The 35 best wine tour routes

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We mentioned in a post recently that La Revue du Vin de France had a special issue on wine tourism. They had selected the 35 “best” wine routes for the summer. Inspiration for the readers for what to do long and hot summer days no doubt.

Vineyards and mountains in Stellenbosch
Vineyards and mountains in Stellenbosch, copyright BKWine Photography

The issue is full of good information: wineries to visit, good vineyard walks, hotels to stay at, restaurant that they recommend etc etc. Each spring (around May time) they publish such a special wine tourism and wine travel issue so if you are curious you should perhaps look out for it next year (or order a back issue).

Here are the 35 destinations for wine tours, or rather, their suggestions for wine itineraries:

  1. Corsica: Patrimonio and Cap Corse
  2. Provence: between the Alpilles and the arriere pay Varois
  3. Rhone: from the Rhone Valley to Provence over the Dentelles de Montmirail
  4. Provence: in the heart of Drome Provencale
  5. Provence: Bandol vineyards
  6. Languedoc: from Montpellier to Pic Saint Loup

    Revue du Vin de France
    Revue du Vin de France, wine toursim
  7. Languedoc-Roussillon: at the foot of the Corbieres hills, including the vineyards of Maury
  8. Languedoc: between the Montagne Noire (Black Mountain) and Canal du Midi
  9. Rhone: the northern Rhone Valley with the wines and vineyards of Hermitage
  10. Burgundy: Beaujolais from Brouilly to Saint Amour
  11. Burgundy: Beaune, the capital of the wines and vineyard of Bourgogne
  12. Burgundy: Cote de Beaune, at the heart of a myth
  13. Savoie: from Chamonix to the Lac du Bourget
  14. Jura: around Arbois
  15. Alsace: from Ribeauville to Kaysersberg
  16. Champagne: from Epernay to Vertus
  17. Paris: in the capital (dedicated to a selection of wine shops in the city although there are actually numerous vineyards in Paris and in the Ile de France region)
  18. Loire: Touraine and along the Loire river
  19. Loire: between Saumur and Fontevraud
  20. Loire: Anjou, between Sarthe and Loire
  21. Loire: a wine walk in the city of Angers
  22. Loire: Pays Nantais, in the Far West
  23. South-West: Duras and Bergerac
  24. South-West: Cognac country
  25. Bordeaux: Saint Emilion, a prestigeous appellation
  26. Bordeaux: from Bordeaux city to the vineyards of Pauillac
  27. Bordeaux: Pessac Leognan in the Graves
  28. Bordeaux: the legendary wines of Sauternes
  29. South West: from Gaillac to Albi
  30. Portugal: Porto, the cradle of port wine and the gates to the Douro vineyards
  31. Italy: Tuscany, from Florence to Siena
  32. Austria: Vienna and along the Danube river
  33. Switzerland: around the Lac Leman
  34. Germany: along the Rhine rivers on the tracks of the great rieslings
  35. South Africa: from Constantia to Paarl

We admit to not doing wine tours to all those destinations (yet) but we do cover a fair number of them with our scheduled wine tours in English and in Swedish as well as our custom wine travel packages. And we do wine tours to quite a few destinations that La RVF does not have on its list of top wine travel destinations. Question of taste!  As a matter of fact, we do about as many wine tours in a year as they have on their list!

A vineyard in the Piedmont
A vineyard in the Piedmont, copyright BKWine Photography

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