French Wine Regions Near Paris (+ Best Wine Tours from Paris!)

Wine Country Near Paris

The best wine tours from Paris will take you to the best French wine regions and, in fact, some of the best wine regions in the world! This is not really a surprise, given France is where winemaking and viticulture were first refined. 

The wine regions of France now produce between 7 and 8 billion bottles of wine per year! French wine represents 29.1% of total wine exports worldwide.

No doubt, if you are traveling to Paris, you will want to visit at least one of the world-famous vineyards near Paris. If you are not sure which wine regions near Paris you should visit or which wine tours from Paris you should book, then this guide is for you.

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In this guide, you will learn about the wine country near Paris and what type of wine each region produces so you can choose the best wine region for your preferences. 

So you can make the most of your time in each wine region, the guide also looks at the best wine tours from Paris in each location and the best wineries near Paris for self-guided trips. 

And if you don’t have time for a day trip, don’t worry! The guide also comes with interesting proposals within Paris 😉

Best Wine Tours from Paris & Paris Wine Tours Overview

Bourgogne (Chablis)
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Val-de-Loire (Centre-Loire)
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French Wine Regions Map

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There is commercial production of wine in every region of France except those along the north coast. While the French wine regions of Champagne, Burgundy, and Bordeaux enjoy worldwide recognition, there are other important wine regions in France that you should explore.

Here’s the list of our favorite French wine regions, also shown on the French Wine Map. This guide only considers the French wine regions near Paris (in bold), as the other wine regions are too far for wine tours from Paris.

  • Alsace
  • Bordeaux
  • Bourgogne
  • Champagne
  • Languedoc – Roussillon
  • Provence
  • Val-de-Loire
  • Vallée du Rhône

Bourgogne Wine Region

Côte de Nuits Vineyards in Burgundy

The Bourgogne Wine Region (Burgundy) is located a few hours’ drive southeast of Paris. Within the region, there are five wine production areas, including Chablis, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, and Maconnais.

The Burgundy Wine Region includes several famous French wines, mainly from Chardonnay (whites) and Pinot Noir (reds). There are also a small number of rosés and sparkling wines (named crémants).

Best Burgundy Wine Tours from Paris

Guided Wine Tours from Paris:

Self-guided Wine Tours from Paris: Many wineries in Burgundy offer tours and tastings in English. With more time available, consider this multi-day Route des Grands Crus Bourgogne road trip itinerary.

Champagne Wine Region

Located in Eastern France, Champagne is one of the most famous French wine regions. Just an hour from Paris, Champagne is the closest wine region to Paris.

The Champagne wine region is most famous for its champagne wine. While many of us may call sparkling wine “champagne,” only the sparkling wine from this region can technically be called “champagne.”

Because of its proximity to Paris, Champagne day trips and wine tours from Paris are very popular. In one day, you have time to drive from Paris to Reims or Epernay, visit 1 or 2 wineries, have lunch, enjoy 1 or 2 viewpoints, and drive back to Paris. Champagne wine tours, instead, are more optimized, and some of them cover both cities.

Other than champagne wine, the cooler climate of this wine region near Paris is perfect for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Champagne’s whites tend to be lighter, crisper, and less fruity than those of other wine regions in France.

Champagne Wine Tours from Paris

Guided Wine Tours from Paris:

Self-guided Wine Tours from Paris: Many wineries in Champagne offer tours and tastings in English. For a full Champagne experience, we recommend visiting a mix of prestigious houses plus smaller producers. If you have more time, consider this multi-day Champagne road trip from Paris which combines beautiful sights and champagne wines.

Val-de-Loire Wine Region

The Val-de-Loire Wine Region is located southwest of Paris. It is one of the largest wine-producing regions in France and also one of the best French wine regions near Paris.

The Loire Valley vineyards are known for producing some of France’s highest-quality white wines. Because of its relatively short distance from the capital, Paris wine tours to the Loire Valley are easy to organize.

The Val-de-Loire Wine Region comprises four distinct wine production areas: Centre-Loire, Touraine, Anjou-Saumur, and Pays Nantais. Only the first two are relatively close to Paris.

The Loire Valley wines include fruity, light white wines, slightly sweet rosés, smooth light reds, crisp, dry sparkling wines, and sweet white wines. The main grape varieties in this area are Melon, Chenin, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chasselas for whites; Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Grolleay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon for reds.

After Champagne, the Loire Valley is France’s second-largest producer of sparkling wine (named crémant). The crémant uses a wine-producing technique similar to the champagne, with manual harvest and aging on lees for a minimum of nine months.

Val-de-Loire Wine Tours from Paris

Guided Wine Tours from Paris:

Self-guided Wine Tours from Paris: Many wineries in Val-de-Loire offer tours and tastings in English. You can combine your wine explorations in the Loire Valley with a visit to Château de Blois or Château de Chambord

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Best Wine Tasting in Paris

Wine Tasting in Paris

Should you wish to discover French wines without the drive, there are some ideas within Paris. From walking tours to wine workshops, here are our favorite Paris wine experiences:

1. All about French Wines (with Tasting) at the Musée du Vin

The Wine Museum of Paris (5 Square Charles Dickens, Paris 16) is a fascinating place to explore. This underground museum is set up in the former cellars of the Minimes Convent, today disappeared. Between the 16th and 17th centuries, the monks produced a clear wine much appreciated by King Louis XIII when he returned from his hunting in the Bois de Boulogne.

The Musée du Vin houses an exhibition of tools and objects that evoke the French vineyard and its wines. After viewing the collection, visitors can sample a glass of wine of their choice (included in the ticket price). The site is also equipped with three vaulted cellar rooms that serve as a restaurant and spaces for wine tastings – Click here to buy your tickets to the Wine Museum

2. Six Grand Cru Wine Tastings with a Professional Sommelier Guide

Discover some of France’s finest wines during an intimate grand cru tasting experience in the heart of Paris. An expert sommelier will lead you through a tasting of six exceptional French wines, including several quality-designated grand crus and premier crus, plus several older vintage wines.

To round up the soirée, a platter of good-quality French cheeses and charcuterie is offered for delicious pairings – Click here to buy this 6 Grand Cru Wine Tastings

4. Wine Tour with Tastings at King’s Louis XV’s Private Cellars

Not far from the world-famous museum, Les Caves du Louvre is an 18th-century wine cellar once used by King Louis XV. Now, it’s a pleasurable multisensory experience dedicated to informing visitors about the wine regions in France, the art (and science) of winemaking and wine-tasting.

With the guided tour + wine tasting, an expert sommelier will lead you through a tasting of exceptional wines from different corners of the country, carefully selected to ensure a full and unique tasting experience. Distinguish a Chardonnay from a Chablis, a Beaujolais from a Burgundy, and everything in between! 

The Caves du Louvre offers other wine experiences, check out the full program.

5. Discover Two Secret Vineyards in Paris (with Tastings)

Paris wine country? Not really, but the city is home to some vineyards and also a wine cellar!

While everybody pictures the vineyards of Montmartre, the Latin Quarter has the longest wine history in the city. Here, you will visit two secret vineyards and learn about the neighborhood’s wine history. You will also have three wine tastings accompanied by exquisite cheeses and seasonal nibbles – Click here to book the Latin Quarter Unbottled wine tour

6. Visit a Wine Cellar in the Heart of Paris!

Did you know that there are white and rosé wines made in Paris? This bold initiative became a reality in 2014 thanks to Les Vignerons Parisiens, an urban cellar in the center of Paris. Come live the experience of working in a winemaker’s cellar and tasting wine without leaving Paris!

Located on 57 Avenue Daumesnil, in Paris 12, Les Vignerons Parisiens receive the grapes (Cinsault, Grenache, Marsanne, or Syrah) from carefully chosen plots, mainly in the Rhône Valley, to assemble and vinify them.

Check out their upcoming visits or contact them for an on-site workshop: learn how all the different types of wine are made, from the grapes to the bottle, and taste the wines.

And there you have it, the best wine regions close to Paris and a list of some good Paris wine tours to explore them. Which of these wine regions near Paris is on your bucket list?

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