Sitting on the Loire river, you will find one of the most romantic and enchanting places to visit in the whole of France. The unspoilt medieval hilltop town of Sancerre is home to jaw-dropping sprawling vineyards, producing some of the most highly distinguished and historically important examples of the Sauvignon Blanc grape in the world.
On the banks of the Vienne river, this incredible Renaissance town known as The Garden of France, is not only a world heritage site; the Chinon region in which it lies, is also one of the world’s greatest and most prolific producers of wines consisting of 100% Cabernet Franc.
Producers of Chenin Blanc; Vouvray is thought of by many as perhaps the greatest white wine producing region in the world. The diversity and ageing potential of just one grape is demonstrated perfectly when opening a bottle of Dry, Dry-sweet, Dry sparkling or Dry-sweet semi sparkling white wine. The region produces all styles impeccably.
With vineyards dating back to the fifth century, Pouilly-sur-Loire is home to the rolling Pouilly-Fumé vineyards that wrap around and along the town’s countryside, which despite only being grown for Sauvignon blanc since the 19th century, now produces a characteristic crisp dry white wine which can rival any region’s Sauvignon Blanc in the world.
With subtle yet increasingly apparent and strikingly individual characters, the Apellations of Bourgueil & St. Nicolas-De-Bourgueil both excel equally in delivering exceptional quality Cabernet Franc. There is real beauty in experiencing not only the passion; but the differences in just how the two dedicated wine making towns, only two miles apart, craft incredible red wine in their own inimitable style.
This signature style of crisp, often oaked Chardonnay is unparalleled. Yet that does not prevent winemakers in Sydney, New York and South Africa from trying to replicate Chablis. The genuine article can only be found in once place. Part of what makes Chablis so desirable is that due to weather conditions, an entire vintage can be wiped out, making every precious glass that makes it to your lips all the more special.
A welcome contrast to all the rich, aged, oaked, red wine varieties. Beaujolais is made exclusively from Gamay grapes, where expert wine makers create vibrant wines with an expression of honesty that no other region can contest. The apellation’s red wines are best known for being most drinkable at an extremely young age.
A behemoth of a region. One of the most famous regions of wine, nowhere is more diverse in the array of wines it produces than Bordeaux. The sheer amount of high quality yet discernibly different wines being produced here is phenomenal, and not limited to using red grape blends including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet France & Malbec, and white wines such as Sauvignon blanc, Semillion and Muscadelle.
The quintessential name in sparkling white wine, with it’s history dating back to the Middle Ages, no other wine region quite elicits the emotional response to either the word itself; nor the opening of a bottle, of Champagne. Using Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier & Chardonnay grapes, this region simply brims over with fairytale charm.
This deeply historically important region is arguably the greatest appellation of them all. Producing incredible red & white wine using mostly Pinot Noir & Sauvignon Blanc grapes; the region is so rich in culture and diverse in it’s wine production, that adequately attempting to describe Burgundy in a few short sentences quickly becomes rather futile.
Positioned along the sun-blushed southern perimeters of the Rhone Valley, the ruins of the 14th century Chateau built for Pope Jean XXII remains an iconic historical feature of this region. Using Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre & Cinsault blends to make bold, full bodied red wine, Chateaunuef-du-pape remains a true connoisseur’s choice.
Facing the banks of the River Rhone, the vineyards of Crozes Hermitage; tucked neatly away behind neighbouring village Hermitage, are truly exceptional. Using primarily Syrah (Shiraz) grapes, this incredible region produces some of the most complex, balanced, fruity, full bodied red wine in the world.
Famous for its castle built by King Charles VII, one of France’s recently emerging talents is a traditional & dedicated wine making town with a population of less than 1000 people. Very few regions are reaching legendary status as quickly as Quincy seems to be. Exclusively producing crisp, dry white wine using Sauvignon Blanc.
Lying at the heart of The Loire Valley with many beautiful chateaux is Touraine. This region produces traditional style light & fruity red wines from Malbec, Gamay, Cabernet Franc & Pinot Noir grapes, and are exceptionally popular within France, generally being enjoyed in very early vintages.
Possibly the best kept secret of all French winemaking regions. Cheverny & neighbouring Cour-Cheverny produce very different but equally impressive white wines using Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay (Cheverny) & Romorantin (Cour Cheverny). The grapes used to make reds and rose are Gamay & Pinot Noir.
Frequently asked questions
You can travel for many hours but in some circumstance the length is considerably shorter