France – the home of wine
If there’s one thing that France is famous for, it’s wine. In fact, two French wine-making regions have even achieved Unesco World Heritage status – meaning they’re “of outstanding value to humanity”! So if you like a tipple when you’re on holiday, why not choose a campsite in or a short drive to one of its many spectacular wine regions so you can taste the best right from the vineyard?
Even the kids will enjoy a visit to a vineyard – they’re usually set in stunning countryside with beautiful chateaux and interesting wine-making equipment with huge barrels to explore. And some provide alcohol-free grape juice for the children to ‘taste’.
Discovering wine in Loire Valley
Our holiday village Le Domaine de Dugny nestles in the famous Loire Valley, which is close to the northern limits for commercial winemaking. The mainly white wines from here, such as Muscadet and the star of the upper Loire Sauvignon Blanc, tend to be crisp and fresh – just the drink to accompany a relaxed picnic back at the picturesque campsite in the heart of this World Heritage site.
Rooting for reds at La Réserve near Bordeaux
In contrast, the wine of Bordeaux – just one hour from our La Réserve holiday park –brings to mind rich reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. And what could be better than sipping a glass while watching the sun set over the pine forests surrounding La Réserve’s own private lakeside beach?
Great value in Languedoc
Further south in Languedoc, we have three campsites : La Carabasse, Le Lac des Rêves and Les Sables du Midi. Languedoc has a reputation for good value wine, often made with a blend of different grape varieties, such as Syrah and Grenache. But if you’re looking to toast the glitzy, glamorous beaches and sparkling seas you’ll enjoy in this region, why not reach for the sparkling Cremant de Limoux, which is supposedly older than Champagne?
Rives de Condrieu in Rhone Alps
Our newest holiday village Les Rives de Condrieu is just a short walk from the centre of Condrieu village, famous for its fantastic white wines, and lies in a loop on the Rhone river close to the Via Rhona – the famous bike path that runs all the way from Lake Geneva in Switzerland to France’s Mediterranean beaches. Tipple of choice here could be a nice Viognier, perfect to accompany a hearty meal after you’ve spent a day exploring the Alps or hiking through the awesome countryside alongside the majestic river Rhone.
Wine regions in and around siblu
Domaine de Dugny **** Loire Valley
La Réserve **** Aquitaine
Le Lac des Rêves **** Languedoc
Domaine de Soulac **** Aquitaine
La Carabasse **** Languedoc
Les Rives de Condrieu **** Rhône-Alpes