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The group

With family, friends or colleagues? Organize a wine tourism weekend is above all to know with whom you want to share a simple, friendly and warm moment. No matter how many you are, you will find the right shoe for you: some wine estates can accommodate up to 50 people per session, others will welcome you as a couple. Although the purpose of the stay is to discover the winegrower’s world, children are sometimes welcome with workshops adapted to the youngest.

The region: rather Languedoc or South-West?

You may be a lover of Burgundy wines, but wine tourism is the discovery of the French wine-growing regions. So don’t hesitate to choose regions you don’t know: why not go and taste the red wines of Provence or the white Bordeaux wines. More than just a visit to the cellars, you will immerse yourself in the region’s terroir and history, and that is not to be underestimated!

Southwestern, AlsaceRhône Valley, Jura, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire, Provence, Languedoc, Beaujolais or Corsica for not all the cities, you have the embarrassment of choice!

The budget for a wine tourism stay

About 2 500€, these are the average expenses for a wine tourism stay in France. Don’t worry, you can build a much cheaper stay!

From a tasting at 5€/persons to a 10-day wine tourism cruise at 4,230€, there will be something for every portfolio. The advantage of wine tourism: you can enjoy the domain prices, so plan to bring a few boxes!

What means of transport?

Several possibilities are available to you depending on the size of your group:

  • The classic family car, which will allow you to go at your own pace to the wine-growing regions.
  • The bus, ideal for large groups (with family or colleagues), the ride will be a little less personalized.
  • The minibus, which is perfectly suited for small groups (from 2 to 8 people) wishing to discover the secrets of the vines.
  • The private driver, for the luckiest of us. No need to drive, just look around!

What do you want to do?

There are a multitude of places to visit and original activities or more classic to do to discover the winegrower’s profession and his universe. As a family, a couple or with friends, you will be able to taste, touch and smell the product of the fruit of the vine.

The vineyard is a complex place: the type of soil, the plots, the sunshine make this place something magical and delicate. If you like being outdoors, that’s what you need!

The cellars are impressive. These basements sometimes house more than 5,000 barrels in which the elixir we love so much rests. Time seems to have stopped in these large rooms regulated between 11° and 12°.

Vinification studios are industrial sites. The harvested grapes are transformed into juice to be fermented. Factory atmosphere and yeast odours, this is the step not to be missed to understand how wine is made.

The wine

There are several ways to cultivate the vine and as many ways to think about the profession. According to your preferences, you will be able to appreciate the worlds of biodynamics, nature or conventional convention.

Are you a Bordeaux red wine lover? Feel free to step outside your comfort zone and visit a wine-growing region known for its white wines, where red wines are surely very interesting. If you want to deepen your knowledge of a particular region, diversify your experience through the different production methods!

The period

You have to keep in mind that you will not see the same things in a vineyard in September and February. And yes, until July, you will not see grapes in the vines, only flowers and leaves. From September to October, it is the harvest and it is a golden opportunity to see the vines in effervescence. You have all the cards in your hands now, so get to your agendas!

 

 

 

Lucas Chartier

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