The best vineyards for wine lovers

The best vineyards for wine lovers

Burgundy is one of the most famous wine regions in the world, but where else can you find great French wines?

From the sparkling celebration wine of the Champagne region, to the mellow deep tastes of a Bordeaux red, the heavenly wine of France has quite the reputation. Join us on a journey through some of France's best vineyards.

La Tourraque

2444 Chemin de la Bastide Blanche, 83350 Ramatuelle
10 hours from Calais

Two hours from one of France's most famous wine regions, Provence, you can find La Tourraque. This vineyard welcomes guests (without need for an appointment) for free wine tastings. You can sample either white, rosé or red wine that is harvested, stored and bottled here. The harvest begins in the morning and part of the process is still carried out by hand to this day. If you arrive with a large group, you can also enjoy a leisurely lunch here. What could be a better way to round off your wine tasting experience?

La Source des Fees

Route du May, 71960 Fuissé, Burgundy
6 hours from Calais

Their wine is harvested by hand, which gives that desired, all natural taste.
Their wine is harvested by hand, which gives that desired, all natural taste. © lasourcedesfees.fr

Harvesting is also carried out by hand here, which really makes every bottle just that extra bit special. If you're doing a tour of vineyards around France, this is truly a wonderful place to stay. A rustic villa, acres of vineyards and golden sun. What's more to want?

Chateau Marsannay

2 Rue des Vignes, 21160 Marsannay-la-Côte
5 hours from Calais

Those visiting Burgundy simply must try the famous red wines that put this region on the map
Those visiting Burgundy simply must try the famous red wines that put this region on the map © chateau-marsannay.com

Red wine fans can rejoice knowing that you will be at your happiest when visiting Chateau Marsannay. For those who aren't necessarily prone to a glass of red, the vineyard also produces a white and rosé wine, so all is not lost. Located in the Burgundy wine region, it's not surprising that they specialise in red wine, harvesting the famous Burgundy grapes that grow in their luscious vineyards. With over twenty different types of red wine alone, even those who previously weren't red fans will definitely be converted.

Blanck

32, Grand'Rue, 68240 Kientzheim
6 hours from Calais

All white wine fans will love Blanck, and their range of award winning wines
All white wine fans will love Blanck, and their range of award winning wines © blanck.com

Harvested by hand and free of fertiliser, the grapes that make-up the delectable wines of the Blanck vineyards are perfectly pure, producing a heavenly bottle of wine. Blanck is made up of 85 acres of vineyard, every year they ship 220,000 bottles worldwide. Most of the wine they make here is white, with the exception of one red bottle. Their Pinot Blanc was awarded a near perfect score by Wine Enthusiast magazine, and their Gewurztraminer won silver at the Decanter Awards, 2017. Only the best wine is served at Blanck!

Tips for tasting wine

If you are going on a wine tasting adventure, then you should train your palette so you can experience the depth of the wine fully. There are three, quite simple, steps used by sommeliers that you should adopt:

Look at the wine under the light, and note the colour.

Breathe deeply in through your nose, and try to differentiate the different aromas from the wine.

When you taste the wine, note if it's sour, bitter or sweet, and try to make sense of the different flavours within it.

 

What's one of the best things about driving from England to France? You can bring back as much wine as you like in the boot of your car! And when you book your tickets with us early, you will get the best price.

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