Where fulfill its wine cellar?
Nope, these names are not as designations on bottles! They are linked to major French regions that also have other things to offer. Followers of Bacchus, go to the source of your favorite nectar.
1. Beaujolais (Saône-et-Loire, Rhône)
Between Lyon and Macon, the steep slopes of the Beaujolais does not only produce the famous drink celebrated on the third Thursday of November. Crus share this terroir, whose high places usually evoke fond memories of tasting , like the villages of Chiroubles and Julienas the coast of Py in Villié-Morgon, the chapel of Our Lady of Fleurie, the windmill overlooking the vineyard … further south, the land of the golden stones concentrated villages of character as Oingt, ranked among the most beautiful villages in France .
Each year, nearly 40,000 grape pickers came to lend a hand to the tenants to collect grapes.
2. Wine Routes of Jurancon and Madiran (Pyrénées-Atlantiques)
What better than to walk in the heart of Béarn vineyards while enjoying, according to the castles, enclosed areas, wines whose reputation is more to do? To the west of Pau, the wine route of Jurançon rises on steep hillsides, covered with very tall vines deploying facing the Pyrenees. You will taste amber white, dry or sweet. For fans of well-structured red, the vineyards of Madiran , northeast of Pau, is ideal, far from major roads, between Béarn, Bigorre and Gascony.
3. Routes Cognac (Charente, Charente-Maritime)
Necessary step, the House of Martell Cognac , Cognac. It is the oldest of the square, founded in 1715 by the Jersey Islanders Jean Martell. You will see the stills and oak casks used for the development and aging of this fine eau-de-vie . Next, you make a soft mixture between the four roads labeled on 50 km of Cognac. From Angoulême to Saintes and Matha Segonzac is the opportunity to visit wineries and distilleries , meet the producers of cognac and Pineau des Charentes, a fortified wine, and admire the Romanesque heritage of the Saintonge.
4. Pays Sancerre (Cher)
Crossed by the Loire, Sancerre is a wonderful country for all lovers of wine and cheese . In this region of Berry lined with vineyards , there are all sorts of picturesque villages such as Chavignol, a small village located in a basin and which gave its name to the cheese, the famous » dung » goat milk. It naturally eaten with a white wine, the famous Sancerre . Hoisted on a hill at over 150 meters above the Loire, Sancerre offers a beautiful view of the region.
Take drive the road along the side channel of the Loire to discover a work rhythm of the locks.
5. Châteauneuf-du-Pape to Dentelles (Vaucluse)
Of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Dentelles, the wine culture is more than a lifestyle, a character. Oenological walks, visits to wineries and tasting amidst the vines are accompanied by passionate winemakers . Known worldwide, the wines of Châteauneuf , intense and fruity structure, benefit from privileged climatic and geological conditions: a sunny united to mistral and a floor made of silt, sand and pebbles. To the east, Vacqueyras and Gigondas extend the fun in an idyllic setting. Further south, Beaumes-de-Venise is also prized by connoisseurs for its vintage Muscat (sweet wine).
6. Route des vins d’Alsace
This road of 170 km, which borrows the Vosges foothills, passes through cozy villages surrounded by vineyards . But the view, so beautiful it is, is not as attractive as the beverage. In Alsace , winemakers have open cellar from Monday to Saturday and the tasting is free for individuals. Taste the Riesling , the king of Alsace wines, Pinot Noir (Alsace single red), Pinot Blanc, Muscat d’Alsace, Gewurztraminer, sparkling Cremant and especially some of the 51 great wines, wines with high character associated with defined territories.
The road is especially beautiful Rosheim Andlau and Ribeauvillé in Gueberschwihr.
7. Route du Champagne (Marne, Haute-Marne)
Nothing better to discover the manufacturing secret of the » plug-jumps » (old nickname champagne) than to taste it on the spot! The main marked trails allow you to cross the hillsides covered with vineyards and discover the wonderful landscapes of Champagne: the massif of Saint-Thierry, the Côte des Blancs, Montagne de Reims and the Marne Valley. The winemakers will explain the different stages of winemaking , from harvest to fermentation . Without forgetting the tasting !
You can stop at the Museum of Vine and Wine in Mesnil-sur-Oger. It is dedicated to work in the vineyard of old.
8. Route du Médoc (Gironde)
It is the sacred way wine Bordeaux . 60 km from the D2, via Pauillac, are dotted with wine chateaux and prestigious appellations: Margaux, Saint-Julien and Saint-Estèphe. Initially, do not hesitate to stop in the Winery , contemporary showcase of great vintages Medoc. Along a winding path successive mansions, English parks, and high tech cellars signed Bofill or Portzamparc. Mouton Rothschild remains fetish stage. More than€ 500the bottle, it is enough to taste with eyes. Before going to the chateau Cos d’Estournel , and between Chinese pagoda palace maharajah. A «madness» that had already caught the eye of Stendhal .
Alternatively discover, south of Pessac: the route of Graves and Sauternes jewel, Château d’Yquem.
9. Loire Valley Wine Route
From Sancerre to the Atlantic , along the majestic Loire or its tributaries, it is only a mosaic of soils and microclimates conducive to the development of an extraordinary range of wines. Third French wine region, the Loire Valley has 69 appellations, including Sancerre and smoked Pouilly in the center, the Chinon and Bourgueil in Touraine, the red Saumur and sparkling wines in Saumur, sublime sweet white, quarters -of-thatch and Bonnezeaux in the Layon, dry white and bright, Muscadet and gros-plant , in the Nantes region. It is the longest road of the vineyards of France (800 km), dotted with castles, churches, gardens and cave sites.
A thread on the Internet: website www.vinsdeloire.fr
10. Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits (Côte-d’Or)
Although it represents only 3% of French wine production, Burgundy is famous for its unique wine varieties. Pinot Noir for red, Chardonnay for the whites: everything is in the terroir and winemaking. The famous vineyards of the Côte de Beaune are rather white — Puligny-Montrachet , Meursault — while the coast Nights (Nuits-Saint-Georges) has the most famous red (Romanée-Conti, Clos-Vougeot, Chambertin). In Beaune, center of world wine , visit Bouchard wineries father and son, Patriarch , Pédauque Queen .
The Imaginarium in Nuits (exit A31), lets you know the wine and at an affordable price (www.imaginarium-bourgogne.com).