A wine tasting holiday in France is fun, interesting, informative and a great wine shopping opportunity. Many of the properties advertised on our website are farmhouses, chateaux, manoirs, watermills, cottages and giites whose owners offer wine tours and organised wine tasting sessions. With destinations all over France, you can find a holiday just ripe for the picking!
Fine wine is born out of the natural environment in which grapes are grown and the culture and traditions of its producers. France is a perfectly successful mix of both factors and the ultimate destination for wine tasting.
Stroll round a vineyard on a hot summer’s day, admiring juicy ripe grapes on the vine and verdant hillsides stretching before you. Venture into the shade for tasting straight from the barrel in cool medieval cellars. Gain insight into the art of wine tasting – the fragrant aromas, the subtlety of flavours, the rich colours. After a leisurely afternoon of wine tasting, you can be sure you won’t walk away empty handed. When you open a bottle at home, your comments will be expert and the holiday memories will all come flooding back!
Best known for the world-famous Chateaux of the Medoc, Bordeaux also produces great wines from the south and east - places like Graves and St Emilion. There are many good value wines from small growers to be found though, particularly in some of the outlying villages of the region. Lesser known areas like Graves to the south of the city, Cotes de Bourg opposite Medoc and Cote de Castillon next to Saint Emilion are good hunting grounds.
From the Alps in the north and east to the warm Mediterranean in the south, this is a region of sunkissed flowers, herbs and vines. No wonder it produces such excellent pale pink wines and rich, full reds.
From the Dordogne in the north to the Lot valley in the south and the western Pyrenees, the South West is home to a fascinating range of grape varieties and styles producing luscious dessert wines of red, white and rose.