We are passionate about wine and by hitting the road to make the best road-trip every time we could.
So we decide to make the two passions happens together : This is how we ended up traveling for a month on the wine roads, meeting Burgundy, the Rhone Valley and the Bordeaux region.
Four weeks of intense field visits, wine-growers’ meetings and on-the-spot discoveries of regions that have been studied for so long through the labels of our favourite wines.
We made this road trip in 2015, under a blazing sun and the hottest summer that France has known for a decade.
Burgundy from North to South
Arrived at the level of Dijon by the north: it is time to leave the motorway and to immerse oneself in the region to the more quiet rhythm of the little roads throughout out the backcountry.
From here begins the real road trip and immersion in the wines of the region.
It was an incredible pleasure to see this region as sunny, the vineyards aligned as on the postcards, their bunches of grapes being gorged with a radiant sun.
However, if you want to meet winegrowers in this region, avoid leaving in August. It’s a really “dead” month to do domain visits.
Most winemakers take advantage of this time of the year to leave a few weeks while the vineyard finishes their maturation before the harvest in September.
And it was very difficult for us to meet people on the spot among our favourite areas.
Ce fut une excellente expérience, mais si vous partez pour visiter, appeler avant les domaines et pensez à privilégier une autre période de l’année.
It was an excellent experience, but if you are going to visit, call before the estates and think of privileging another time of the year.
For us, it was therefore more the occasion to make a road trip in the middle of the vineyards than to meet the producers.
And Burgundy this season is particularly pleasant: bright sun, picnic in the middle of beautiful landscapes and bunches of grapes almost ready to give a new vintage.
The legendary “clos” of the region are beautiful, and the simple fact of passing from villages to villages and to appear on the panels of cities the names that are more used to see on wine labels is quite curious, and amusing.
As we descend from Gevrey-Chambertin via Chambolle-Musigny, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Beaune, to Chalon-sur-Saône, these are all the prestigious names, known throughout the world as we could see on the panels of the villages we were crossing.
Burgundy has a rather special climate: in the middle of the land, the climate is rather continental. Summer can therefore often be quite hot, while harsh winters are also the norm.
Lyon: at the junction between the wine regions
This road trip wine to bring us to visit three major regions throughout a month: after Burgundy, direction the Rhone.
But before: small city break in Lyon before starting the roads of the Rhone Valley.
So it’s a great stopover in the old Lyon that was waiting for us: nice and sunny in the middle of August.
We also discovered a nice wine bar with many organic and biodynamic references and an excellent proposition of tapas.
This city clearly wants to be discovered! 🙂