Destination of the month: French Wine Regions
Known for its renowned wines and considered one of the best wine regions in the world, Bordeaux is also a city filled with cafes, gardens and museums. Often referred to as “Little Paris”, Bordeaux was built on the banks of the Garonne River that is best explored by foot. Touring the vineyards and sampling the local wines are one of the greatest pleasures of Bordeaux. Some of the most famous wines are produced here, including Château Haut Brion, Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Margaux.
The third largest city in France, Lyon is the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region in Southeastern France. The city center reflects 2,000 years of history between the Roman Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules, medieval and Renaissance architecture in Vieux Lyon. Officially named a UNESCO World Heritage site, Lyon is filled with Michelin-starred restaurants, museums, and history. It is also located between the vineyards of Beaujolais and Burgundy to the north and Côtes Du Rhône to the south.
Nantes – Loire:
Located on the banks of the Loire River, Nantes has a long history as a port and industrial center. One of the main attractions is the Loire Valley wine region, which consist of three different wine regions – the Upper Loire, Middle Loire and Lower Loire. The Upper Loire is known for Sauvignon Blanc, the Middle Loire is dominated by Chenin Blanc and Cabernat franc wines, while the Lower Loire is dominated by wines of the Melon de Bourgogne grape.