Top 6 des activités oenotouristiques les plus originales - Les Grappes

Top 6 most original wine tourism activities

Do you want to see the châteaux and the vineyards of the estates from a different angle? We offer you six atypical wine-related activities designed by the wineries to help you discover their land, their vines and the work they do every day. Far from the simple "visit + tasting", we offer you a variety of activities to share alone, as a couple, with family or with friends!

The escape game in the vineyards

Forget hiking in the vineyards under a blazing sun! At Domaine de Pierre and Bertrand Couly, in Chinon, the estate's winemakers have found an original way to visit and taste the wines of their property.

Solving riddles and puzzles offers a unique moment in the heart of Bertrand Couly's personal cellars.

For a maximum of one hour (3 to 8 players), you'll have the opportunity to rack your brains over puzzles reputedly impossible to solve! If you like Rubik's Cube, insurmountable challenges, wine and beautiful landscapes, this offbeat trip is for you!

A night in a barrel

"This weekend, I spent the night in a barrel." You'll make your office colleagues hallucinate Monday morning by telling them about your weekend!

Yes, that's what the Domaine du Rocher des Dames, in Beaumes-de-Venise in the Rhône, offers you. The cosy and hushed atmosphere, as crazy as it may seem, will quickly put you at ease ... even though you are in the middle of the vines!

If you opt for this unrivalled wine tourism experience, you will be able to wander through the 22 hectares of vineyards run by the Couly family. And finally, why not combine business with pleasure? The winemakers offer you a tasting of the Château's wines.

The nudist harvest

For lovers of nature and freedom, this is THE meeting not to be missed. Pierre Deshors, winegrower and owner of the house, welcomes every year grape-pickers ... a bit special ! For the second edition of this naturist grape harvest at the Crest, in the Puy-de-Dôme, they were 22 volunteers determined to harvest the grapes, naked!

You will have the opportunity to live an experience in the great outdoors, without barriers, and in a good mood. It is in a relaxed and liberated atmosphere that you will participate in the cutting of the grapes and learn more about wine-making techniques.

The program is tempting so don't hesitate, drop the pants!

A tasting in an atomic shelter

Discover how to taste a wine, recognize its aromas ... in a bunker? It is possible. The idea was developed by Edouard Miailhe, whose father built this bomb shelter during the Cold War. At Château Siran, it is in the basement that we taste the vintages!

Indeed, the oldest vintages are kept in a bunker, the oldest of which dates from 1912. Welcomed by the cellar master, you will be able to taste more than a hundred years of vintage, more than 6 meters underground. For the amateurs of unusual wine tourism, it is clearly an unmissable!

Stroll through the vineyards in a limousine

For lovers of strass and glitter, the Château de Loudenne, in the Médoc, offers a rather special walk through its vineyards! If you don't know this great name of the Bordeaux region, the Château de Loudenne is: the only castle in the Bordeaux region that has its own private port, art exhibitions of fashionable artists and wine-tastings. Class!

In addition to these unconventional services, the institution offers limousine rides in the heart of its vineyard: here, you arrive at the top of wine tourism sophistication! During this tour of a little over an hour, the tasting is commented and offered. We were expecting nothing less given the standing ...

If you want to discover a magnificent château and its vineyards and you are tired of wearing out the bottom of your shoes ... you know where to go!

A dinner at 55 meters from the ground

Discover high rank food and wine pairings at 55 meters above the ground, on a hanging table? Yes, it's possible! The Tain winery, a historic player in the wine production of the Rhone Valley, offers an original experience to learn all about the Crus de récoltants (and yes, the institution only deals with harvesting producers).

You will taste the most prestigious appellations of the Rhône such as Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph or Cornas, all under the sign of high-flying wine tourism. And it's on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the house that you will be able to get laid with wine tastings and gastronomic dishes.

You don't have vertigo, you like wine, go for it!

If you prefer, we can also give you advice on how to plan a more classic wine tourism itinerary.

Lucas Chartier

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