Explore the beauties and local flavors of France's wine regions
It's no secret that wine is an integral part of French life and culture. With a diverse climate, the France it has become the ideal place to harvest an impressive variety of grapes, making French wine one of the most revered in the world.
To give you an idea, the country produces, on average, 4.6 billion liters of different types of wine, from the simplest to the most sophisticated. Therefore, there is no shortage of wine regions to explore in French territory.
Before starting to explore the wine regions of France, remember that a smaller, more humble producer can create a fantastic drink. Another, with a larger structure, can produce a wine with a more affordable price.
It doesn't matter if you just want to be dazzled by the charm of the wineries, many of them located in old castles, or you are looking for the perfect wine among the different labels: an oenological journey through France is always charming.
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bordeaux, at the southwest of France, is undoubtedly among the most important wine regions in the world. Therefore, it is a must stop for lovers of good wine. Today, there are more than 7000 palaces – or châteaus, as they are known – on the site that produce more than 900 million bottles per vintage. The region is responsible for some of the rarest labels in the world, made from many varieties of grapes, mainly merlot and cabernet.
The moderate and stabilized oceanic climate of bordeaux is responsible for the result: complex and elegant wines. The city and its surroundings, with bohemian airs, also offer many attractions to enjoy. Perfect walks, of course, to be paired with a good glass.
Have you ever wondered why French wine is so famous? Part of its success comes from the producers of the prestigious champagnes, made from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes. It is no wonder that the region of champagne, north of France, has its name associated with the drink.
Cold temperatures cause the grapes to ripen later, causing them to have a high degree of acidity. These characteristics together with the local limestone soil give rise to one of the best sparkling wines in the world. To give you an idea, the region currently produces around 300 million bottles a year.
Between beautiful hills and the famous lavender fields, the sun shines for 300 days a year in the beautiful provence, in the south of France. In addition to its obvious beauty, the region is famous for its wines, especially rosé, which represents practically 88% of production. Full-bodied, delicate and light in flavor, they are faithful representatives of all the charm of the Mediterranean climate. Discovering the wines and stories of the Provencal coast is a unique experience.
the wines of Bergerac, in the southwest of France, are very similar to those found in the neighboring region bordeaux, but with one advantage: the values compensate more. The grape varieties are quite similar in the production of dry reds, whites and rosés. There are famous labels and some producers allow, in addition to visiting the wineries, staying at the properties to closely monitor the production of the famous drinks.
The wine region of Burgundy, in the east center of France, not only does it have an excellent reputation for producing wines, it is also responsible for some of the most expensive labels in the country. The merit was won thanks to the secular work of monks who inhabited the region and who outlined their vineyards in a perfect and traditional way.
In Burgundy, only two types of grapes are used, Chardonay, for white wines, and Pinot Noir, for reds. And, a friendly tip: if you are Burgundy, be sure to stop in the city of Dijon and taste another very famous product there, the delicious mustard.
It is not just the wine that is successful for Alsace, region to the east of France and located along the borders of the Germany and gives Switzerland. You know those villages with charming houses and castles that look like they came out of a fairy tale? The place is full of them and even served as inspiration for some of the stories we love. But, returning to the wines, the ones that stand out are the whites – in fact, the best labels in the world are produced in the villages of the region.
the wines of Alsace tend to be fruitful and refreshing and only 10% of them are red. Whites and sparkling wines are made from Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sylvaner, Pinot Gris and Muscat grapes. There's nothing better than tasting one of them next to the picturesque local landscape.
Few regions in the world are as beautiful as the Loire Valley, about two hours from Paris. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it brings together castles, medieval, historic cities, flower gardens, large forests and lots of quality wine.
The labels produced in the region are mostly white, made from Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc grapes. It is the ideal place to combine a wine tasting with the romantic setting of beautiful castles in the background.
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