They also offer good itineraries through the vineyards.
Each year the most famous wine auction in the world takes place in aid of the Hospices de Beaune in the historic building itself. The auction is also the reason for one of the great wine festivals, where the famous names of Burgundy open their cellars and vineyards to offer some spectacular tastings which you have to book in advance. It takes you to Beaune for the weekend and the festival that includes street performances, parades, a gourmet village and half-marathon around Beaune.
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You can book direct or better still, download their app and you can book up to 30 minutes before the tour which is great if you're not sure of times and places. The Loire is a top wine region, stretching along the famous Loire river valley in central France to the west. For local wine tours , go to the tourist office in each town. Once regarded as the poor relation of wine-producing regions, today Provence has some top-quality vintages. Bandol is another well-known appellation. It includes some meals and winery trips and is in the Ventoux. In the north, Lyon is the main city for Beaujolais , a young wine celebrated each year throughout France, and the rest of the world.
The wine might not be great, but the parties on the third Thursday in November are great fun.
We went in a 4x4 off the roads and through vineyards that cling to the steep slopes. Small terraces are filled with healthy vines; you turn a corner and get views of the ragged Dentelles de Montmirail, a small chain of there are two main co-operatives. It's a wonderful drive past little villages and your picnic is in a vineyard with a view of the Dentelles. The Jura is an excellent wine region, but not as big as the others so it can get overlooked if you're planning a wine vacation.
But don't ignore it; it's a beautiful region in the east of France between Burgundy and Switzerland, and has some unusual wines including the Vin Jaune which is fermented then stored for 6 years and 3 months. Also try Vin de Paille , a sweet wine made after the grapes have been stored on straw or left hanging from rafters. One of the tastings is during a stop at a Parisian wine bar.
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When you taste these wines, they speak of mineral and fruit notes from savory, mouth-drying tannins. These reds are usually suitable to be aged for years, often for several decades. Beautifully labeled, Bordeaux wines have an elegant look at table.
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French wines and the wine regions of France; French vineyards, and how to get good value. French wine is produced all throughout France, in quantities between 50 and 60 million hectolitres per year, or 7–8 billion bottles. France is one of the largest.