By car, horse and carriage, motorbike and even on small trains, head out to meet wine-makers along the many Wine Routes which zigzag through France’s vines.
In a 2 CV in Beaujolais...
In the heart of “Golden Stone” Beaujolais (an offi cial Vineyards & Discovery destination), Alexandre Chavanne guides you through the region’s wine routes in the legendary 2CV – symbol of freedom and adventure. At the end of the journey he invites you to taste the Côteaux d’Or estate’s wines, in Pouilly-le-Monial.
Tel. : +33 (0)4 74 09 06 93
... and in Burgundy
The Auxerre Tourist Offi ce organises unusual vineyard adventures, along the Yonne’s roads, to discover the Chablis vines (offi cial Vineyards & Discovery destination) aboard the infamous soft-top 2CV. Let yourself go under the guidance of your driver and enjoy the vineyards without risk or fatigue!
Tel. : +33 (0)3 86 52 06 19
In a carriage at the foot of Mount Ventoux
Mount Ventoux’s growers have come up with an original excursion to explore their land and its produce. In the company of a guide, travel at the wheel of a carriage and, depending on your choice of trip, taste a selection of wines, have an aperitif, or picnic amongst the vines.
Tel. : +33 (0)4 90 63 36 50
At the wheel of a vintage car in Médoc
Head through Margaux, Moulis, Listrac, Saint-Julien and Saint Estèphe - along the Médoc Châteaux Route - at the wheel of a Ford Mustang, a Jaguar, or why not a Corvette C3 Stingray. With your road-book in hand, given to you on your departure by Gentleman Classic Car, all that is left is to follow it from wineinitiations to finding out your oenological sign, and making your personal cellar book.
Gentleman Classi Car
Tel. : + 33 (0)6 03 85 71 95
On the Balagne Route in Corsica
Representing all the landscape characteristics of the coast and the hinterland, the Balagne is a mini-Corsica within Corsica. The Balagne Wine Route leads you along the fi ne white sand beaches of the coast - between Calvi and Ile-Rousse - and to the small villages perched in the hinterland. The vines breathe in the sea air and the perfumes of the scrubland, giving birth to wines available directly during a stop-off in a vineyard, or on the terrace of a local café.
Tel. : +33 (0)4 95 65 92 95
The Fronton Wine Route in the South-West
25 Domaines and Châteaux have signed up to a scheme to welcome visitors to explore their estates. This wine tourism trail was set up in 2008: a detailed map is available from tourist offices and Wine Houses. This initiative has been designed to help the public discover Fronton’s vineyards and heritage.
Tel. : +33 (0)5 61 82 46 33
Explore the Jura on a bike-hike
The Jura County Tourist Board has come up with a package specifi cally designed for bikers, with a selection of the Jura’s most beautiful roads, which comes with a road-book and a detailed Michelin map! Everyday, the pleasure of discovering the vineyards by motorbike is combined with delicious cuisine, without forgetting the comfort and warm welcome which await you at every stop at one of the Logis de France establishments along the way.
The Vine Train in Anjou
Setting off from the tasting cellar at Chalonne-sur-Loire, the “Little Train” joins the Anjou Tourist Wine Route, travelling through picturesque villages and beautiful vistas over the Loire and Layon Valleys. With a commentary, and plenty of anecdotes from the driver, the trip ends with a wine tasting.
In the Reims Mountain Vineyards
The guided tour by “Little Train” runs from Chaméry’s Wine Cellar. Along the route through the vineyards, fi nd out about the work of the producers and their know-how, the village of Chaméry, and enjoy the incredible views of the hillsides of the Montagne de Reims vineyards. The journey continues on foot to explore the champagne cellars, and ends with a tasting session.
Tel. : +33 (0)3 26 97 66 00
By Bike in Alsace
Bicyclette Go runs full and half-day tours around the Alsatian vineyards, through the typical villages of this traditional region. These outings are invigorating and cultural, picturesque and gastronomic, and open to everyone – whether sporty or not. Bicyclette Go takes care of everything: itinerary, bikes, guides and support vehicle, water and energy snacks, entertainment, lunch, tasting sessions...
Tel.: +33 (0)6 87 47 44 31