Touring vineyards in France

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Touring vineyards in France

Post by JohnToo » 7 months ago

My wife and have conceived a romantic vision of a lazy tour in French sunshine, staggering from one wine tasting to another. Any suggestions or experience of the best way/place to turn that vision into something approaching reality?
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Post by Iris » 7 months ago

Unless you like the full-on snob experience, look for the caves co-operatives - likely to be spit and sawdust places where you can pick up a few litres of vin en vrac for a few Euros if you supply the bottle. Or you can buy bottles or bag-in-box for a bit more.

Many years ago we did a driving tour through Champagne, Beaujolais, Burgundy and Rhone - the length of France over about 3 weeks - and came back with a boot full of bottles. But do it this month or next, because no-one knows what the import duty situation will be like in April.
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Iris wrote:
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Unless you like the full-on snob experience, look for the caves co-operatives - likely to be spit and sawdust places where you can pick up a few litres of vin en vrac for a few Euros if you supply the bottle. Or you can buy bottles or bag-in-box for a bit more.

Many years ago we did a driving tour through Champagne, Beaujolais, Burgundy and Rhone - the length of France over about 3 weeks - and came back with a boot full of bottles. But do it this month or next, because no-one knows what the import duty situation will be like in April.
Thanks. I think the basic choice of bicycles may place some limit on the number of bottles involved....

Having driven through each of those wine regions, which would you feel lent itself to cycling best?
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A bike tour? A bike tour?! Why didn't you say? What is this? Some sort of cycling forum?!

In that case I'd suggest the Rhone valley. Less pretentious than the areas further north (mostly) and a wider range of wine styles, plus things to do other than drink and ride. And eventually you end up at the Camargue, which is gorgeous and wild.

Alternatively, there's always the Loire valley - but the weather is better further south.
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Post by Joan » 7 months ago

Easter 2011 I spent a few days near Amboise, on the Loire. We took our folding bikes and had a lovely 30+km pootle around the area. Cycling was great, You could stay in the valley where most of the wineries had their "caves" or venture up into the hills where the vines were. There was a cycle path along the river, which is good and bad: it meant we got tooted on the road because drivers knew there was a cycle path parallel, but we didn't.

The hotel we stayed at which was very basic, but lovely in it's own way told me they the cyclists that departed as we arrived at to checkout had left most of their luggage with the hotelier, who was sending it on (via cab, I assume) to their next hotel.

There was a wine and food expo in the literal cave under Amboise. It was hot (even for 3 Australians in April) so we went underground. My partner noticed that they were reading numbers over the PA, and further that the numbers were on his entrance ticket. We won a hamper.

I would definitely recommend Amboise/Loire.
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Post by Joan » 6 months ago

Oh, I've got that pootle on strava.

It's nearly an animal!

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Joan wrote:
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Oh, I've got that pootle on strava.

It's nearly an animal!



We were just along the road in Monteaux...

...albeit we were in a car (we had my mother with us).
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Regulator wrote:
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We were just along the road in Monteaux...

...albeit we were in a car (we had my mother with us).
I was just up the hill in the Novotel, I was only there one night though (work).

Have we all been to Amboise?
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Post by Rutabaga » 6 months ago

I have been there too, on a CTC cycling holiday some years back. It was lovely.
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Greg wrote:
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Have we all been to Amboise?
No.
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ransos wrote:
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No.
Now you have something to look forward to...
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ransos wrote:
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No.
You are Spartacus.
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ransos wrote:
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No.
You surprise me.
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Post by Planetary Gear » 6 months ago

I've cycled down the Rhone valley, in the dim and distant. It's quite fun, as the prevailing slope and wind are both in your favour, by and large. DO NOT try and go up the valley, as everything is against you and you will cry.
There's a big hill nearby too, if you get as far as Avignon.
Alsace is also worthy of consideration, although it varies between really flat and far-too-hilly-by half, with not a lot in between. The wine and food are excellent though.
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