France is a beautiful country. But it is particularly famous for its wine and cheese, the fact that the two go nicely together is simply a bonus!
Surprisingly they have been slow to capitalize on the tourist side of the wine industry. Fortunately, this is something that has slowly changed over the last ten years.
Estimates for 2016 show in excess of 10 million visitors to France on wine-related tourism trips; hence the abundance of hotels attached to vineyards and wine tasting sessions!
Here are the top destinations for wine tourism:
Cité du Vin
You’ll find this in Bordeaux and it could be said to be the best wine museum in France. You can stroll through 6 floors of history portrayed in unique and entertaining ways to ensure your interest is high at all times. This is true even if you don’t have a love of wine!
You can even see a banqueting hall played out by holograms as well as the customary wine tasting, along with a restaurant to enjoy the local culinary delights; and a glass or two of wine.
Château de Pierreclos
There are plenty of chateaus in Burgundy but this one stands out. Enjoy a quiet ambience as you sample fine food, finer wine and feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
Hameau du Vin
Here you’ll meet Georges Duboeuf, renowned creator of Beaujolais wines. A history of over 2,000 years is presented, but through the art of video, 3D cinema and a little theatrical display; making it interesting for all ages.
This is a treat for all the family as there is genuinely something for everyone!
Jean Becker, Zellenberg
Enjoy a view of the Vosges mountains and the plains of the Rhine as you visit this idyllic destination which has almost been lost in time.
Enjoy a good selection of local dishes with an even better selection of local wines; the tasting sessions are not to be missed.
This is not a cheap option but it is an essential one for anyone who loves champagne. Discover everything you ever wanted to know about champagne while sampling every type possible!
Château Les Farcies du Pech
Located in the Dordogne you’re almost guaranteed some sunshine as well as some fine Bergerac wines. Enjoy wine tasting and a comfortable bed along with an extremely warm welcome!
Château de Berne
In Provence, you’ll find a 5-star hotel, pool, spa and a first class restaurant. Of course, you’ll also need to taste the good selection of wines available here.
You can also enjoy the local forest, tennis courts, cookery classes and even a gym!
Whichever venue you choose, you know that you’ll be experiencing one of the top destinations for wine tourism in France.