Tasting great wines directly in the vineyards is even better when you don’t have to travel far to enjoy such an experience. And when we tell you it’s not too far, we mean less than 2 hours from the capital. Learn what is to be discovered in our awesome 4 wine regions just within a single small trip from Paris!
Visit the Champagne region
Thanks to its unique cultural heritage and wine expertise, this region is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage. This area made of chalk produces one of the world’s most famous wines and is a perfect place for History aficionados. Through years, the French kings left their footprints through sumptuous castles and cathedrals to visit. In Reims, the Cathedral Notre-Dame is one of the largest in the world – no wonder with its 138 meters long and 81 meters high ! In this region, the wine heritage can be discovered underground, more precisely through 330 km of champagne cellars, in Reims and Epernay. On the surface, the 34,500 hectares of vineyards can be visited by foot, mountain bike or in luxury pick-up trucks. Winalist advises you to prepare a lunch snack to enjoy in the sun with a bird’s eye view of the vineyards. Nature lovers can meet at Lake Der or on hiking trails in the forest. The night treat will wait for you in one of the 86 restaurants listed in the famous French Michelin guide. You can find a large selection to fit your budget. How to perfectly end this immersion day ? Meet and sleep at the Champagne winegrowerss ! It’s also a great opportunity to bring a rare bottle of Champagne you wouldn’t find downtown. Find our Champagne winegrowers partners, all located less than 2 hours away from Paris.
Less than 2 hours away from Paris, the French fast train called “TGV” will take you to Dijon, the area biggest city. You can walk or bike through the city, and find great fuel tasting the original Dijon mustard, or the typical gingerbread and jacquelines. A bit further South, you can choose one of the 5 wine routes that cross the Burgundy vineyards over 60 km. Discovering these rows of Chardonnay and Pinot vines is essential to understand the “climate” at the very core of the Bourgundy terroir. You can also go hiking on the famous Roche de Solutré or live the Gallo-Roman wars again at the MuséoParc of Alésia. The small villages of Burgundy have many abbeys to visit, such as Fontenay, or religious hospitals from the fifteenth century in Beaune. The medieval beauty of Noyers-sur-Serein, and its old-fashioned authentic truffle market, made it won the title of the French most beautiful village. Go to Winalist.co to discover the winemakers who will show you the wealth of this beautiful region!
The Alsace wine region
Alsace is one of the regions that has the most castles of Europe, and its Wine route is the oldest in France. You can head out to discover the castles of Haut-Koenigsbourg and Hohlandsbourg while sipping a glass of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, or Muscat, to just name a few. Then enjoy the regional gastronomy in winstubs, the area traditional restaurants, and order sauerkraut, baeckaoffe or fleischnakas. After such dishes, what about optimizing your digestion in one of the 200 museums of the region or visiting the Alsace-Moselle memorial ? This museum is located in Schirmeck and explains the history of Alsace from 1870 up to the present day. Strasbourg can be crossed by riverboat, and for the countryside, the Thur Doller steam train is perfect. The wine route gives access to pretty traditional villages with half-timbered houses, decorated with geraniums, of which Colmar is the symbol. Meet the Alsatian winemakers and book an experience on Winalist!
Get to Bordeaux easily
The high-speed train now connects Paris to Bordeaux in only two hours, which allow Parisians and tourists to take a break in the South of France, to enjoy a mild weather and exceptional wines. The city of Bordeaux has 1,810 ha, being 350 buildings, listed as UNESCO heritage since 2007. Churches and cathedrals, eighteenth-century facades such as the famous Place de la Bourse with its water mirror. All the city reflects in this “mirror” thin layer of water. You can also walk through the Garonne River docks or take the boat to the famous Cité du Vin, the new wine museum. For art and nature lovers, you will find contemporary museums, sumptuous parks, and the recent Darwin Ecosystem. This former military barracks was rehabilitated to welcome people who are keen on good cuisine, urban culture, and green economy, on the river side. Outside of Bordeaux, you will find beautiful landscapes you can discover through the wine routes in balloon, bicycles or helicopter. The river estuary is to be travelled by boat, jet ski and canoe. Maybe you can cross the Compostelle famous route, or wander through the basin of Arcachon, with its gigantic dune du Pilat. After such rides, enjoy a moment of comfort in one of the many restaurants, wine bars, or at a winemaker’s. Immerse yourself in this worldwide known region with Winalist!
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