know about the wine regions of France : Get ready for a wine adventure through the wine regions of France, from Champagne to Provence, and its local specialties
Wine, a drink with sweet and delicate flavor that is uplifting and enhances any meal. White, pink, red … France is one of the countries with the best wines and champagne. Many of the French wines are classified according to the region where the grape is grown under the designation of origin AOC ( Appellation d'origine controlee or Controlled Denomination of Origin ). The type of name given reflects the unique qualities of the soil and climate where the grapes are grown. Getting to know the more than 300 French wines with AOC is no easy task, but a good reason to visit France and try to test as many of them.
Travel includes the wine regions of the Gallic country, from the huge hills of the Rhone valley to the vineyards of Alsace near the German border, passing close to Bordeaux near the Atlantic. Pour yourself a glass of inspiration with this guide to the wine regions of France.
Bordeaux: The Bordeaux wine region is literally au bord de l'eau , by the sea. The Garonne river flows on one side and the Dordogne on the other, and both converge in the Gironde estuary that flows into the Atlantic. Its sandy soil provides unique characteristics to the grapes, which has inspired the use of grapes in treatments of wine therapy in the area, as they are rich in minerals and antioxidants. Saint Emilion is a treat for both the eye and to the palate. In this Unesco World Heritage municipality, you can visit a monolithic church and ancient ruins, as well as taste good red wine. A visit to the port city of Bordeaux is the perfect gastronomic stop. Try the entrecote mode Bordeaux and ribs with red wine sauce. Continue the journey through the estuary, dotted with curious fishing nets ( carrelets ) to reach Médoc.
Médoc: Médoc AOC is the name that comes to mind when we think of prestigious French wines. There is a list of Grand Crus (classification of regional wines) dating from 1855 and help you find the best vineyards, like Château Mouton Rothschild in Pauillac. Following an annual tradition since 1945, the owners invite famous artists to design the labeling of bottles, so every year the bottles are different. The list of guest artists includes Dali, Picasso and Jeff Koons! If you like running, you can join the Médoc Marathon , held in September. It's a costume race where there are also 22 stalls with wine and snack items (oysters, meat, cheese).
Burgundy: The wine region of Burgundy has an excellent reputation and produces the most expensive French red wines. The average price of a bottle of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wine is around $13363! Professionals and wine connoisseurs from all over the world come every November to Beaune auction where high quality wines of the Beaune vineyards are sold. The activities organized during the event are a great opportunity to try local products and wines.
Burgundy visit requires a stop in Dijon, famous for its mustard city and its aperitif drink made with blackcurrant liquor and wine. Dijon is also the city of a hundred bell towers; stop by the church of Notre-Dame and on the side of the temple, you can touch the sculpture of an owl. They say touch with your left hand while walking from left to right brings good luck.
Between Burgundy and the Swiss Alps, France's smallest wine region hides. Far from being exploited by tourism, Jura region retains a rural charm that makes it the ideal place to go to have a talk one on one with almost 200 winegrowers. The best kept secret of Jura is the vin jaune ('yellow wine'), a prestigious wine made of 100% of savagnin grapes and matured for at least six years after being made.
After the vin jaune, you must try the Château-Chalon AOC, scented nuts, spices and even ginger. It is convenient to let it rest a day before drinking it. The medieval town of the same name also hides Le P'tit Castel, a traditional restaurant where you can accompany the wines of Jura with copious amounts of Poulet de Bresse AOC (Bresse chicken of high quality) with morel mushroom sauce.
The city of Reims is located in the heart of Champagne. Climb the tower of the cathedral, dating from the twelfth century and whose windows were designed by Marc Chagall, to enjoy spectacular views of the city and surrounding areas. Bubbles most traditional of Reims are located in the cellars of Ruinart , a house of 1729. The endless cellars of Pommery , home to 20 million bottles of champagne, is a mandatory stop when temporary exhibitions in which several contemporary artists give life and color to its stone walls. Only 25 minutes-drive from Epernay. Stroll along the Avenue du Champagne and do not miss your giant rotunda shaped bottle of stopper champagne. In this road, you will see the prestigious wineries Moët et Chandon and Dom Perignon, named after a pioneer monk in the production of sparkling wines.
Rhone wine region stretches about 200 kilometers from the south of Lyon to du Luberon in Provence. They say that Lyon has three rivers: the Rhone, the Saone and the Beaujolais. The launch of the young wine Beaujolais (although it has its own name), stars the celebrations taking place in November, when most restaurants serve wine known as Beaujolais Nouveau. The wines of even higher quality, such as Chateauneuf du Pape AOC, are the pride of the Rhone. Tavel AIC is one of the best pink French Wines and comes from the depths of the Rhone valley, the white ground and red stones can develop a dry rose wine known as "the wine of kings". And you should also visit Avignon , just 20 minutes by car; it receives many visitors in July during the D'Avignon Festival, so take the opportunity to escape the masses and make a tour of the rivers.
Southwest France is a land of rich, dark red wines. So dark that some of the denomination Cahors (malbec grape type) are called "purple wine" or "black wines". The origins of the oldest wines of France are in a town called Sarragachies, which is called historical monument of French wines for having wines dated back to 150 or 200 years!
Loire Valley: The reds seem to have the monopoly of French wines, but the Loire Valley have is the best when it comes to the whites. Here is the increased production of white wines of France, so try the dry, but refreshing, Muscadet AOC or Pouilly Fumé AOC. Accompany with some local delicacies such as 'the three Rs': rillauds, rillettes and rillons (charcuterie, usually pork) or goat cheese Crottin de Chavignol, which nicely complements salty flavor than white wines. You can also try something new and ask for a glass of "gray wine" as the Touraine Noble Joué AOC, whose mix of white and red grapes give fruity aromas of cherry and strawberry. In the region of the Loire, castles abound along rivers and are world heritage by Unesco. If you stop by the Cheverny castle , a fortress of the seventeenth century that preserves the tradition of hunting with dogs and allows visitors to watch the dogs eat at 11:30 every day. It certainly whets the appetite.
Alsace: Alsace is a region dotted with small villages with wooden houses and vineyards. It is the perfect place to try wines with history. The German border is a stone's throw from Strasbourg, so a morning visit to the French city would be combined with an afternoon tour to Freiburg. But do not go too far; Alsace wine will be enough to keep you busy for quite some times. Look for a table in the winstub Local (small bar or restaurant) Le Clou and ask for a glass of any of the dry or fruity wines that have given so much fame to the region. A glass of Riesling and Sylvaner is the perfect accompaniment to a white or sauerkraut asparagus. Gewürstraminer is a fruity wine that goes well with cheeses and desserts. Make a visit to the cellars under the hospital in Strasbourg to see which wine considered the oldest and best preserved in the world. Since 1395, part of the profits generated by storing wines from throughout the region here, are used to cover medical expenses. Reserve a place at a free tour and travel the dark wine cellars that house the fifteenth century of exceptional quality.
Languedoc: Languedoc is the largest wine region in France and covers a wide area in south of the country that ends at the foot of the Pyrenees and borders the Mediterranean coast. It has varied terrain ranging from sandy beaches to mountains of the interior, so the production of wines is also varied and ranges from intense red to light pink and white. The most important is the name of Languedoc Corbieres. Wonder the Languedoc is known for its sparkling wine Blanquette de Limoux AOC or the Blanquette Ancestrale AOC, discovered in the 1530s, when monks realized that the bottled wine can be fermented a second time, long before this method came to the Champagne region. This happened in the abbey of Saint Hilaire , where oenological cultural visits and wine tastings are organized.
Provence: Provence is synonymous with summer and sun. Put these two elements into a bottle and have a good pink wine as Côtes de Provence or Coteaux d'Aix. These wines seem to reflect the colors of the lavender fields of the region and very fine olives, peppers or shellfish in the area. Take a ferry to Toulon to the island of Porquerolles. Strolling from the port across the city and within minutes you will be with your feet in the water enjoying fruity wines and all Pink Domaine de l'Ile.
Charente: Forget the wine for a second and sipping a fine cognac served in the traditional way in curved glass. The cognac is made are only grapes from the Cognac region (hence its name) is distilling in copper stills and aged for at least two years. On your journey you should not miss a visit to the main factory Hennessy one of the largest producers of cognac in the world. If you cognac is very strong proof Pineau de Charente, a sweet drink made thick with a mixture of brandy and unfermented grape juice. You choose. You can visit small factories in almost every corner of the picturesque valley of Charente. Make a stop in Aubeterre-sur-Dronne , considered one of the most beautiful villages of France for its underground church. Also do not forget to Angouleme. Go in January to attend the International Comic Strip Festival or just to walk around the city and admire the huge paintings and colorful murals that decorate its streets.
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