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20 May Top 5 Wineries in France

  1. Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Bordeaux,

Bought and named after its owner Baron Mouton de Rothschild, in 1853. Wine lovers can choose the one hour tour of the wine warehouse, cellars and museum, or opt for a slightly longer tour that includes a wine tasting. Home of one of the best red wines in the world, it is unsurprising that it can get very busy in the summer season so we advise to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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  1. Musee du Vin, Beaune, Burgundy,

The Burgundy region is renowned for its pinot noir and chardonnay. Brush up on your wine history and take the tour of the museum which will give you an insight into how it has produced wine in the region for the past 600 years.

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  1. Mumm, Champagne,

This plantation specialises in champagne and houses up to a modest 25 million bottles of champers. You may have noticed Mumm champagne being sprayed at the end of Grand Prix races. Take the tour where you can taste and learn how this esteemed bubbly is made, but be sure to book in advance.

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  1. Château Pape-Clément, Bordeaux

Because Bordeaux is hailed for its wine, it makes perfect sense to include the region twice in our top five. This winery mostly specialises in our friends Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Again, booking in advance is essential.

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  1. Domaine Weinbach, the Alsace region

Just like Bordeaux and Burgundy, the Alsace region is well known for its wine.  Domaine Weinbach originally established as Capuchins Monastery in 1612 of just 5 hectares, it now extends to about 30 hectares. Take a tour of this historical vineyard and sample the high and low notes of its legendary crisp, dry and unoaked white wines to top off you visit.

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Linda Pototzki
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