Dear waterway tourism fans,
Les Canalous invite you to discover the diversity of our French vineyards through our bases in Western, Eastern and Central France. What better than to combine relaxation with tasting Grands Crus ?
Given the wealth of wine that France has to offer, a second newsletter devoted to this subject will be out soon…
Enjoy your reading !
// The Alsace Wine Route
Riesling takes pride of place in the Lower Rhine. Upon reaching the heart of the wine region 1 hour 15 minutes from base, Eguisheim will offer you the choice between Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris.
15 minutes from base, close to the border with Germany, a small enclave forms the vineyard of the region of Wissembourg. More than 50 Alsatian winegrowing areas are classified as AOC Grands Crus through the Wine Route extending 170 km from north to south, at the foot of the Vosges. What are you waiting for ? Get tasting !
// Cognac brandy
You can visit regional distilleries to learn more about the manufacturing of this alcohol, which involves many steps. Enotourism is very much on the agenda, with guided tours and gourmet circuits. After your visit to Cognac, you’ll definitely be well equipped to choose your own brandy and, why not, enjoy it aboard your boat !
// The Wines of Pays de la Loire
During your trip, you’ll have the opportunity to taste Saumur, Rosé d’Anjou and Cabernet. In the Loire Valley, wine indeed represents a real model, both cultural and historical. It’s an integral part of the “good living” culture that has developed in the region. Your programme can include visits to wine cellars and estates, initiation and tasting sessions, not forgetting all the fun activities on offer centred around the wine theme.
// The inimitable wines of Burgundy
Set off from Pontailler sur Saône, near the vineyards of Côte d’Or, the regional Mecca for Grands Crus. This wine region, nicknamed the Champs Elysées, is a paradise for Pinot Noir and produces mostly red wines. Set off from Coulanges and you’ll immediately find yourself in the Chablis wine region, where you’ll be able to enjoy the famous wine of the same name. Coulanges is also at the heart of Grand Auxerrois, which is divided into 4 terroirs : Auxerrois, Tonnerois, Vézelien and Jovinien. So many choices with a palette of amazing flavours mean you’re sure to succumb to Burgundy’s charms.
Set off from Louhans towards Chalon sur Saône to enjoy the Côte Chalonaise wine region, cradle of Crémant de Bourgogne. Several grape varieties are grown in this area, although Chardonnay and Pinot Noir dominate. Your trip to Louhans will also give you the opportunity to discover Maconnais, a double-faceted wine growing area that produces powerful white wines with rich aromas.