Where to go wine tasting in France.

As a rule of thumb, vines and vineyards seem to flourish in beautiful, sunny locations. Add to that the fact that you also have the opportunity to taste the nectar that is our favourite tipple, and it’s not hard to see why both connoisseurs and amateurs are more than happy to sign up for a wine tasting holiday.

But what should it be? Rioja,Chianti, Beaujolais? We’re really spoilt for choice. But if you’re looking for somewhere close to home within easy driving distance, why not start with Burgundy, one of the best regions to pop a cork in France? It boasts the highest concentration of famous names in the wine world.

The region of Burgundy stretches south of Paris and north of Lyon so you can bag a cheap flight to either city and hire a car. A good place for base camp is in Beaune, famous for its wonderful cuisine and origin of boeuf bourguignon, Charolais beef and coq au vin. Bargains in the wine tasting regions are not always easy to come by, but the charming Hotel des Ramparts (www.hotel-remparts-beaune.com) has spacious rooms from around €98 per night. The English speaking staff can advise on tours of the old-style villages and world-famous vineyards.

Monks first began making wine in Burgundy during the reign of Charlemagne, and it’s now home to three grape varieties; the Pinot Noir grape from which Burgundy reds are produced, the Chardonnay grape which gives us wonderful whites such as Chablis and the Gamay grape from which Beaujolais is made. You’ll have plenty of time to try them all. Cheers!

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