8 Great Destinations For A French Wine Tour! - Updated 2024

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France is currently the world’s number one producer of wine by volume and with some of the best vineyards in the world, the country is a famous destination for wine lovers. Nonetheless, planning a wine tour in France can almost feel like a part-time job as there’s so much to see.

Which regions? Which wine? Which chateaux and vineyards? How to get there? When to go? A bit of a headache! That’s why we’ll sort all the best tours with these 8 top wine tours including wine tasting! After this, you won’t have any excuses for your next trip to France.

1. Bordeaux (from USD 113.12)

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With Burgundy and Champagne, the Bordeaux region in Aquitaine is one of the most famous French wine-producing regions. The Bordeaux vineyard has immediate access to the Atlantic Ocean that has been such an advantage for France to become one the main wine exporter country of the world. Departing from the beautiful city of Bordeaux, this half-day wine tour will guide your small group across the beautiful Medoc wine-growing region of France including the four famous communes of St-Estephe, Pauillac, St. Julien, and Margaux (nearby the famous and beautiful castles of Chateau Margaux and Chateau Palmer. Visiting two wine estates of Classified Growth and Cru Bourgeois, you’ll learn their rich history and the winemaking process to finally taste their incredible wines.

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Medoc Half-Day Bordeaux Wine Tour

Duration: 4.0 hour

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2. Paris (from USD 38.78)

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Paris, as the cultural capital of France (and Europe), has an incredible history and a rich culture that has influenced the wider world. With this tour, visitors will taste some of the finest wines and discover the secrets of French wine (explanation of the various steps of the winemaking process) through a sensorial and highly interactive experience in a beautiful wine cellar in the heart of Paris. As you’ll be accompanied by the sommelier all the tour duration, learning and discovering here will be easy and fun and this is an affordable way to spend half of your day enjoying the richness of the region’s wines.

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Paris: Wine Museum Guided Tour with Wine Tasting

Duration: 1.0 hour

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3. Burgundy (from USD 230.0)

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The vineyards of the Burgundy region cover a narrow strip of land from the Burgundian Capital, Dijon and finding its lively heart in the historic city of Beaune, where the autumn wine sale is one of the most famous in France through the year. the wine year. And what more enjoyable than cycling around the lovely Burgundy wine region on this memorable full-day wine tasting tour? Riding across through the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune, stopping to snap photos of picturesque villages and majestic châteaux, you’ll learn about the fine art of wine production (the plants, the soils and why Burgundy wine is the best!) by visiting wineries, local wine cellars, and you’ll, of course, taste a vast range of regional wines (at least 4 wines from the domain). From wine tasting to visiting a charming XIII century medieval castle, you’ll be passing by the breathtaking routes through the hills of the Cote de Beaune, vineyards, villages and fields led by your experimented guide.

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Burgundy Bike Tour with Wine Tasting from Beaune

Duration: 7 hours

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4. Champagne (from USD 280.11)

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Unlike most of the best French wines, champagnes are blended in order to produce either non-vintage or vintage champagne. This is making the Champagne region, centered on the towns of Reims (Rheims) and Epernay, one the most interesting of France’s major vineyards. During your day-trip small group tour of the Champagne region, you’ll discover for example the Champagnes of Taittinger, an unsurpassed example of a Champagne style in which Chardonnay plays such a significant role. You’ll also travel through the Marne Valley vineyards to meet the legendary monk Dom Pérignon, the “Capital of Champagne” at Épernay, where you’ll appreciate a guided tour and get a tasting at the world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon.

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From Reims: Champagne Day Trip to Two Local Domains & Lunch

Duration: 8.0 hour

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5. Rhone (from USD 177.0)

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The Côtes du Rhône vineyard runs for over 200 kilometers (124 miles) down the Rhone valley from the south of Lyons to the Camargue and features a vast number of prestigious smaller areas such as Côte Rotie, Hermitage or Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas. With this guided wine-tasting tour from Avignon, you’ll discover the bounty and beauty of Rhône Valley with a small group of fellow wine lovers. This full day will be spent visiting three esteemed wine estates near Mont Ventoux, Tavel, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, passing by the beautiful town of Beaumes-de-Venise. You’ll enjoy meeting local vintners, ‘blind tasting’ wines and olive oils while marveling at the stunning Provençal countryside and learning about the region’s renown, the cellars, fermenting rooms and bottling rooms, etc … led by your friendly guide all over this mesmerizing tour.

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Avignon to Rhone Valley Guided Wine Tasting Tour and Transport

Duration: 9 hours

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6. Provence (from USD 764.92)

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The southern end of the Côtes du Rhône appellation area is actually in Provence which is a large wine-producing area, best-known for its rosé wines (Côtes de Provence or Côteaux d'Aix). With this half- or full-day wine tasting tour, you’ll taste the famous Côtes de Provence wines traveling through this sunny region of France. From Cannes, your guide will drive you from Draguignan to Les Arcs sur Argens, where you’ll stop both at the Château Saint-Martin, Château Font du Broc and Château Sainte-Roselyne to enjoy their exceptional wine cellars during the planned “tasting sessions.” Through the day, you’ll learn about the Provencal production within a cool and fun atmosphere.

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French Riviera: Provencal Wine Tours

Duration: 8.0 hour

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7. Loire (from USD 1012.72)

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The large Loire Valley area (known for its vast range of beautiful castles) has an excellent wine production featuring wines such as the"Anjou Rosé", “Muscadet” and “Gros Plant” etc … This tours from Amboise will lead you across the Loire Valley where you’ll discover some of its famous châteaux such as the Château de Blois, the Château de Cheverny, and the Château de Chambord. Along the day, will taste remarkable wines and learn about the great history of the area (marked by the French Renaissance and Medieval periods).

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Tours/Amboise: Private day trip Chambord, Blois & Cheverny

Duration: 9.0 hour

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8. Languedoc (from 136.30 USD)

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The Languedoc region, covering the Mediterranean coastal plain west of the Rhone, produces a lot of red wine and is the largest French wine producing area in terms of volume. On this leisurely full-day tour from Montpellier, you’ll explore the beautiful Languedoc wine region across three different wineries. At Saint-Guilhem-le-désert, you’ll visit two local wineries and cellars, and learn of the many grape varietals thriving in the Languedoc’s fertile soils and how to taste wine like the professionals during a delicious three-course lunch in this wonderful picturesque village overlooking the Herault gorges.

Small-group Languedoc wine tour with Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert visit and lunch from Montpellier

Price: from 136.30 USD

Duration: 7 hours 18 minutes (approx.)

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Discover the great regions of France!

Through these eight wine tours, you’ll discover the most beautiful French regions and discover the great wine history of the country for a mesmerizing and tasty journey you won’t forget!

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Felix Brassier is a French digital filmmaker / visual storyteller for the web and digital nomad traveling all over the place. Crazy about videography, photography, he's also writing for the web and...Read more

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