5 French wine regions that will blow your foodie socks off!

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Love wine? There is no better place in the world to tour if this is the case than France. Its fertile countryside is covered with vineyards that are focused on producing vintages that will top those of yesteryear, which is something that you will better appreciate when you tour the following French wine regions…

1) Alsace

Sprawling over 15,000 hectares in the Haut-Rhin in the French interior, the Alsace vineyards produce a variety of quality wines that will make your journey out here well worth the trouble. The warm and dry characteristics of this region’s micro climate allow these fields to grow seven different types of grape – including those that produce Riesling and Pinot Noir.

When you are done sampling the bounties of these fertile fields, spend some time in the Alsace Vineyards and Wines Museum, which goes into detail about the art behind the creation of this region’s finest export.

2) Banyuls

Drenched in the sunlight that beats down upon the eastern slope of the Pyrenees, the earth upon which the Banyuls vineyard sits produces varietals of wine that have garnered great acclaim from vinos far and wide.

Due to the low precipitation that falls here throughout the year, wines produced here tend to fall on the sweet side of the scale, making it the perfect companion to the fois gras that you will inevitably be having during your time in this part in France.

If your travel plans are flexible, make an effort to drop by during the month of October, as there is wine harvest festival in Banyuls-sur-Mer that is great fun!

3) Gaillac

Located in the countryside north of Toulouse, the Gaillac vineyard is home to a number of wines that will tease your palate with a brilliance you haven’t known in quite some time. This diverse growing environment supports grapes of all kinds, making it possible for wines of the white, red and rose variety to be bottled here.

Be sure to follow the Route des Vins wine trail, as this route will take you from one amazing winery to another, as well as to the Maison des Vins wine centre, where the particulars of wine creation in this part of France are covered.

4) Mâconnais

Located close to the Burgundy wine region, bottles of vino produced in the Mâconnais are often every bit as good as their neighbours, but this part of the French wine map is much less trammeled by wine tourists than its more famous cousin.

Nonetheless, its fruity wines win many local awards for their quality on a regular basis, a fact that you can witness on visits to its many wineries, or at the Salon des Vins, a fair that takes place in April.

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