With beautiful scenery and rich history, France is ready to welcome you on its soil. Whether you come seeking a luxurious holiday or an educational one, there is one thing in France that you simply cannot overlook. Spread along multiple beautiful villages and provinces there are the most amazing wineries that offer guided visits and most importantly – wine tasting events. However if you are not sure where to start, here are the top tips for wine tasting in France.
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Check Business Hours
Working hours in France may be a bit different than what you are used to, so make sure to check that in advance so that you are not disappointed when you get there. The French tend to work from 9am, have a break at 12pm, then continue working at 2pm and into the evening. However, the wine-tastings might start a little later in the day, so keep that in mind.
Seek Out Smaller Wineries
There is nothing more romantic than a secluded winery in the middle of a French village. Sure, you should try visiting the biggest and the most popular vineyards, but there are many great winemakers that offer cozy trips and wine tastings in smaller, not very well-known areas with wine just as tasteful.
Consider an Organized Tour
If your group of holidaymakers is small in number and you are not familiar with the area, you might want to look up an organized tour along with other visitors. This way you will get a full guided excursion, where you will learn some interesting things about wineries and the overall culture of wine-making. Not to mention, the wine tasting will be more fun with a bigger group! One of the most popular wine regions that offers guided tours in France is Bordeaux.
Do not forget, you can easily reach many wineries by train, so check out France trains.
Don’t be Intimidated
First time at a wine tasting? No worries. No matter if you are a wine tasting master or if this is your first experience, you will learn many new things either way. Do not be alarmed if your understanding of wine and its properties is close to zero, or even, if you do not like wine very much. That is what wine tasting is for – for you to learn, enjoy and ask questions. Besides, winemakers tend to be very friendly and great educators too, so they gladly answer questions and try to make sure that the audience can keep up.
Bring Something Home
After enjoying the wine tasting, do not forget to purchase a bottle or two of the ones you enjoyed, or even try new flavors. A bottle of wine is always a good idea, and the one coming straight from the winery can be simply invigorating. You will also pay homage to the winemaker. Keep in mind not to leave the bottles in the sun, so that it does not lose its original taste!
Now you absolutely must put wine tasting on your to-do list while visiting France and you are on your way to becoming an expert. What can make a holiday better than a bottle of ripe wine, a baguette and some cheese?