known for its delicious wines, especially Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc, and there are various regions of France that specialize in specific types of wine. France is full of breathtaking castles, rolling hills, and wine production education at any of their infamous wineries and vineyards. Wine tourism is such a profitable industry in France and it’s not hard to see why. If you’re a true wine fan, you must try some really good French wine. It can be tricky to find the right spots, but here is a list of the best wineries and vineyards to check out while you’re in France.
Chateau Pape Clement, Pessac
Located in the South of France, Chateau Pape Clement, one of the oldest vineyards in France, is every wine lover’s dream. This winery is well known for its incredible history and breathtaking natural beauty in the Bordeaux Region, which is one of the top French wine areas. With beautiful greenery and historic castles, the vineyard dates all the way back to 1252. The entire land is truly a dream. Visitors get to enjoy flavorsome Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot right from the vineyard. Between the wines and views that Chateau Pape Clement offers, visitors are treated like royalty.
Chateau Gaudrelle, Loire Valley
Located in France’s Loire Valley, Chateau Gaudrelle, is one of France’s best vineyards. The Loire Valley is best known for its delicious food, style, and last but not least, the wines. Chateau Gaudrelle is situated right in between northern and southern France and takes you on a complete tour of the vineyard, leaving nothing behind. The scenic views of perfectly aligned grapes and colonial architecture make just being out on the property worth the trip. The tour is a whole 45 minutes long and visitors get to see the vineyards, wine cellars, and enjoy a wine tasting. When visiting, you definitely want to try Chateau Gaudrelle’s Chinon red wine, as well as a few other regional specialties. They also offer several other tours and workshops, such as the cheese and wine pairing.
Chateau de Pitray, Bordeaux
Chateau de Pitray, located outside of Bordeaux, is known for its mouthwatering Merlot and Cabernet Franc, as well as its gorgeous landscapes. The castle has been owned by one family for about 600 years, and has approximately 75 acres of vineyards that produce hundreds of thousands of bottles of wine each year for the past 300 years. The castle itself, looks like something straight out of a fairytale, and the grounds and flavors are sure to captivate you.
Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac
Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is one of the biggest wine estates in the region and features over 100 hectares of vines in the small village of Pauillac. With gorgeous scenery and fine wine, the castle and grounds make for the perfect combination. There are three main areas to the grounds; the hillsides, Carruades plateau, and Saint Estephe. The vineyard produces various types of wine, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are the most predominant grape varieties that can be found on the property. The property has been owned by many different people over the years and it is comprised of several buildings, or smaller chateaux. Then, in 1868, the famous Rothschild family bought the estate for over $4 million. Visitors can expect to enjoy a crisp glass of wine as they tour the grounds and cellars.
Olivier Leflaive, Burgundy
There’s no way you can not visit Olivier Leflaive when visiting France. This vineyard is located in Burgundy, which is one of the world’s best regions for a nice glass of Pinot Noir. You can find these grapes and local wine at the beautiful Olivier Leflaive vineyard and embark on a tour of the grounds as you’re educated all about the winemaking process. The only thing about this tour is wine tasting is not offered, however, there are plenty of opportunities for you to grab a class while you’re out on the town. At Olivier Leflaive, you have the chance to stay in the mansion while there. Visitors can awake each day amongst the green vines and smell the scent of wines. How’s that for a wine lover’s dream?
As a wine enthusiast, the only thing that I love more than a chilled glass of Merlot is touring where the grapes are grown and watching how the wine is made. That is why I truly enjoy visiting vineyards all over the world. Wine is and will always be my drink of choice. I drink wine at social gatherings and to unwind, as it puts me in a state of euphoria. I drink wine while watching Netflix comedies and chilling, as well as when I’m playing rummy or slot games on my mobile phone at home. It helps to calm my nerves and allows me to really focus on what I’m doing. There are also many health benefits to drinking wine. Wine is great by itself or paired with a delicious dish. All of these reasons and more is why I am fascinated with wine and can’t resist visiting beautiful wineries and vineyards. If you’re ever in France, you definitely want to check out some of these.