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8 Gorgeous Wine Regions to Visit in France That Aren’t Bordeaux

“Bordeaux is to France what Napa Valley and Sonoma are to the States—a wine country paradise along its country’s southwestern coast home to some of the world’s most famous vineyards. There’s more to France, however, than its most-visited vino locale. From the birthplace of rosé to the sparkling capital of Champagne, here are eight wine regions that should definitely be on your radar…


Hike the trails surrounding Château Gassier’s organic vineyards, nested at the foot of Mont Sainte-Victoire, or embark on a 155-mile cycling and yoga tour with Ride & Seek, pausing to sample Provençal specialties like tapenades and truffles along the way…


From Beaune, hit the road and head north on the hour-and-a-half drive to Chablis, a town that could easily be the backdrop in Beauty and the Beast. Peruse the cellars of Domaine Laroche, which has been aging wines since the Middle Ages, and tour the 9th-century Obédiencerie monastery where Chablis was born before getting to the main attraction: a wine tasting followed by a picnic (packed with Chablis, of course) right in Laroche’s vineyards…


For something more low-key, arrange a visit to Moulin-à-Vent, one of the 10 Crus of Beaujolais named after the area’s landmark old windmill. Then, rendezvous at family-owned Château du Moulin-à-Ventfor a wine tasting before heading to dinner at Rouge et Blanc, where the region’s signature Gamay grapes serve as the star ingredient for the sauce drizzled on seared foie gras.”

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Lane Nieset, July 10, 2018
8 Gorgeous Wine Regions to Visit in France That Aren’t Bordeaux