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