France Self-Drive Wine Tours

Welcome to the world of France wine country tours (scroll to the bottom of this page to see our tours)! We can help you explore the rich and diverse landscapes of French vineyards and taste exquisite wines from the best French wineries.

At France Just For You, we offer a unique range of French winery tours that cater to everyone (such as our France for Wine Lovers tour!), from wine connoisseurs to those just beginning their wine journey. With our custom self-drive wine tours, you'll have the opportunity to explore various wine regions in France and indulge in the finest France wine tasting experiences.

Based on the type of experience you are looking for, we will be happy to organize wine tastings, recommend quaint wineries, or take you on a wine tasting day with a local sommelier, wine guide or wine lover. Whether you prefer strong tannic wines or lighter fruity wines, in France we have something for everyone!

 

French Wine Country Tours: A Journey Through Some of The French Wine Regions

Discover Bordeaux and Beyond

Our France vineyard tours will take you through the picturesque vineyards of Bordeaux, Saint-Émilion, and the Médoc. You'll be able to explore quaint villages, admire the opulent merchants' homes that line the banks of the Garonne river, and stroll along Europe's longest shopping street. By staying in St Émilion, the heart of the Bordeaux vineyards, you'll get a taste of the finest wines the region has to offer away from the tourist crowds.

Browse our sample tours of Bordeaux

The Loire Valley: Where History Meets Wine

We warmly recommend a visit to the Loire Valley (where the France Just For You team is based!), the land of enchanting castles and exceptional vineyards. As you embark on your France wine tours through Chinon, Bourgueil, Vouvray, and more, you'll have the chance to visit charming wineries and experience the region's rich history. Take in the breathtaking sights of the Loire Valley chateaux, including Chambord and Chenonceau. We'll also recommend other hidden gems and less well-known wine-tasting experiences that most tourists don't know about!

Take a look at our Loire Valley tours

Burgundy: Experience the Charm of La Bourgogne

We aim to offer our travelers the best of French wine vacations by taking them off the tourist trail so they can experience 'the real' France'. In the heart of Burgundy, we'll arrange for you to stay in a beautiful B&B house owned by a local wine-making family. From there, you'll be able to explore the region's renowned vineyards and taste some of the world's finest red and white wines. Sébastien, one of the wine guides we work with and a passionate wine expert, will take you on a unique off-road tour of the vineyards (so you can drink wine to your heart's content!), and help you discover the delightful hidden gems of Beaune and Dijon.

Check out our tours of Burgundy, France

Champagne: a Region of Rich History, Allure & Sparkle

A France wine-tasting tour would not be complete without a visit to the world-famous Champagne region! There you'll stay in the areas of Reims, which has a rich history in the world of Champagne production. We will recommend some of our favorite Champagne wineries you can visit on your own, and arrange for you to spend half a day on a customized private tour with an expert Champagne guide. Just let us know your wishes and preferences, and we'll take care of the rest. We'll also help you explore the beauty of Reims and its surroundings and discover local attractions. These include fossils and architecture, lively markets, and a range of places to enjoy delicious cuisine, from small eateries to the finest Michelin-starred restaurants (a wonderful complement to luxury wine tours in France).

Get inspired by our self guided tours in Champagne

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the best time of the year for a wine tour in France?

Any time is a great time for a wine tour in France, especially because we drink and recommend wine-tastings that include older vintages. However, during the summer when it's very hot, it may not be as pleasant as when the weather is cooler. It's also important to keep in mind that wineries are extremely busy during the harvest season - from late August through September - and some may close to the public during this time. Apart from that, each region has its own specific peak seasons, so it's best to research the specific region you plan to visit before deciding on your trip dates. Alternatively, contact us and we will recommend the best time to visit the French wine regions you'd like to visit.

How do I plan a wine trip to France?

At France Just For You, expert trip planners Emilie, Laura and Clelia can plan the perfect custom wine tour of France, tailored to your interests and preferences. From organizing wine tastings and private tours with expert wine guides, to arranging your premium B&B accommodation and car hire, we've got you covered. Just let us know the type of wine, grape variety and French regions (e.g. Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire etc) you like, and we’ll do the rest!

What is the wine capital of France?

This would be a tough battle between Bordeaux (which is often referred to as 'the wine capital of France'), Beaune in Burgundy (world-renowned for its very fine wines) and Reims-Epernay in Champagne. These are the most famous traditional wine cities in France. However, this has changed a lot in recent years, and lots of smaller wine regions produce now excellent wines as well. This means a wine connoisseur could be kept busy for months in France on a comprehensive wine-tasting tour.

Other fine wine-producing regions include the Loire Valley (most famous for its wine wines), Provence (famous for its rosé wines) and Alsace (known for the Alsace wine road). The Basque Country also has its own traditional wine called Irouléguy. If you book a tour with us, let us know your preferences when it comes to wine and the regions in France you would like to visit, and we will plan the perfect France wine tour just for you!

What is the most scenic wine region in France?

In our opinion, the Loire Valley and Alsace are the most scenic wine regions, though each wine region in France has its own unique charm and beauty. The Loire Valley is known for its stunning castles and rolling vineyards, and the Vosges mountains and the Alsace wine road in eastern France are beautifully scenic. In addition, Burgundy offers gorgeous picturesque landscapes and charming villages, and Provence has lovely sceneries that inspired the work of artists like Paul Cezanne and Vincent van Gogh.

We also particularly like smaller vineyards in very scenic places such as Irouléguy in the Basque Country, Caunes Minnervois near Carcassonne, and Bandol or Cassis on the French Riviera, which are gorgeous places.

All our self drive France itineraries will include recommended driving routes that will take you through gorgeous scenery.

Our self guided tours for wine lovers

Duration
16 days
Price
US$ 4860
Region
in Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Dordogne & Provence

France Just For You has organized its own very special Tour de France. No need for a bike but be ready for a great deal of adventure! This itinerary will take you off the beaten path to all the must sees & dos in four of the most enthralling regions of France.

Wine Tasting
Towns & Villages
Gourmet Food
Duration
16 days
Price
US$ 4980
Region
in Normandy, Brittany & Loire Valley

From the landing sites in Normandy to Mont Saint Michel on to Brittany ending in the Loire Valley, this itinerary will have you discover all the history, traditions and gastronomy of the North-West of France.

Wine Tasting
Towns & Villages
Countryside
Duration
20 days
Price
US$ 6580
Region
in Alsace, Burgundy, Loire Valley, Normandy & Paris

From East to West, discover the Northern half of France at your own pace. Visit Alsace, Burgundy, the Loire Valley, and Normandy, ending your wonderful adventure in Paris.

Wine Tasting
Heritage & History
Duration
10 days
Price
US$ 3980
Region
in Burgundy, Alsace & Champagne

On this itinerary, you'll go North-East ! Burgundy, Alsace and Champagne are all located East of Paris and near the Swiss and German borders. Quite unknown, these regions have a lot to discover !

Wine Tasting
Towns & Villages
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 4720
Region
in Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Burgundy & Champagne

This itinerary is designed for gourmet travelers who aim at discovering and learning more about French wines. Our tours also mix heritage, culture, nice walks, gardens, etc. In this tour, you will stay in wineries, by vineyards & in wine towns. An absolute must for wine lovers !

Wine Tasting
Gourmet Food
Countryside
Duration
10 days
Price
US$ 3620
Region
in Verdun, Burgundy & Loire Valley

This itinerary gives a nice overview of the center of France: the Verdun WWI battlefields, the wine and heritage of Burgundy, and ending in the Loire Valley with its gardens, castles and sweet life.

Wine Tasting
WWI & WWII Battlefields
Heritage & History
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 4780
Region
in Champagne, Verdun, Burgundy & Paris

Explore North-Eastern France and jump into French wines & history! Starting in Reims, capital of the Champagne region, you will learn many stories starring Joan of Arc, Marie-Antoinette and a famous widow . . . Clicquot. A private guide will make World War I history come alive, allowing you to get a comprehensive overview of the Verdun battlefields. You will bike and taste wines in Burgundy and finish your journey with flourish in Paris.

Wine Tasting
WWI & WWII Battlefields
Duration
26 days
Price
US$ 7320
Region
in Bordeaux, Dordogne, Basque Country, Carcassonne & Provence

When the South of France is mentionned, many travelers think of Provence. But there is so much more to discover between the South-West and the South-East of France. This 26 day itinerary is designed to give you a very complete tour of the southern part of France, enjoying the gastronomy, heritage, wine, villages, and scenic roads . . . the best that France has to offer.

Wine Tasting
Gourmet Food
Duration
26 days
Price
US$ 7120
Region
in Paris, Loire Valley & Normandy

This itinerary will take you to three of the culturally richest regions of France, at a relaxed pace and away from the beaten tracks. We recommend flying into and out of Paris for this itinerary.

Wine Tasting
Heritage & History
Duration
26 days
Price
US$ 6980
Region
in Burgundy, Dordogne, Bordeaux, Loire Valley & Normandy

This itinerary is for independent travelers who may already know the southern coast of France and who are looking for discovering the “inside” of the country. Five regions that are totally different from each other, showing you the diversity of France.

Wine Tasting
Towns & Villages
Gourmet Food
Duration
26 days
Price
US$ 7750
Region
in Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Provence & French Riviera

Spend about a month traveling from Paris to Nice on the French Riviera and get a real feel for the authentic France!

Wine Tasting
Heritage & History
Countryside
Duration
16 days
Price
US$ 5020
Region
in Basque Country, Carcassonne & Provence

From the rugged Atlantic coast to the azur-colored Mediterranean Sea – experience the diversity of the South of France.

Wine Tasting
Towns & Villages
Art & Museums

Our Travelers’ Reviews

Vania
Emilie did an outstanding job choosing ideal locations, charming B and B's and accommodating our requests. We went from Normandy to Aix to the Alps to Paris and were happy with the entire trip. She created a personalized itinerary that made our travels very easy and our experiences feel unique. No doubt I would recommend France Just for You and …
Lucelle
I was amazed when I came across the website that ALL the reviews were excellent. From the moment I started dealing with Emilie I received amazing service in planning our wonderful trip to France. I will not repeat all the details that are in the previous posts but highlight some of the exceptional service that I received. The booking of the …
Annie & Rob from Australia
We had the most amazing holiday visiting all the wine regions in France fully arranged by France Just For You. Those ladies thought of everything….from parking & fuel station options to fabulous restaurants & patisseries, scenic walks & some of the prettiest villages, chateaus & gardens you’ll ever see. They also shared such a lot of history & fun …

Our Travelers’ Photos

Alan & Lucelle
From South Africa
In Mont Saint Michel at the border between Brittany & Normandy
Georgia & Matt from Australia
Cooking fresh stawberries from Carpentras in Provence
Bruce from Australia
Cooking outdoor in Provence, bon appétit !
Patricia, Brandon, Alyssa & Anika
from Canada
in a cellar in the Loire Valley
Yvette & David
from the US
on the French Riviera, near Nice
Ginger & Tom
from the US
On the Eiffel Tower
Sue & Chris
Romantic night in Montecarlo
Ginger & Tom
from the US
At their B&B in the Loire Valley
Diana & Michael
A glass of wine in the Provence vineyards, what else ?
Maureen & Victor
from the US
Visiting an Abbey in the Loire Valley
Ashish, Kaushiki & Kailash
From the US
In Paris, across the Seine river from the Louvre Museum
Bonnie & her 2 daughters
from Canada
In Ménerbes, Provence