In Vino Veritas: Gérard Bertrand, Languedoc’s Wine Pioneer

Former rugby player Gérard Bertrand employs innovative techniques on his vineyards. Mary Winston Nicklin met the man making fine wine in the Languedoc Seven o’clock on a Friday evening in September and the crowds outside...

Do it Yourself in Burgundy

Watching tutorials are fine, but nothing beats getting stuck in with your own two hands. Here are a few activities which will turn you into a proper Burgundian. Make your own wine barrel   Following an introduction...

Discover the Routes des Grand Crus of Burgundy

What is the Route des Grand Crus? This wine tourism route passes through 37 legendary villages and two cities, Dijon and Beaune, 60 km from the Côte de Nuits in the Côte de Beaune area....

Blast from the Past: Return of the Fairy and Resurfacing Drinks in France

Banned for the best part of a century for nudging good men to the brink of insanity, absinthe has made a meteoric comeback of late. But despite its recent rehabilitation, the Green Fairy remains...

Saint-Émilion Wine House

Burrowed in the luscious, leafy heart of the Gironde, Maison du Vin de Saint-Émilion welcomes more than 170,000 visitors every year to this beautiful corner of southwest France. Created by the finest local winemakers,...

Slow Tourism in the South of France: Explore the Drôme and Vaucluse

If you want a leisurely holiday with plenty of scope for exploring France’s culinary treasures, Stephen Davy-Osborne suggests heading for the Drôme and Vaucluse départements to sample their delights at a slower pace No walking...

The Quiet Side of the Côte d’Azur

Travellers seeking a laid-back beach experience tend to shy away from the Riviera. Yet, to the west of the glittering towns lining the Côte d’Azur lies a more tranquil counterpart that remains under the...

Château Canet – Vineyard holidays for the whole family – Carcassonne

Château Canet is located in one of France’s most picturesque wine regions just minutes from the medieval city of Carcassonne. A traditional 19th century wine and olive oil domain with a collection of collection...

Loire Valley Vineyards: Merrymaking Days at the Château du Petit Thouars

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry. It’s not the family motto of the Count and Countess du Petit Thouars, but it is the motto of their forthcoming full-day events, called “Merrymaking Days”, being held over the summer...

Nectar of the Stars: A Pilgrimage to Piper-Heidsieck’s Winery in Reims

It’s a rare privilege to set foot in the inner sanctum of Piper-Heidsieck’s winery. Rooted in Reims (Champagne’s unofficial capital), the house – otherwise closed to the public – has graciously opened its doors...