France has vine­yards aplenty, but where should you fo­cus your prop­erty search if you want to live near one? We ex­plore three fa­mous re­gions

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France is syn­ony­mous with wine and it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to imag­ine one with­out the other. So en­twined is the drink to the coun­try’s cul­tural iden­tity, that it has be­come a sym­bol of its famed joie de vivre mantra that’s so en­trenched in the foun­da­tions of French life. For those who have dreamed of mak­ing a new life across the Chan­nel, chances are, the French fan­tasy has fea­tured a few glasses of the coun­try’s favourite tip­ple as you drink in the sur­round­ings, so what bet­ter way to ful­fill the dream than buy­ing your very own vine­yard? As well as of­fer­ing the ben­e­fit of liv­ing in the heart and soul of the French tra­di­tion of win­ing and din­ing, vine­yards are set in some of France’s most beau­ti­ful spots with some­thing to suit all tastes and bud­gets. We’ve put the spot­light on three re­gions renowned for their vine­yards, and find out what each would of­fer for those seek­ing a life among the vines. through the town’s cute streets or ram­ble through the ram­parts at your own pace. Mean­while, if you want to delve a lit­tle deeper into what you’re drink­ing, the Musée du Vin is the per­fect place to learn a lit­tle more about the his­tory of Bur­gundy’s cen­turies-old art of wine­mak­ing, while the mu­seum’s École des Vins de Bour­gogne of­fers wine-tast­ing cour­ses of vary­ing lengths, ideal for en­thu­si­as­tic oenophiles keen to ed­u­cate their palate. The an­nual Hospices wine auc­tion in the au­tumn is a high­light of the year and a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to put your new knowl­edge of wine into prac­tice.

The al­lure of the re­gion’s rich his­tory fol­lows through to the cap­i­tal of both the Côte-d’Or depart­ment and the Bur­gundy re­gion, Di­jon, where ex­am­ples of the city’s ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage abound. Its im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of el­e­gant me­dieval and Re­nais­sance build­ings in­clude the dis­tin­guished Musée des Beaux-Arts, housed in the vast Palace of the Dukes of Bur­gundy, and the Musée de la Vie Bour­guignonne, which was for­merly a Cis­ter­cian con­vent in the 17th cen­tury.

To keep on the wine track, fol­low the Route des Grands Crus which stretches along the foot of the Côte-d’Or es­carp­ment from Di­jon in the north to San­te­nay in the

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