france2With any given vacation destination, unless you’ve been there before…once, twice, or even thrice, it is difficult to know where to go to eat, sleep, and explore.  If you have dreamed of traveling to France but have never moved beyond the dream state because you didn’t know where to begin, help is at your fingertips.  France-Voyage.com offers a one stop site where you can explore France before spending a dollar, or a dime, not to mention your precious time.  france6Air travel, hotels, home rentals, restaurants, even campsites can be booked from this site.  About the only thing you can’t do while exploring France-Voyage.com: actual wine tasting.

france4A Way of Life

Wine is undoubtedly one of the major emblems of the French way of life. It has been enjoyed all over the country for over two millennium. The vines shape much of France’s landscape, from north to south. The precious beverage has been a source of inspiration for a number of its writers and painters. French wine is known for its quality and diversity, well beyond the country’s borders. By taking a look at the history and geography of the regions, the France-Voyage.com guide can help you learn more about the French vineyards and accompanying tourist attractions.

france5The History

France’s first vineyard was created in 600 B.C. by the Phocaeans in the city of Massalia, which would later become Marseille. The Romans then contributed to the expansion of vine cultivation throughout the country. In the Middle Ages, the Paris region became the largest wine-growing area and helped France become the world’s biggest wine-exporting country. However, red wine only really took off in the 14th century, as the most popular wines before then were whites and rosés.

france1Today, the many vineyards of France are ideal places to take a leisurely stroll through the regions, taste the flavours of the grand cru wines, and learn about the wine-growers’ skills. With 10 000 châteaux and 117 000 hectares of vines, the Bordeaux wine region sets the standard for the rest of the world: the Burgundy vintages to the south of Dijon, the magnificent white wines of Alsace and the Rhône and Beaujolais appellations are also very well-known; and some wonderful discoveries await you in the vineyards of Jura, Provence and Corsica, not forgetting the hillsides of Cognac and Champagne. You can find an introduction to these vineyards and many others in the panorama about the great vineyards of France, in the France-Voyage.com guide. With so many vineyards and cellars, one lifetime would probably not be long enough to see all the treasures of France’s wine-making heritage!