Exploring the wine regions of France is a great way to discover parts of this gorgeous country that you normally wouldn’t see otherwise. Here’s your guide to the top wine regions of France.
With bucolic wine regions, stellar beaches and exciting cities, France may not seem like a top destination for outdoorsy types. But if you’re into nature, then the national parks in France are worth a look. Here are our favorites.
“In Burgundy, people speak one of two languages: Pinot noir or Chardonnay,” our guide Stevie said as the six of us settled into a plush van. “I’m going to teach you to speak their languages today,” he promised with a grin, as our small group pulled out of downtown Dijon and onto the main road — the Route des Grands Crus — heading south into one of France’s most famous wine areas. Traditional buildings with yellow-and-brown glazed terracotta tiles gave way to gnarly green vines, heavy with ripe grapes, draped over load-bearing wires.
Being a wine lover, I had tasted many Burgundy wines before, so I was eager to see the region for myself and soak up some of its history. When I found the Small-Group Full Day Tour in Burgundy, departing from Dijon, it sounded perfect.
It’s reasonable to assume that the vast majority of visitors to France have never heard of Arras. And that’s a shame, because this beautiful town in the very north of the country has a lot to offer. Let’s take a look at this true hidden gem.
Menton is the southeastern-most point in Metropolitan France, located on the Mediterranean on the border of Italy. It’s a gorgeous, hilly fishing town, with boats in the port and cheerfully-colored facades welcoming visitors. It’s also a great base for the French Riviera – and beyond; day trips from Menton are easy, fun, and make for wonderful memories.
Marseille, Nice and Cannes may be the most popular French Riviera destinations, but Antibes is one of those seaside towns that seduces visitors with its sincerity, history, natural beauty and locals-only vibe. If you’re interested in visiting this gem of the Riviera, here’s how to get to Antibes!