France has a long and rich tradition of winemaking, and the techniques and methods used by its winemakers have been well-honed over centuries. Many winemakers continue to use traditional techniques and equipment to make their wines today, adding to their wines’ complexity and character.
French wine is considered by many to be some of the best in the world, and there are several reasons for that. France’s strict appellation system regulates where and how wine can be produced. The region has a diverse range of terroirs, or growing conditions, well-suited to different grape varieties. Each region has unique soil, climate, and topography, contributing to the flavor, aroma, and character of the wines produced there. There is a rich diversity of grape varieties grown in the different terroirs of France, many of which are grown only in specific regions. For example, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are predominant in Bordeaux, while Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are commonly grown in Burgundy. The wide range of grape varieties allows for a great variety of wine styles and flavors. French winemaking is also subject to strict quality control measures, ensuring that wines are made to the highest possible standards. The Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) certification guarantees the authenticity and quality of the wine, and many winemakers go above and beyond these standards to create exceptional wines.
Two regions of France stand out for their wines – Burgundy and Champagne. Why? Let’s explore.
What makes the Burgundy region of France so special for winemaking?
The Burgundy region of France is renowned for producing some of the world’s most sought-after wines. This region has a very long history of winemaking, with some vineyards dating back to the Roman era, passing down knowledge and techniques from generation to generation. Burgundy’s unique terroir, which includes its soil, topography, and climate, plays a significant role in shaping the flavor profile of its wines. The region’s limestone soils, which are rich in minerals and nutrients, are particularly well-suited for growing high-quality grapes. Speaking of grapes, the Burgundy region is primarily known for producing two grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region’s winemakers have spent centuries perfecting their techniques for working with these grapes, resulting in some of the world’s most elegant and complex wines.
Want more on this region?
Take a look at this handy PDF for more about the Bourgogne/Burgundy wine region and the wines produced there.
What makes the Champagne region of France so special for winemaking?
As you may have guessed from the name, the Champagne region of France is famous for its sparkling wine, which is produced using a method known as the “Methode Champenoise.” The Methode Champenoise is a labor-intensive method, requiring skill and patience, that involves a second fermentation in the bottle, resulting in a fine and persistent mousse, or bubbles. Champagne production in this region has a long and storied history, rooted in a deep respect for the land and the grapes, dating back to the 17th century. Like Burgundy, the Champagne region has a unique terroir that plays a vital role in shaping the character of its wines. The region’s chalky soils and cool, continental climate provide ideal growing conditions for the three grape varieties used in Champagne production: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.
Want to explore these regions with wine experts and taste a variety of exquisite wines?
Take a peek at what our friend, The Wine Goddess Denise, is offering later this year, an incredible trip through these regions she calls Bubbles & Burgundy. Please keep in mind that this trip is an exclusive event and is limited to a very small number of wine lovers and travelers. If you are interested, book as soon as possible. Questions or comments? Contact us directly!
About Bubbles & Burgundy:
Join The Goddess of Wine, Denise Lowe, for the best Bubbles and Burgundy wine as we spend 8 wonderful days visiting Denise’s favorite producers in France’s Champagne and Burgundy regions. Immerse yourself in the beauty of these French villages while uncovering the secrets of their historic Champagne Houses and Burgundian grand cru producers.
In addition to our host, Denise, our lead will be Stephen Liney, a British wine and travel expert who has lived in France for over 30 years, the last 10 in Burgundy. His particular expertise is crafting unique wine experiences for wine lovers from all over the world. Denise, Wine Lovers Travel, and Stephen hand-crafted this itinerary to give you an exclusive taste of these iconic regions.
Explore French Champagne Country
Reims – Epernay – Hautvillers – Chablis – Côtes de Nuits – Côtes de Beaune – Dijon
- Discover Reims Cathedral and Reims city center, the heart of the Champagne region.
- Guided drive through the Champagne Scenic Road studded with world-renowned grand cru and premier cru producers.
- Private visit at the Domain of a premium Boutique producer.
- Explore the magnificent cellars of Ruinart, the oldest Champagne House. Enjoy tastings and a guided tour of their UNESCO-listed chalk cellars.
- Discover the prestigious area of the Côte des Blancs vineyards, which produces the best Chardonnoy grapes.
- Visit the charming village of Hautvillers, the birthplace of Champagne and the burial site of Dom Pierre Pérignon.
- Immerse yourself in the history of Avenue de Champagne.
- Uncover the secrets of Moet & Chandon, Champagne’s most successful producer.
- Cooking class with a renowned local chef.
- Explore the picturesque town of Chablis and sample the village, premier cru, and grand cru wines at the Domaine Laroche.
- Private visit of the Clos de Vougeot, a vineyard built by Cistercian monks in the 12th century.
- Learn the craft of barrel making in an Instagramable team event.
- Indulge in Burgundy’s delicacies and visit the Fallot Mustard Factory.
- Enjoy lunch overlooking the Ducal Palace, one of France’s “most beautiful places.”
- This trip is not suitable for people with mobility problems.
- Hotels’ availability has to be verified at time of booking and price may vary depending on its availability.
Due to reasons beyond our control, the itinerary and activities may be subject to change without notice and be replaced with similar tours and activities of equal or greater value.
What is included in the price?
- 4-night stay in Reims and 3-night stay in Dijon, including breakfast and VAT tax.
- All transfer services as per program.
- English-speaking guides on all days as per program.
- All winery visits and tastings shown in itinerary.
- 8 paired lunches and 1 dinner (cooking class).
- All other activities as shown in the itinerary.
- Stephen Liney, an esteemed wine educator, will accompany the group.
Interested? CLICK HERE to book your spot now.
Can’t make the trip but still want to enjoy some amazing French delicacies at home? Take a look at this artisan food producer and their variety of authentic French condiments and pickled items> Bornibus.
What are your favorite French wines? Let us know in the comments!