The French are known for their taste and knowledge in wine and the joy of French wine is that they are fabulously diverse. They have in them, romance, flavor and a rich, dark taste. They are rightfully regarded the world over as benchmarks of flavor. You will never run out of great French wines and learning about them is a lifelong process which has its own pleasure.
A trip to the French vineyards is as educational as it is a mesmerizing. Irrespective of whether you’re a connoisseur or an amateur, the French know that visitors are eager to learn. They are therefore very accommodating to wine enthusiasts who want to learn a little more about their trade.
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The well-known wine producing areas in France are regulated by the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine – INAO and the chief wine producing locations are the following,
- Bordeaux - A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007, Bordeaux has a riverfront that is visually enchanting. The 18th-century palaces and the chateaux are a journey through time which will prepare you to absorb the joy of wine country. Bordeaux wines are made from a variety of different grapes, namely, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. A trip to the countryside is the best way to explore.
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- Burgundy has had a rich history of winemaking that spreads for over 1,000 years. Its wine making tradition has focused on Pinot Noir reds as well as white wines from Chardonnay grapes. Famous wine routes in the region include Route des Grands Crus which when traversed by hot air balloon looks majestic and beautiful.
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- Alsace has a particularly unique character owing to its shared German and French history. The cuisine, architecture and culture are all influenced by both traditions. The vineyards sprawl with grapes that makes some of France’s most unique white wines. A famous wine route, the Alsatian Wine Route will take you through beautiful wine stops. Bicycling through the terrains of the beautiful France is the best way to make the most of your visit to the region.
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France with its beautiful landscapes and history of fabulous winemaking should be a must-visit destination not only for wine enthusiasts but also for those who want to take a break from beaches, hill stations and crowded tourist and commercial destinations.