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A picture-postcard landscape of vineyards, forests, fields, canals, medieval towns, and Romanesque monasteries; charming country inns; and of course, delicious food and magnificent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.


Learn the secrets of the complex art of creating sparkling wine in the magnificent limestone cellars of world-renown Champagne houses in historic Reims and Epernay. The vine-covered hills of Champagne are an easy day trip from Paris.


Home to what may be the world’s best wines, the grands chateaux welcome visitors for cellar tours and tastings. In the heart of the region, the port of Bordeaux is a grand city of 18th-century architecture. See our Bordeaux Travel Guide


From the steep hillsides of the northern Rhone Valley to the expansive sun-drenched fields of the south, the Rhone vineyards produce exceptional red wines. The magnificently preserved cities of Lyon and Avignon bookend the region. See our Rhone Valley Travel Guide


Along the Loire, Loiret, and Cher rivers discover the diverse wines of Chinon, Bourgueil, Vouvray, and Sancerre, while exploring world-famous renaissance chateaux and towns. See our Loire Valley Travel Guide


A sun-drenched region of olive groves where the Greeks cultivated wine more than 2,600 years ago; vineyards surround ancient Roman towns and cascade to the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. See our Provence Travel Guide


Clinging to the western Mediterranean coast, this less-famous neighbor of Provence offers beautiful beaches, the lively university town of Montpellier, the intact medieval fortified town of Carcassonne, as well as delightful reds.


On the French/German border, a hundred-kilometer strip of charming villages links the historic cities of Colmar and Strasbourg. The unique white wines and regional cuisine reflect the best of both cultures.

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