The incontrovertible beginning for any vines visit is the Maison des Vins, or Wine House. You will find all the information on what to see and do in the vineyards open to the public, as well as familiarise yourself with the local wines and appellations during a tasting session, and learn about the upcoming events and excursions. But other doorways open up to reveal the secrets of wine...
Les Maisons des Vins (Wine Houses)
Recollets Cloister, Maison des Vins in Bergerac
A must see when visiting the area, the Wine House is in the historical centre of Bergerac, in the heart of the magnificent Cloître des Récollets (Récollets Cloisters). On the banks of the River Dordogne, explore the 13 protected designation of origin areas as well as an exhibition on the history of wine-making entitled Le Vin est Voyage (Wine is travel). In the sensory room you will be able to get to know the aromas of the region’s wines and to take a first look at the “Wine Library”.
Tel. : +33 (0)5 53 63 57 57 – www.vins-bergerac.fr
Wine-tourism in a nutshell, in the South-West
In the heart of the city of Cahors, the Cahors Malbec Villa brings together the Grand Cahors Tourist Office and the International Cahors Wine Union (UIVC). As well as its “Tourist Information” area, with touch-screen monitors and videos, the Villa welcomes you to explore the region’s wines in the relaxed atmosphere of its bar and lounge.
Tel. : + 33 (0)5 65 53 20 65 – www.cahorsmalbec.com
Loire Wines: 4 houses, or nothing!
Tours, Saumurs, Angers and Nantes: the four Loire Wine Houses invite you into the Loire Valley’s main cities. Wine and cheese in Saumur, meet the producers in Tours, tasting initiation in Angers or an oenological meeting with the wine-lovers club in Nantes... the choice is yours! www.vinsdeloire.fr
The Mâcon Wine House in Burgundy
With the goal of promoting southern Burgundy’s wines, the Wine House offers tourists the opportunity to buy local appellation wines, guided tasting sessions and ideas for original gifts. In its restaurant you can sample local specialities served with the region’s wines.
Tel. : +33 (0)3 85 22 91 11 – www.maison-des-vins.com
New to the Loire Valley! Pouilly Fumé Tower
La Tour de Pouilly Fumé, in the historical surroundings of a 16th century tower, immerses visitors in an innovative discovery of the senses, highlighting the Pouilly wines and their makers know-how.
Tel. : +33 (0)3 86 24 04 70 – www.pouillysurloire.fr
Planète Bordeaux, doorway to the Bordeaux appellation
20 minutes from the city, in the centre of Bordeaux’s vineyards, and at the gateway of the Entre Deux-Mers area, this unique venue takes you on a journey through the Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur appellations. Thanks to a hands-on senses test, you can uncover the secrets behind the birth and life of wine. Planète Bordeaux is at the head of the wine-tourism network, and is THE place to go to start your voyage through the region’s vineyards and producers.
Tel. : +33 (0)5 57 97 19 36 – www.planete-bordeaux.fr
Wine Museum in Paris
In the exceptional surroundings of the cellars of the 15th century Passy Abbey, the Wine Museum offers friendly and cultural activities a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower. Thousands of objects relating to vines and wines, belonging to the French Council of Wine Waiters, pay homage to all those who have worked over the centuries to produce world-renowned wines. A restaurant, tasting lessons, conferences and wine-themed evenings are all on offer.
Tel. : +33 (0)1 45 25 63 26 – www.museeduvinparis.com
Discover Champagne at the Phare de Verzenay lighthouse
Well known for its advertising in the 20th century, the Phare de Verzenay lighthouse is a reference for all things vine. Once inside the museum space, dive into the incredible story of the lighthouse told by Robert Hossein. When your visit is done, climb the staircase to the top of the lighthouse where an exceptional view of the Reims Mountain vineyards awaits.
Tel. : +33 (0)3 26 07 87 87 – www.lepharedeverzenay.com
Unique experience in Cognac
For anyone wishing to get up close to the mysteries of the making of Martell cognac the company offers a unique experience: a visit where each stage of the process is played out, explained and commented upon. The adventure starts with a visit to the founder’s house which has been completely restored to its 18th century glory. Visitors are then invited to discover, step-by-step, the Martell cognac’s journey from vine to glass, with a look at the double distillation method specific to Martell, or even a cooperage workshop..
Tel. : +33 (0)5 45 36 33 33 – www.martell.com
The Regional Vine and Wine Museum in Savoy
In the heart of the Savoy region’s vineyards, in Montmeillan, a museum has found its home in a beautiful 17th century residence. Organised around a charming inner courtyard, it spreads out over 1,000m2 across different floors, the barn and cellars. Visitors follow the seasons and the changing work of a mountain wine-maker. The museum guides are official “Savoy Region Heritage Guides”.
Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 86 04 89 / +33 (0)6 88 73 90 04 – www.savoie-mont-blanc.com
Beaujolais: le Hameau Duboeuf, France’s first Oeno-Park
The Hameau Duboeuf is a pioneer in wine tourism: it is a vine and wine theme park. Spreading out over 30,000m2, and through the old buildings of the Romanèche-Thorins railway station, there are four areas to explore: the Wine Hamlet, the Wine Station, the Wine-making Centre with its daring architecture, and the Beaujolais Garden. A day trip to the Hameau Duboeuf will help visitors to better understand vines and wines, to connect with the producers and their history, and to discover the know-how of an ancient craft. It is also an opportunity to taste Beaujolais wines in the company of experienced sommeliers.
Tel. : +33 (0)3 85 35 22 22 – www.hameauduvin.com