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For many people, the joy of exploring France is the chance to sample its wines in the regions in which they’re made; for some people, it is the only reason for visiting France. Fortunately, French hoteliers realise this, and so looking for wine hotels in France becomes a pleasurable task. Some hotels lie deep in the vineyards - roll out of bed and into the vines, more or less - while many specialise in wine tours and tastings.
As good wines deserve good accompaniments, it goes without saying that these French wine hotels also score highly for their food - whether Michelin-star gourmet standard or French provincial cooking at its best.
So, where to go? Making a choice is both the joy and the hardship as each region throws up distinctly different wines determined by the ‘terroir’, the vigneron’s skills and, of course, the grape - in France, over 60 varieties are grown.
Burgundy and Bordeaux rival one another for producing France’s finest wines. Other people are lured by the more subtle wines of the Loire. The Rhône is best-known for its spicy reds; by contrast, Alsace is home of tall-bottled whites while Beaujolais is famed for its youthful red wines. The Savoie and Languedoc-Roussillon wine regions also have their distinct charms. Other people just start as they mean to go on and head straight for Reims, capital of glorious Champagne.
We have sipped and tasted our way around these regions and found some of the most delightful places to stay. Use our guide to the best wine hotels in France and you can do the same.
Let’s not beat about the bush: the reason people come to Reims and Épernay, the region’s two principal centres, is to taste the bubbly stuff. Wine has been produced here since Roman times, but commercial Champagne only since the 19th century when glass-moulding techniques had been developed that were strong enough to contain the fizz of the grapes’ double fermentation process.
You can take tours around the Grand Marque Champagne houses, such as Taittinger and Mumm, and their ‘caves’. A less costly way of learning about techniques, while still sampling, is to visit the smaller vignerons.
Known since Roman times for its wines, Burgundy’s finest are concentrated in two regions: the Côte d’Or around Dijon and Beaune, and Chablis. The former produces the revered Côte de Nuits red wines and Côte de Beaune whites. Chablis is noted for the famous dry whites of the chardonnay grape. Indeed, some people believe the Chablis grand crus are the finest white wines in France.
The fabled vineyards of Bordeaux spread out from the eponymous city in a vast semicircle, from the northern region of Médoc - with its famous names such as Pauillac and St-Estèphe - through the fortified medieval town of St-Émilion in the east to Sauternes in the south.
For many people, a wine hotel in France means a chateau. The Bordeaux region does not disappoint.
Some of France’s oldest vineyards are found between Vienne and Valence in the Rhône valley. Here you’ll find appellations such as Côte Rotie and Crozes-Hermitage. The other famed areas are around Châteauneuf-du-Pape, between Avignon and Orange, and the villages on the slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail.
On France’s eastern border with Germany, the Alsace region’s Rhine valley produces a string of white wines with Germanic-sounding names but a definite French flavour. Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris are the names to look out for. The main wine areas are between Marlenheim and Mulhouse: the famous ‘Route des Vins’.
The Loire valley is worth exploring even if you don’t visit the vineyards. Its breath-taking châteaux and grand mansions have earned the valley a UNESCO listing as a World Heritage site. Not as famous as Bordeaux and Burgundy, nevertheless the Loire’s wines are up there amongst France’s finest and include the beautifully crisp Sancerre and the great white Muscadet, the latter perfect with shellfish. The fine Touraine reds include Chinon and Bourgeuil while Saumur and Vouvray both produce sparkling wines that can rival Champagne, and at a fraction of the price.
This region has some of the most varied wine hotels in France.
Of course, there are dozens of châteaux-turned-hotels where you can live out your French fantasy.
Overlapping Burgundy to the north and the Rhône to the south are the famed villages of the Beaujolais region. In the Saône valley, and centred round Fleurie and Villefranche, these vineyards grow the Gamay grape that produces the light, fruity red wines which are usually drunk when young.
The sub-Alpine slopes of the Savoie region, south of Lake Geneva on France’s eastern border with Switzerland, produce wines that, like the air, are fresh and crisp. And predominantly white - although the red Mondeuse is deservedly popular. The two main appellations are Bugey and Vin de Savoie; due to the hilly terrain, their vineyards are scattered in isolated pockets separated by towns, mountains and lakes. So the best wine hotels in this region of France are as much about the views as the wines.
The dry, stony hills and sunny climate of this southern coastal region of France produce one of the country’s widest variety of wines. It was the Romans who first spotted the land’s potential; some of the coastal regions have been producing wines continuously for over 2000 years. Names to conjure with include Gaillac, Corbières, Cotes du Roussillon, Costières de Nîmes and Muscat.
Whether you know your wines like a seasoned sommelier or, like many of us, you buy the best offer at the supermarket, France will not disappoint. Using our guide to the best wine hotels in France, you can plan a trip whether you want to stay in one place or plot a meandering route through the vineyards. Santé!
A traditional looking timbered house with uber modern interiors. Excellent restaurant serves gourmet cuisine and has an extensive wine list. Huge rooms and suites with private balconies and jacuzzi bath tubs.
An exceptional Five Star chateau with a Michelin star chef and beautiful rooms. Luxury, romance, and the finest attention to detail throughout. Classical furniture and sumptuous fabrics. With 400 Champagne labels it's a very sophisticated hotel.
Family run hotel in Epernay, the heart of the Champagne region. The world's most famous champagne houses in the Avenue de Champagne are close by. Les Berceaux is all about the cuisine with two restaurants - the Michelin starred Michelon and the Bistrot 7.
A highly sophisticated and very luxurious city spot that once belonged to the Mercier family. Seamless bedrooms and suites decorated in chic creams with parquet floors and fireplaces. An elegant conservatory bar looks onto a pool and the gardens.
A stately chateau surrounded by vineyards and parklands. Opulent bedrooms have four poster beds, fireplaces, parquet floors, and high ceilings. An excellent spa and wellness centre and Orangery restaurant. Fit for a King.
An elegant hotel in an 18th century house. Rooms are romantic and traditional, with antique furniture, drapes and exposed beams. Lovely terrace, charming bar, and spa treatments. The wine cellar hosts wine tasting. Romantic, opulent and quiet.
Quaint 17th Century townhouse hotel in the heart of Burgundy's best vineyards. Spacious bedrooms are a charming blend of traditional and contemporary and the two suites have a private terrace. Burgundian cuisine is paired with the best wines of the region and from the family winery.
Superb food at this iconic restaurant with attractive rooms. A family run affair with a rich gastronomic heritage. The dining room at the heart of the house serves fantastic and unpretentious cuisine. A hotspot for foodies and local explorers.
A splendid little B&B in Beaune. Boutique rooms modelled on vintage wines feature lilacs and creams, antiques, oriental rugs, large bathrooms, some with garden views. Wine cellar, charming breakfast room and lovely gardens filled with magnolias. A romantic choice for wine lovers.
An great Four Star hotel in Beaune. Opulent rooms and suites have Louis XIV furnishings and colourful wallpapers. Excellent gourmet cuisine, stunning bar area and cavernouse dining room. Charming courtyards and cosy public spaces. Romantic, gourmet, very luxurious.
A chic hotel in the wine region of Chablis. Rooms blend the modern with the traditional; exposed beams, contemporary furniture and large bathrooms. A lovely terrace on which to enjoy a drink, and excellent regional dishes in the restaurant. The perfect bolt hole for a tasting trip.
A glorious sandstone chateau in the heart of south Bordeaux. Boutique rooms and suites offer the height of luxury with four poster beds, creamy furnishings, and works of art. Fabulous fine dining restaurant and an excellent wine list, spa treatments, and pool. Totally pampering, very sophisticated.
A beautiful chateau, vineyard, spa hotel, and Five Star setting. Classical, elegant, and luxurious rooms and suites. Fantastic French cuisine in two restaurants, a world class wine list, and a unique natural spa set on a hot spring. Wonderfully indulgent.
An opulent chateau just outside Saint-Emilion. Four star luxury, though it feels more, includes lavish bedrooms with four poster beds, a top of the range spa with all the facilities, and a fantastic fine dining restaurant. Bikes, golf, tennis on site. Utterly gourmet, luxurious, and sophisticated.
Family owned and run boutique bed and breakfast consisting of four luxurious double rooms set in an idyllic 18th century French farmhouse. Each room has a private terrace with stunning views across the surrounding vineyards. Glorious pool with outdoor deck for relaxing.
Luxurious, contemporary hotel which is renowned for it's three Michelin Starred restaurant - headed by Chef Anne-Sophie Pic. Bedrooms are cool and sleek with designer pieces from Bruno Borrione. Enjoy the beautiful garden and outdoor swimming pool. A foodies delight.
In the heart of the provence countryside sits this charming hotel overlooking the Rhone Valley. Enjoy a stay in the lovely comfortable bedrooms, then fling open the pretty blue french shutters and revel in the view of the beautiful gardens and swimming pool. A picture perfect place in Provence.
A charming family-run hotel set amid vineyards, lush gardens and century-old trees. Rooms are elegant and light. Excellent local cuisine is served on a shaded terrace with wine from the hotel vineyard. Lounge by the pool and enjoy the panoramic views. The ideal Provence property.
Just south of Strasbourg in a small village on the banks of Rhine, a chic farmhouse conversion overlooking a beautiful château. Rooms are an eclectic mix of contemporary design & antiques. Borrow a bike and explore the Alsace wine routes. Enjoy gourmet local French cuisine at the restaurant.
A delightful 18th Century stone house in the midst of the wine growing region. Views of Mont Saint Odile. Delicious Alsacienne seasonal food served in the cosy traditional interior or on the terrace in Ottrott-Le-Haut. Heated outdoor pool for relaxing after a day's exploring. A piece of heaven!
A romantic Four Star hotel set in the hills with valley views and vineyards around. Rooms and suites in the style of wood cabins have elegant furnishings, all the mod cons, and private balconies. Dinner served in the restaurant, indoor pool, and therapeutic spa facilities. A country escape.
This hotel provides the utmost in comfort and mod-cons for its guests. The bedrooms are comfortable and chic and the indoor pool and spa offers the chance to unwind. Located in the charming village of Kaysersburg this is the perfect spot for local exploring, be it hiking, cycling or wine tasting.
Attractive townhouse B&B with large wooden-beamed rooms, some with private balconies. Well placed for sight seeing and excellent value for money.
Louerre, Loire Valley
A lovely 16th Century stone mansion surrounded by scenic vineyards and private garden. Bedrooms have stone walls, exposed wooden beams and four poster beds. Antique furniture give the chateau an authentic feel. Breakfast is served daily in the dining room and evening meals are available on request.
Dissay sous Courcillon, Loire Valley
In a delightful village in the Loire valley, this 12th century former monastery has been in the same family for many years. Three spacious rooms, each with a garden view, are full of character with exposed beams and antique furnishings. A perfect retreat for families; peaceful and lots to do!
Elegant rural chateau with an excellent spa and gourmet restaurant. Beautiful gardens and terraces and stately salons. A country escape ideal for weddings, foodies, and families.
Amboise, Loire Valley
Impressive 13th century chateau in the Loire Valley. Charming rooms and suites with antique furniture and all the mod-cons. Michelin starred restaurant and large garden. Wine tasting and ballooning nearby. An ideal weekend away for foodies.
Amboise, Loire Valley
A stunning chateau in the Loire valley. Rooms are light and traditionally styled with toile de jouy wallpaper. Restaurant dining room overlooking the River Loire. Wine tasting, ballooning and chateaux on the doorstep. A romantic and relaxed choice for couples or families.
This 15th century castle is the ideal place to stay to explore the Western Loire region. The steep roofs and gorgeous white shutters add to the beauty and character of this chateau. The bedrooms maintain their traditional charm whilst providing a comfortable environment for guests to relax in.
Onzain, Loire Valley
Classic luxury in a 19th century former hunting lodge and a two Michelin starred chef. What more could you ask for? Happy and charming staff ? This is 'la différence ', the 'je ne sais quoi' of classic service. Vive la différence. This is Domaine des Hauts de Loire.
A characterful village inn with an excellent gourmet restaurant. Understated charm and great value for money. A more affordable spot to explore the Beaujolais region from.
A romantic chateau surrounded by acres of vineyards in the heart of Beaujolais territory. It has everything - a spa, a gourmet restaurant, fabulous rooms and suites, a swimming pool, and luscious greenery as far as the eye can see. A perfect spot for a wedding.
Medieval Château oozing romance and elegance making a hideaway luxury hotel. Celestial views over the vines and towards the lake from beautiful bedrooms. Enjoy the dishes at the restaurant, explore the spa treatments and walk under the 100 year old lime trees on the terrace. A romantic's paradise.
Chic hotel on the edge of Lake Annecy. The contemporary rooms feature dark wood floors, designer furniture and mountain views. Private beach, spa and hot tub. Superb modern cuisine served on the terrace. Stunning views, intimate setting and great value.
A pretty ivy-clad chateau in the countryside. Charming rooms feature exposed beams, soft furnishings and views across the garden. Spa, sauna, outdoor pool and gym to enjoy. Superb regional cuisine and an elegant bar area. Idyllic and quiet, with plenty to do outside.
Two Michelin stars, a private pontoon, gorgeous gardens and personal balconies from which to observe all these delights. Stunning interiors with a luxury alpine feel. The ideal property for a relaxing, and secluded getaway on the shores of Lake Annecy, with plenty to do in summer or winter.
Hérépian, Languedoc Roussillon
Designer-chic convent renovation surrounded by vineyards. Beautiful rooms and suites mimic the serenity to be found in the luxurious spa or from private terraces. Wine cellar, swimming pool, and plenty of outdoor activities. Relaxation in the rolling countryside.
Bélesta, Languedoc Roussillon
A romantic hotel surrounded by vineyards. Contemporary rooms with views, big bathrooms and artistic touches. A gourmet restaurant, sleek bar, sunny terrace and outdoor pool with sun deck area. Surrounded by hillsides and stunning views. A great choice for a romantic break.
A charming hotel between the plains of Narbonne and Minervois. Rooms are traditional with stone floors and cream drapes. Outdoor pool, gym, sunny terrace, and excellent Mediterranean cuisine. An authentic, quiet, and good value spot.
Montpellier (Castelnau le Lez)
Stunning five-star luxury spa hotel set in hectares of vineyards. A sandstone country house with manicured lawns, sumptuous bedrooms, excellent gourmet restaurant and all the mod-cons befitting its five stars.