Aside from being the world's most visited country due to its elegant and astonishing views, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame, the Cathedral of St. Francis Xavier de Sales, and the likes, France is also home to many of the best and most premium wines in the world.
Through hectares of lands owned by the generation of families and Christian sects, the country's vineyards are vast and rich in grape varieties that produce first-class wines. These vineyards are recognized as national monuments and/or classified as a World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Thus when planning to visit the country, it is best expected that visitors will learn history, culture, and even the French language.
9 Chateau de I’Engarran, Laverune
Located in the heart of Montpellier, built in 1632, the Chateau de I'Engarran, Laverune stretches for about 60 hectares wide and is home to many of the elegant wines sold in the country. The beautiful estate showcases the charm and beauty of France. Preserved for about four generations by French Women, from the landscape to its fruit produce, Chateau de I'Engarran, Laverune is simply breathtaking. Open for visitors almost all year round. It is one of the must-see places when visiting the country.
8 Cos d’Estournel, Bordeaux
Located in the heart of the Bordeaux region lies the magnificent and astonishing winery of Cos d'Estournel, where guests and travelers from all over the world get the experience of a lifetime. From witnessing the production process of wines to the techniques of producing Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot to the Instragrammable photo across the 91-hectare of land. The place was built in the 1800s and later renovated in 2008.
7 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Bordeaux
Indeed, the region of Bordeaux is home to many of the most significant and inspiring wineries. The Chateau Lafite-Rothschild was built by the Rothschild family, known to every wine lover and affluent families worldwide. The wines produced have been featured in auctions and have surpassed multiple record-breaking sales in different auction events. The chateau winery takes from the Renaissance theme. It covers about 112 hectares, with Sauvignon as one of its common grape produce.
6 Maison Ruinart, Champagne
Located in the northern part of the country is the famous Champagne region. The Ruinart is the winery travelers wouldn't want to miss out on. Being one of the oldest champagne houses in the world, and holding the deepest secrets of champagne making, is the Maison Ruinart. It is also famous for having an underground cellar, luring every wine lover and aspirant to flock to this attraction. The Ruinart cellars were identified as a national monument in 1931 and were considered a recently recognized World Heritage site in 2015.
5 Chateau du Clos de Vougeot, Burgundy
Found in the Burgundy region, Chateau du Clos de Vougeot is famous for its vineyards. It is the perfect venue for parties, events, and even weddings. The monks built the vineyard in the 12th century. Later a chateau was added in the middle, making it one of the most beautiful emblems of the region. Even without producing and selling wines anymore, the estate is still being flocked by tourists.
4 Chateau Sainte-Roseline, Provence
Home to the crisp pale wines in the Provence region, the Chateau Sainte-Roseline was built in the 11th century. Its vineyard stretches through 272 hectares and produces eight grape varieties. It is well known for its rose, red, and white wines. One of the favorite bottles that they produce is the Roseline Prestige, the wine bottle for every occasion, which has already garnered a few awards. Guests can take an immersive tour as well as wine tasting; thus, it has been one of the top wineries visited in the region.
3 Chateau Pape Clement, Bordeaux
Located in the rich, fruitful region of Bordeaux lies the neo-gothic-inspired chateau, built nearly 700 years ago in the 13th century. The vineyards were passed down to the Archbishop of the area by Pope Clement V in the year 1299. Over the years, the chateau has been highly maintained and well preserved. It made the ranking of 100/100 by the famous wine critic Robert Parker in 2009, considered one of the most exceptional wines of the century.
2 Chateau Roubine, Provence
As the name states, "Roubine," a French word is translated to "stream" in English. Regarded as its name, the chateau is located in the center of the sea and the River in Verdon, and a natural stream forms in the middle. Popular amongst wine enthusiasts for the practice of art and Avant-grand, guests opt for an opportunity to experience and witness the winemaking process through a walk-in of their wine cellars. The tour ends with a wine tasting of their famous Crus Classes, AOC Cotes de Provence.
1 Domaine de La Vallongue, Provence
Known for producing red, white, and rose wines, the vineyard was built to create the first organic-based grapes throughout its 300 hectares of farm wine. Guests and travelers can enjoy a day in the area with wine tasting and their fruit produce. The site also caters to specific events such as workshops for cooking and fashion events. Located in the heart of Provence, Domaine de La Vallongue is a worthy place to visit.