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23 December 2023  |  Tourism, Gastronomy

Discovering the most beautiful wine villages in France

France is famous for its wine and is home to picturesque wine villages that captivate wine lovers and travelers looking to discover France. Nestled in the heart of the vineyards, certain villages offer a unique experience combining exquisite tastings, captivating landscapes and many interesting wine traditions to discover.

Let's discover the most beautiful wine villages in France, where wine is a cultural expression, and where you can learn a little more and perhaps taste exquisite wines.

Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saint-Émilion is a pearl of the Bordeaux vineyards with its cobbled streets, its stone houses and its vineyards as far as the eye can see. The cellars dug into the rock, the renowned wine châteaux and the tastings of great wines make it an unmissable destination for Bordeaux wine lovers.

Its limestone has shaped its identity and its vineyards have made it an example of a historic wine landscape. You can go there to explore the underground galleries and admire the view from the rocky promontory and taste one or more glasses of wine.

Beaune, Bourgogne

In the heart of Burgundy, Beaune is a jewel where the history of wine intertwined with medieval architecture. Its famous Hôtel-Dieu, its cellars and its wine market attract lovers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône

Nestled in the Rhône valley, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is renowned for its powerful and complex wines. The medieval castle ruins overlooking the village add a touch of history to this wine destination. Local wineries offer tastings of various wines, from red to white.

Chablis, la cité des vins en Bourgone

It is in Burgundy that the city of wines is located, called "the Golden Gate of Burgundy", this village has a reputation dating from the Middle Ages and prestigious vineyards. With its rich heritage including cellars, you will have plenty to enjoy for some wonderful visits. The latter is a park created at the end of the 18th century which offers a well-deserved little break. For those who wish to discover the region, hiking and walking trails have been set up in the surrounding area to allow you to stroll in the heart of the forest or as close as possible to the vineyards.


On the border of the Saône-et-Loire, you will find in Burgundy many very well-known grands crus and other less well-known but equally delicious grape varieties. You may know Chassagne-Montrachet, which is often found on our tables. The town is essentially made up of vineyards and the slope is crossed by a quarry which supplies pink marble and which is also found in the Louvre Pyramid.

Cognac, spécialité qui éveille les papilles

Located in Charente-Maritime, Cognac owes its reputation to the royal castle of Cognac, an emblematic place in the history of Cognac brandy. Go back in time in the old town and discover the mansions, some dating back to 300 years ago. In Charente you can taste a Cognac, more or less old depending on your preferences. Discover this specialty that awakens the taste buds and seduces connoisseurs.


The vineyards of Bergerac and Duras have joined forces to allow prestigious historic places to rub shoulders with pretty landscapes. "The Gold of Périgord" of its fame is located in the town of Monbazillac and it is now known worldwide. It represents the largest sweet wine appellation in the world and is harvested by successive sorting. It has been booming since the Middle Ages and now has more than 2,400 hectares and more than 100 winegrowers who dedicate their time to it. You will be able to learn its entire history and know where its particular taste comes from.

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Amélie Roca

I am a Community Manager for Pure France as well as the host of Pure France TV, presenting high quality rental homes all over France.

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