wine tours

Joining an organised wine tours is one of the surest ways of learning about the whole gamut of wine-producing intrigue and folk-lore, and to enjoy a wide range of wines without the worry of who is going to drive back to your hotel.

There are numerous 'Wine and Champagne Trails' described by local and regional tourism partners that allow you to follow a trail at your own speed and inclination. But you may gain much more by joining a short tour, either as an integral part of your visit to France, or as your sole reason for going in the first place. They do produce some eminently quaffable wines in France, you know!

The number of tour organisers seems to increase each year. Here is a selection, far from comprehensive:


Taste wine at the great chateaux, try to understand 'terroir', immerse yourself in the viniculture of this amazing wine-producing country.

WINNER: Best Destination Specialist Tour Operator – 2012 ATOUT France Travel Awards.

Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours

Chateau Hout Brion © Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours Ltd


© Per Karlsson, BKWine Photography

BKWine is entirely dedicated to organising top-quality wine and food tours to the world’s most beautiful wine regions.

www.bkwinetours.com


Imagine gazing over 1000 barrels of a renowned First Growth wine... tasting by candlelight in vaulted 12th century cellars. Join French Wine Explorers to discover more.

http://wine-tours-france.com



© Per Karlsson, BKWine Photography


Grape Escapes is a specialist wine tour operator, offering a broad range of wine-tasting tours and trips to the vineyards in the main French wine regions: Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône and the Loire.

www.grapeescapes.net


Loire Wine Tours offers a selection of short break wine tours and wine tastings in the Loire valley vineyards in France for individuals, couples and for groups of up to 8 from a beautiful manor house amid the Anjou and Saumur vineyards.

www.loirewinetours.com


WINE SCHOLAR GUILD

www.winescholarguild.org

Since 2013, the Wine Scholar Guild organises wine study trips to France.




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The Vignobles & Découvertes label
“Vignobles & Découvertes”, is the national wine tourism label in France, managing French oenotourism since 2009. The label currently covers 36 territories in France, and is attributed to each territory, and lasts 3 years.

Partners displaying the “Vignobles & Découvertes” label have to meet certain requirements:

  • a high quality of reception in French or in a foreign language,
  • special wine knowledge and a desire to share, tradition as well as an openness to natural, cultural and human heritage.

The label makes it easier to find accommodation in vineyard regions, as well as restaurants that offer set menus suggesting wine pairings, or menus featuring local produce and even wine producers offering tours.