French Wine

There are few countries that can boast wines as varied and refined as France.

TravelCurious Tip

Be careful when buying Bordeaux. As the Chinese market has developed a taste for wine, the prices have gone a bit mad, and do not always indicate the quality of the wine

The French stereotype - baguettes, berets, effortless grace, haughty air - would be incomplete without a glass of French wine. What’s more, your trip would be incomplete without trying it. They produce a staggering 7-8 billion bottles of wine a year, making them one of the largest wine producers in the world. They probably drink most of it too. The French are valiantly holding out the tradition of wine with a proper lunch as the rest of the world munches a Prêt-a-Manger sandwich in front of their monitor.

A certain je ne sais quoi

French wines can be a touch confusing. They rarely put the name of the grape on the bottle, instead putting a place name. The traditions of winemaking and grape growing are tied into each region’s long history. In part this is because of how important they believe the terroir is. This is a slightly indefinable quality of the ground where the grape is grown, which is determined by accumulation and interaction of thousands of factors. No one really knows what it is, so it remains a pleasingly magical thing.

Burgundy & Bordeaux

These are two of the prestige wines that France prides itself on. The Pinot noir grape is used for Burgundy. It is notoriously difficult to grow, but makes fruity wines with soft tannins that go delightfully with, for example, chicken and lamb.

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec grapes are often used for the ‘Bordeaux blend’. You will notice a hint of blackcurrant, and someone pompous might start talking about leathery, tobacco-y, truffle-y or cedarwood notes — then have another sip and you may find yourself noticing these flavours too..

Nearby Attractions

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French Bread
France is most famous for the long, thin and crispy baguettes that are found the world over.
French Chocolate
Gourmet French chocolates are a delight for all the senses.
French Cheese
Brie, Rochefort, Camembert and countless others ... indulge your tastebuds.
Pont Neuf
Built to ease traffic congestion in the early 17th century, this iconic five-arch bridge is Paris' oldest bridge.
Square du Vert-Galant
A beautiful little park, the subject of many photographs and paintings, occupying the western tip of Île de la Cité.
One of the prettiest, most peaceful locations in Paris, the square is a hot-spot for families, dog walkers and petanque players.

Related Tours

Bon Appétit: Eat Like a Parisian
Explore authentic Parisian food, learn about the history of the cuisine, and enjoy the sights. 

  • Sample a wide variety of the finest Parisian food.
  • Learn about the Paris' literary and intellectual scene in the 20th century.
  • Learn about the important relationship between food, art and socialising in Paris.
  • Taste everything from the most exquisite chocolate to freshly-baked pastries.
  • Explore the chic Saint-Germain-des-Prés on this walking tour.

Foodie Capital

Regarded as one of the foremost culinary capitals of the world, Paris is a foodie’s haven. When it comes to food, the French create it with the dedication and finesse of the artists whose paintings hang in the Louvre. 

Food & Philosophy

This walking tour will focus on the chic neighbourhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The foodie status of this up-scale quarter is rooted in the area’s reputation as the rendezvous of the literary and intellectual elite of the city; from influential philosophers such as Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, to prominent writers like Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. One could imagine they were sitting in a café, writing, contemplating, debating with other illustrious figures of the 20th century, while sipping on fine French wines accompanied by a nice cheese board.

Bon appétit! 

Since then, the area has blossomed into a gastronomically-gifted neighbourhood, filled with artisanal specialty food shops. Our expert guides will help you uncover the best hidden gems and will teach you all about French food culture as you soak up the atmosphere of a quintessentially Parisian neighbourhood. This tour will invite you to taste the “trinity of the French table” – wine, cheese, and bread, alongside scrumptious French pâtisseries, and divine chocolates. At the end of this delectable tour, you’ll fall in love with the City of Lights all over again.
Wine Tasting Tour in Paris
  • Taste 6 different wines and grape varieties.
  • Learn how to pair different wine and food.
  • Discover the traditions and particularities that make each region’s wine so distinctive.
  • Learn how to make sense of French labels.
  • Learn the different wine tasting techniques - impress your friends and family with your sophistication!

No visit to Paris would be complete without indulging in a glass of fine French wine, with a creamy, mouth-watering camembert on the side, of course. Why not go one step further and visit the finest Parisian wine bars in the chic Latin Quarter with your very own local wine expert guide? You will be given a lesson in wine as you soak up the buzzing, relaxing atmosphere of Pars’ best wine establishments. Learn about wine and food pairings and indulge in some fine cheeses, artisan bread and meats. From Sancerre, Bordeaux, Côte du Rhone and Chablis, you will have significantly cultivated your palate by the end of the tour. At the same time, you will also be able to learn about the fascinating history of the local area as you amble from wine bar to the next with your own expert wine guide. When in Paris, do it the French way - santé!

Please note: this tour is not suitable for children. However, if you are a family, please do get in contact and we will arrange a tasting with juice and non-alcoholic refreshments for the children.

Travel Curious Tip: Le Manchego is always a safe option for those being introduced to cheese tasting.

We created this tour because 
one cannot fully experience with Paris without indulging in French wine and culinary traditions. 
Montmartre Brunch Tour for Foodies
What could be more Parisian than spending a morning in Montmartre with a chef, shopping at a market, then making and enjoying a meal in his restaurant? On your small group tour with a chef, you will:

  • Meet your chef-and-guide at a pre-arranged spot in the Montmartre section of Paris.
  • Wander through the market and local shops, picking up cheese, fruit, fresh bread, chocolate, and more.
  • Prepare a meal alongside the chef in the kitchen of his restaurant, including making a classic French dish. 
  • Learn to make a classic French dish – some days it’s escargot, others it’s Beef Bourguignon. It all depends on what’s in season and available – the true Parisian way!
  • Gather around the table to indulge in the four-course meal you’ve prepared, alongside four perfectly paired wine tastings

Wander the streets which were once home to Van Gogh, Matisse, and Picasso, shopping in the local markets and in a neighbourhood that has certainly earned a reputation as one of the most artistic and inspirational areas of Paris. On your tour, you’ll see Montmartre’s iconic sites with a local, passing by the tourist spots, as you dart in and out of cheese and chocolate shops. Then, enjoy the experience of a lifetime, cooking in a French restaurant kitchen with one of the city’s friendliest and most charismatic chefs. You’ll spend a few hours in his kitchen, alongside a handful of others (up to 12 people total), cooking and preparing a meal to share at the table together. 

After all the prepping and cooking, sit down to enjoy a luxuriating four-course meal, paired perfectly with four wine tastes. Your experience ends after the meal, where your chef-and-guide will give you his recommendations on the best way to continue your culinary indulgences in one of the world’s great food cities. 

Visit the Village Saint Martin on a Sustainable Food Tour
Parisian food is evocative, decadent, indulgent. On this private tour, your guide will show you that all of those things can remain true while also being sustainable and organic. On your private organic food tour, you will:

  • Visit the Village Saint Martin with a private guide.
  • Immerse yourself in the buzzing energy of the district experiencing a palpable revival.
  • Taste organic veggie juices so fresh that you’ll feel your body thank you.
  • Enjoy a spectacular coffee from the best coffee roaster in France (yes – actually voted the best roaster).
  • Finish your tour with a bite of cheese and a glass of natural wine, while sitting along the Saint-Martin canal.

The Canal Saint-Martin has always attracted eclectic groups of visitors and Parisians, combining a quaint, off-the-beaten-path quality with the perfect amount of postcard Paris charm. The neighbourhood has tempted foodies to this part of Paris for the past few decades, but a recent boom in new shops, cafés and galleries surrounding the canal has made this area –casually referred to as Village Saint-Martin –not just a place to go for lunch or dinner, but a destination to spend the day.

In constant transformation, the block connecting the canal and the Faubourg Saint-Martin is full of new shops replacing textile wholesalers with organic and green initiatives. Though some of the district’s old guard regret that the Village Saint Martin has become a bobo hub, many are celebrating the way the younger crowd has given new life and funky vibes to this once-working class neighbourhood. The newcomers have brought social-impact businesses with fantastic design, all while maintaining the classic East Parisian charm that never faded away.

On your tour, your guide will take you through the small streets of the Village Saint Martin to discover the hidden treasures promoting organic ingredients and greener life, and empowering people with an artistic approach. An occasion for you to have a sip of organic vegetable juices before discovering that yes, gluten-free pastry can taste good, as well as superfood vegan cuisine. Though this new-vibe tour is showing the way Parisians continue to reinvent the city, your tour will end in a quintessentially Parisian way:  with ambling conversation of shared cheese and a glass of natural wine.



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