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French wine regions, winery experiences & tours

France is undoubtedly one of the most important wine-producing countries in the world. It regularly produces more wine than any other country in terms of quantity and reputed quality.  

French winemakers are known around the world for their skill, grace, and dedication to the art of winemaking. It is ingrained in French culture at practically every level.  

The range of styles available, rather than the volume or prestige of French wine, is what makes it so appealing.  In the diversity of French wine, geology and topography play equal roles. The significant variation of soil types – and the landscapes that formed them – is reflected in the country's enormous number of independently designated wine regions and sub-regions.

In France's wine country, red grape varietals account for over 70% of vineyards, while white grape varieties account for 30%. The grape types used to make traditional wines in a region are determined by its terroir. Vignerons grow what was most suited to the local soils and climate, choosing from grape varietals' (sometimes restricted) choices accessible to them in the days before sophisticated vine management.

The appellation system of France was established in the early twentieth century and has since been copied by numerous other countries. It is a complicated legislation set that eventually determines each wine region's boundaries and establishes tight guidelines for winemaking. Its primary goals are to protect the appellations of French wines and to ensure the quality and origin of the products themselves.

The main wine areas of the French wine region map are Bordeaux, Burgundy, Languedoc, Champagne, the Loire Valley, Alsace, Rhône, Provence and Corsica. Each sub-region is defined by its own geographical qualities, which result in distinct characteristics in the wines produced there.

Use our itinerary planner to help plan, create, and book the ultimate wine tourism experience. You can choose to self-drive or pick a guided boutique wine tour with a local insider who's knowledge will enhance your regional experience. 

Tasting
Chateau La Croizille, Grand Cru
Saint-Emilion Bordeaux France
From 6
A wine tasting in Saint-Emilion Grand Cru,from our 2 wine properties: The Château Tour Baladoz, traditional of the appellation. Château La Croizille, with its state-of-the-art winery.
English
Group
The 3 terroir tour
Chateau Haut Breton Larigaudière
Margaux Bordeaux France
From 12
Enjoy a guided tour of Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière while learning the secrets of Bordeaux wine production. Taste three different types of wine. Meet your guide in front of the family castle, start your tour and learn about the history of local winemaking. Discover the characteristics of the terroir and visit its traditional vat room. End with a commented tasting featuring AOC Bordeaux Supérieur, AOC Margaux and AOC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. Stop by the estate store if you want to purchase a bottle with the help of your guide. Take advantage of the extra time to explore the castle grounds and take beautiful photos of your experience. 3 rue des Anciens Combattants, 33460 Soussans
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1 hr
English, Portuguese, French, Spanish
Group
Domain Visit and Wine Tasting
Chateau Pape Clément, Grand Cru Classé
Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux France
From 20
Discover the vineyard, the winery and the cellar, followed by a tasting of 3 wines including a glass of red Château Pape Clément.   Description Between secrets of stones and of great men, the majestic history of Château Pape Clément will be recounted. Discover Seven Centuries of History… At the foot of our vineyards, in our impressive wooden vat-house and in the tranquility of the barrel cellar, discover our unique know-how. In the tasting room, enjoy Château Pape Clément red as well as two other great wines by Bernard Magrez. An authentic experience. 3 red wine tastings among including Château Pape Clément.   Duration The Castle Visit and Wine Tasting lasts approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
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1.5 hrs
English
Group
Domain Visit and Wine Tasting
Chateau La Tour Carnet, Grand Cru Classé
Médoc Bordeaux France
From 15
Discover the vineyard, the winery and the cellar, followed by a tasting of 3 wines. Take a journey back in time by looking around inside our medieval castle and discover the secrets and techniques of the winemaking within the vat-house and barrel cellar. Your tour will end with a tasting of 3 wines including Château La Tour Carnet - Grand Cru Classé Médoc 1855. Classified as one of the oldest properties in the Médoc, the beautiful medieval tower jealously shelters the treasures of the troubadours and the soul of Michel de Montaigne and La Boétie. From the 12th century to the present day, via the 100 Years' War, this castle of character, with its shimmering moat and drawbridge, is linked to the history of France.
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1.5 hrs
English
Group
The Quartet
Chateau La Tour Carnet, Grand Cru Classé
Médoc Bordeaux France
From 99
A historical tour, with a discovery of the vineyard, the winery and the cellars. Private tour and exclusive tasting of Bernard Magrez's 4 Grands Crus Classés. This tour is dedicated to collectors, who are demanding and constantly in search of extraordinary, new sensations. The sommelier accompanies you on a private tour of Château la Tour Carnet, where you are sure to be impressed by his explanations of the estate’s history, traditions, and the art of winemaking. The secrets of producing great growths, focusing on techniques that respect the wine’s intrinsic qualities and its terroir, will fascinate those with a good grasp of oenology. A tasting of the four Bernard Magrez's Grand Cru Classé will take place after the visit: Château Fombrauge, Grand Cru Classé Saint-Emilion Château La Tour Carnet, Grand Cru Classé Médoc 1855 Château Pape Clément, Grand Cru Classé de Graves Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Premier Grand Cru Classé Sauternes 1855 This tour is dedicated to collectors, who are demanding and constantly in search of extraordinary, new sensations. The sommelier accompanies you on a private tour of Château la Tour Carnet, where you are sure to be impressed by his explanations of the estate’s history, traditions, and the art of winemaking. The secrets of producing great growths, focusing on techniques that respect the wine’s intrinsic qualities and its terroir, will fascinate those with a good grasp of oenology. A tasting of the four Bernard Magrez's Grand Cru Classé will take place after the visit: Château Fombrauge, Grand Cru Classé Saint-Emilion Château La Tour Carnet, Grand Cru Classé Médoc 1855 Château Pape Clément, Grand Cru Classé de Graves Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Premier Grand Cru Classé Sauternes 185
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2 hrs
English, French
Group
Domain Visit and Wine Tasting
Château Fombrauge, Grand Cru Classé
Saint-Emilion Bordeaux France
From 15
Discover the vineyard, the winery and the cellar, followed by a tasting of 3 wine. Come and discover Château Fombrauge, a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé. You will discover the history of this former Carthusian monastery and enter the interior to go back in time and glimpse the elegance and authenticity of a bygone era. A visit to the vineyard and vat room will allow you to discover the mysteries of the production techniques of the grands crus. Your visit will end with an explanatory tasting of 3 wines, including Château Fombrauge.
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1.5 hrs
English, French
Group
Visit and Tasting
Champagne Béatrix De Gimbres
Montagne de Reims Champagne France
From 15
Welcome to the Champagne Béatrix de Gimbres property with the discovery of the Champagne house and the Domaine.   A guided tour of our cellars, from vinification to disgorgement and tasting of three of our vintages.   Colouring for children Bookings are recommended
1 hr
English, French, Italian, Chinese
Group
Tasting and Walk in the Estate
Champagne Château De Boursault
Vallee de la Marne Champagne France
From 10
This service allows customers to walk in the property of the castle, without a guide, and to taste 3 cuvées of your choice among Brut Tradition, Rosé de Saignée, Prestige, Brut Nature, Blanc de Blancs Vintage and Blanc de Noirs.
45 mins
English, French
Group
Visit & Tasting
Chateau La Croizille, Grand Cru
Saint-Emilion Bordeaux France
From 14
The Château La Croizille, forward-looking with its modern cellar on the cutting edge of technology. The Château Tour Baladoz, with an authentic and traditional cellar of the region. Followed by the tasting of 3 of our wines, in the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation. Lieu-dit Baladoz 33330, Saint-Laurent des Combes (Saint-Emilion), France
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English
Group
The visit and tasting optional picnic basket
Chateau La Croizille, Grand Cru
Saint-Emilion Bordeaux France
From 40
A visit and tasting followed by a picnic basket and a glass of wine from the property. Come and discover the vineyard and spend the time of lunch, a moment with your partner or with friends, in peace and in the middle of the vineyards! Duration: (1 hour visit + 1 hour picnic)
English
Initiation to tasting with flavours game
Chateau Haut Breton Larigaudière
Margaux Bordeaux France
From 15
Discover where the different flavors of a wine come from (grape varieties, soils, climates, vinification method, choice of barrel) with the flavors game. Tasting of single varietal wines (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot ) and blended wines from the château. 3 rue des Anciens Combattants, 33460 Soussans
1 hr
Portuguese, French
Group
Visite et Dégustation
Maison Des Vins De Graves
Graves Bordeaux France
From 7
Vous aurez une visite explicative avec l'un(e) de nos guides cavistes professionnel(le)s sur l'ensemble de la fabrication du vin. De la vigne jusqu'à la bouteille. Vous repartirez avec plein de connaissances qui vous permettront de comprendre mieux le vin ! S'en suivra une dégustation de 4 vins sur la terrasse de notre bar à vins : 1 blanc sec (Graves ou Pessac-Léognan), 1 rouge fruité (Graves), 1 rouge complexe (Graves ou Pessac-Léognan) et un blanc doux (Graves Supérieures). Des changements sont possibles en fonction de vos goûts.Vous avez ensuite la possibilité d'acheter du vin si vous le souhaitez. Notre institution regroupe la majorité des vins de l'appellation et étant une vitrine pour et par les producteurs, revend ces derniers au prix de la propriété.
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1 hr
English, French, Spanish
Group
Saint Emilion Family Friendly Private Day Trip From Bordeaux
Vintrail
Saint-Emilion Bordeaux France
From 440
Enjoy a fun day full of adventure with the whole family. On this full day tour, enjoy riding a bicycle along the vineyards and landscapes listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Different biking trails are available and are suitable for all fitness levels !  
full day
English
Group
Cheese and Wine pairing at Chateau Pape Clement
Chateau Pape Clément, Grand Cru Classé
Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux France
From 69
Enjoy the visit of a Grand Cru Classé. Discover Seven Centuries of History, a unique terroir and the winemaking secrets of Château Pape Clément. The sommelier of Château Pape Clément guides you through the discovery and learning of 8 exceptional wines and cheeses. From light and fruity red wine to fatty white wine, find the best pairing and become a connoisseur host during your next family reunion!   Overview Understand the key role of balance in food and wine pairings (palatability, textures, aromas). 8 cheeses & 8 wines. Conditions Children can take part to the workshop for free, however, they cannot taste the wines.
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2 hrs
English, French
Group
B-Winemaker Workshop at Château Pape Clément
Chateau Pape Clément, Grand Cru Classé
Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux France
From 129
Always dreamed of creating our own personalized bottle of wine? Enjoy a Unique experience in the heart of Château Pape Clément, Visit the Chateau, mix and taste your own wine blend and take home your personal bottle! Rates per Person (ages 18+) White or Foreign Wines: €49,00 (€45,00 pp for Groups of 10+) Cépage Château Les Grands Chênes: €79,00 (€69,00 pp for Groups of 10+) Cépage Château La Tour Carnet : €99,00 (€89,00 pp for Groups of 10+) Cépage Château Pape Clément: €129,00 (€119,00 pp for Groups of 10+) Agenda Visit of the vat-house and barrel cellar Learn the secrets of the winemaking process, from the vineyard to the bottle labelling Enjoy an introduction to the characteristics of our varietals Create and taste your own wine blend to choose the one you like and take it home in a personal souvenir bottle to share with your family or your friends! At the end of the workshop, tasting of Château Pape Clément red wine Conditions Children can take part to the workshop for free, however, they cannot taste the wines
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2 hrs
English, French
Group
The 5 Senses Tour
Chateau Pape Clément, Grand Cru Classé
Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux France
From 49
Stir up your senses during an new journey in the exceptional place of Château Pape Clément, Grand Cru Classé de Graves in Pessac. Come for a unique, initiatory and playful getaway in Bordeaux, and discover the wine differently and as nowhere else! From delicate sensations to whirlwinds feelings, let you guide during a sensory journey. At first, the touch is highlighted, with soils and materials tactile discovery. In the barrel cellar, the sense of smell expresses itself. A tasting of monovines will allow you to understand the aromas and the contributions of each, in a place soaked by smells of oak and of vintage wines in creation. Then, the sight comes : a moment between past and present, where you can see the changes which have shaped the vineyard, from 1250 to nowadays. To perfect this experience, your taste is put to the test during a blind tasting. And at the end, you are transported in various sound contexts, to understand how they can influence your judgement of wine… Guided tour with a tasting all along… Come and discover it without further delay! Itinerary An entertaining visit of the vineyard, the winery and the cellars for all the senses. Tasting in 3 stages: single-variety wines, blind-tasting and acoustic tasting (7 wines). Conditions Children can take part to the workshop for free, however, they cannot taste the wines."
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2 hrs
English, French
Group
Food & Wine Pairing: Wine & Caviar
Chateau Pape Clément, Grand Cru Classé
Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux France
From 99
After a historical and technical tour of Château Pape Clément, our sommelier will present you with a surprising marriage of Land and Sea, pointing out all the similarities between exceptional Caviar and Wine, from production to tasting. You will taste three Sturia caviars, matched with an original selection of three Bernard Magrez wines. Itinerary Understand the key role of balance in food and wine pairings (palatability, textures, aromas). 3 cheeses & 3 caviars. Conditions Children can take part to the workshop for free, however, they cannot taste the wines.
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2 hrs
English, French
Group
Gourmet Tasting
Château Léognan
Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux France
From 20
You will start with a tasting of 4 wines of the Château and then you will be able to choose among these wines to enjoy a glass with charcuterie and cheese boards from our region. 
1.5 hrs
English, French
Group
Visite et Dégustation - Bar à Vin
Maison Des Vins De Graves
Graves Bordeaux France
From 15
Vous aurez une visite explicative avec l'un(e) de nos guides cavistes professionnel(le)s sur l'ensemble de la production du vin. De la vigne jusqu'à la bouteille. Vous repartirez avec plein de connaissances qui vous permettront de comprendre mieux le vin. En plus de la visite et dégustation, profitez d'un moment pour vous détendre sur la terrasse, avec un air de musique, des tapas et une dégustation de vins. Dans le plus de découvrir ce qui a fait ressortir le potentiel des accords mets/vins, un plateau de tapas avec des gourmandises locales sera servi. Accompagné bien sûr une dégustation de 4 vins : 1 blanc sec (Graves ou Pessac-Léognan), 1 rouge fruité (Graves), 1 rouge complexe (Graves ou Pessac-Léognan) et un blanc doux (Graves Supérieures). Des changements sont possibles en fonction de vos goûts. Vous avez ensuite la possibilité d'acheter du vin si vous le souhaitez. Notre institution regroupe la majorité des vins de l'appellation et étant une vitrine pour et par les producteurs, revend ces derniers au prix de la propriété.
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1.5 hrs
English, French, Spanish
Group
Castle Cellars Tour and Tasting
Champagne Château De Boursault
Vallee de la Marne Champagne France
From 30
This service is a guided tour of our cellars, located under the Castle, explaining all the different stages of champagne production processed in the cellars. Following this visit: a tasting of 3 cuvées of your choice.
1.5 hrs
English, French
Group
Gift
Medoc, St Emilion and Graves Wine Tour Small Group Private Full Day Trip from Bordeaux
Vintrail
Bordeaux AOP Bordeaux France
From 730
Not much time to spend in Bordeaux? Take part in a comprehensive small group private day trip & vineyards tour of the major Bordeaux wine regions. Visit prestigious wineries and taste delicious wines. Our English speaking and Expert wine tour guides will be with you the whole day and you will be driven in recent and comfortable air conditioned minivans that can take up to 7 or 8 persons.
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full day
English
Group
Visite Pique-Nique
Maison Des Vins De Graves
Graves Bordeaux France
From 25
Vous aurez une visite explicative avec l'un(e) de nos guides cavistes professionnel(le)s sur l'ensemble de la production du vin. De la vigne jusqu'à la bouteille. Vous repartirez avec plein de connaissances qui vous permettront de comprendre mieux le vin. S'en suivra une dégustation de 4 vins : 1 blanc sec (Graves ou Pessac-Léognan), 1 rouge fruité (Graves), 1 rouge complexe (Graves ou Pessac-Léognan) et un blanc doux (Graves Supérieures). Un pique-nique vous attendra sur la terrasse de notre bar à vin. Des changements sont possibles en fonction de vos goûts. Vous avez ensuite la possibilité d'acheter du vin si vous le souhaitez. Notre institution regroupe la majorité des vins de l'appellation et étant une vitrine pour et par les producteurs, revend ces derniers à prix château.
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2 hrs
English, French, Spanish
Group
Saint Emilion Wine Tour Shared Half Day Trip From Bordeaux
Vintrail
Saint-Emilion Bordeaux France
From 75
Experience the Magic of One of Our Favorite Villages and Favorite Wines on this half day Bordeaux wine tour. PICK UP AT CENTRALLY LOCATED MEETING POINT IN BORDEAUX This morning, we will come and pick you up in front of the Bordeaux Tourism Office. The Bordeaux tourist office is located at 12 cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 BORDEAUX, in the heart of the city, facing the CIVB Bordeaux wine syndicat building. The tourism office located in the city center is at a 10 minutes walking distance from all the centrally located hotels.
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half day
English
Group
Private visit and tasting with a breathtaking view of the Loire
Maison Brédif
Vouvray Loire France
From 40
We are delighted to welcome you for a guided and private tour of our 10th century troglodyte cellars.   After the coolness of our cellars, you can take advantage of our beautiful sunny days for a tasting of 5 wines on our roof terrace.   The tasting is accompanied by seasonal appetizers!
1.5 hrs
English, French
Group
Saint Emilion Wine Tour Shared Full Day Trip From Bordeaux
Vintrail
Saint-Emilion Bordeaux France
From 135
After a short drive of about an hour, reach your first stop at a selected Grand Cru Winery. All winery tours in Bordeaux include the visit of the technical installations first. This is where a local guide of the winery will go through all the wine making process so that you can better understand how from a complex blending of different grape varieties and storage in oak barrels, the local wineries obtain one of the world's most delicious wines.
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full day
English
Group
Classic tour
Chateau Haut Breton Larigaudière
Margaux Bordeaux France
From 10
Discover the history, the particularities of the terroir of Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière, its traditional vat room and barril cellar.  Visit followed by a tasting of 3 wines 3 rue des Anciens Combattants, 33460 Soussans.
1 hr
French
Group
Medoc Wine Tour Shared Half Day Trip From Bordeaux
Vintrail
Médoc Bordeaux France
From 80
With Ophorus, your médoc wine tour travel experience is the most important factor when it comes to our small group sightseeing tours of the Bordeaux wine region. On your Medoc region wine tasting tour, you’re sure to discover hidden gems and taste prestigious wines in an informal yet expertly guided way. This highly recommended wine tour from Bordeaux will introduce you to the Margaux, Médoc AOC & Haut Médoc appellations where some of the most famous chateaux are located.
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half day
English
Group
Medoc Wine Tour Shared Full Day Trip From Bordeaux
Vintrail
Médoc Bordeaux France
From 130
On this highly recommended full day small group tour in the Medoc, you'll discover one of France's most admired wine-growing regions. Beginners and seasoned wine connoisseurs alike will find plenty to love on this guided wine tasting tour of Medoc led by local expert wine guides. Drawing on local knowledge and a real love of wine, our tour guides will fill you in on this unique and beautiful region, and you'll discover what make Medoc wines so special.
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full day
English
Group
Flavors of the Basque Country Private Day Trip From Bordeaux
Vintrail
Bordeaux AOP Bordeaux France
From 760
From a small fishing village, Biarritz became famous in 1854 when Empress Eugenie (the wife of Napoleon III) built a palace on the beach that is today the Hôtel du Palais. This made Biarritz one of the most trendy destinations attracting the British royal family such as Queen Victoria, Edward VII, and other European royalty as Alfonso XIII of Spain.
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full day
English
Group
Armagnac Wine Tour Private Day Trip From Bordeaux
Vintrail
Bordeaux AOP Bordeaux France
From 590
Armagnac is a type of brandy distilled from wine made from a blend of grapes. The resulting spirit is then aged in oak barrels before release. Today participate in a private tour to visit several family owned wineries where you will be shown and explained the distilling process followed by a comparative tasting. We will also have you visit one of the most traditional villages of the region.
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full day
English
Group