Realistically, only Italy comes close to France when it comes to the best country for a wine tour. And when you throw Champagne tasting in the mix, there really is no other country you can visit for a truly authentic tour.
Whether it’s the rich heritage of the Bordeaux region, a cycle amongst the stunning chateaux of the Loire Valley, or a visit to the peeling grandeur of the Champagne houses in Taittinger, you’re sure to find incredible examples of one of the most famous French exports in the world.
In this article, we’ll outline 5 of our favourite wine and champagne tours in France, to inspire you for your next French holiday based around the finer things in life, as all trips to our neighbours across La Manche should be.
Nothing screams decadence like Champagne, so why not go all out on your next visit to France and visit the home of this luxurious drink on an exclusive, private day tour with lunch and, of course, plenty of Champagne tasting included?
This is the ultimate day in the Champagne region, as it takes in small, family-run wineries, beautiful private chateaux, idyllic villages surrounded by lush vineyards, the actual home of Dom Perignon, and iconic champagne houses along the world-renowned Avenue de Champagne.
Along the way, you’ll be treated to tastings of the most beautiful examples of the local produce, and given a local insight into the region most tourists wouldn’t receive as you meet local growers, producers and residents whose lives are immersed in the world of Champagne.
You’ll also be treated to a delicious lunch of authentic French cuisine, made with produce that’s all local to the area… and there may even be an opportunity here to try a few more bubbles. For those interested in French cuisine, history and culture, there really is no better way to spend the day than this memorable Champagne tour.
One for the real foodies now, on this hands-on holiday that’ll have you deep-diving into the fascinating world that is French food and wine. Get properly off the beaten track and far from any touristy hot spots, as you stay in the beautiful Gascony countryside in a traditional, wonderfully restored farmhouse – the perfect place to get a taste of authentic French life.
Over the five nights that you stay in Gascony, you’ll have five cooking lessons with a professional chef who will help you learn and master the secrets and techniques involved in classic French cuisine, as well as teach you to cook typical, local dishes.
Each meal and each day you’ll get an introduction to French wine, and begin to understand how to pair wines with food like a real sommelier. Visit the local market with your host to find fresh produce to cook with, so that you learn the importance of seasonality and locality in French cooking, and return home a master in skills and techniques that will wow any guest at the next dinner party you host.
Throw in visits to stunning chateaux, a trip to an Armagnac distillery (to give you a little break from the wine) and you have a full cultural immersion into what it’s like to live is this beautiful part of France.