There are many things that people love about traveling to Europe. It offers historic sites, amazing natural beauties, architectural marvels, unique food, and hundreds of places to visit. One of my favorite aspects about it is definitely its wine tours.
I love drinking wine, so visiting wineries is an absolute must for me. Also, it isn’t a secret that whenever I travel to a new place, I like to rent a car and drive around. It allows my family and me to see everything we want to see, and for us to take as much time as we want while doing so. That’s why I came up with a short itinerary that will take you on a fun road trip along a few of the best wine regions of Spain and France.
Best Wine Tours in Spain and France to Do on a Road Trip
La Rioja, Spain
La Rioja, in Spain’s northern area, is well known for its wines under the brand Denomination de Origen Calificada Rioja a huge honor. It occupies a valley that is filled with cute towns and vineyards that produce high-quality grapes that get turned into tasty wine.
A few of the Wineries worth visiting are:
- Bodegas Muga
- Bodegas Lopez de Heredia
- Dinastia Vivanco Wine Museum – museum within a winery
- Bodegas Marques de Riscal
If you are interested in more than wines, you can also check out its gorgeous stone monasteries such as Yuso y Suso. Nature lovers can also hike the trails of Sierra Cebollera National Park. Art lovers should also visit Würth Art Gallery.
Once you have had enough of La Rioja hop in your car and start the four-hour and 30-minute drive through AP-68 towards Prior at. MAP
I always recommend starting the drive early in the morning. This allows you to have some time to rest when you get to the next place before exploring. It makes everything more enjoyable.
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The wines of this region are also under the brand Denominación de Origen. It is located in the southwestern region of Catalonia. Most of the wines produced here are powerful reds. Wine-making culture in Priorat comes from the days of the Romans, but they came to international attention in the 1990s.
Fun Fact: There are only two wine regions in Spain that qualify as DOCa (Denominación de Origen). This is the highest qualification level for a wine region according to Spanish wine regulations.
Wineries Worth Visiting:
- Costers del Siurana (Clos de l´Obac)
- Álvaro Palacios (L´Ermita)
- Clos Mogador
- Mas d´En Gil
Aside from wine tours, there are several hiking trails that take you around the vineyards. You could also visit the local Lead Mines and go on an olive oil tour.
After you have taken a few days to explore the region, hop back in the car and start the six hours drive through AP-7 y A9 to Châteauneuf-du-Pape in France. MAP
One of the reasons that make Chateauneuf du Pape special is the fact that it is known as a versatile wine region for wine and food pairing. Here you will find character-filled red wines with different intensities. Prices also have managed to stay accessible, while the quality of the wines has stayed the same.
The wine varieties produced in Chateauneuf du Pape can be served with everything from grilled beef, veal, pork, game, duck, sausage, and lamb. You can also pair them with stews, braised dishes, assault, and rich seafood dishes.
A few of Wineries that you could visit in Chateauneuf du Pape are:
- Les Caves Saint Charles
- Chateau la Nerthe
Another fun place to go to is Musée du Vin Brotte. A museum with information about local wines through the years.
Aside from vineyards, checking out the local château ruins is a must. It will allow you to learn more about the history of this gorgeous region.
Also, walk along the streets of this cute town. You will find tons of small shops and restaurants worth visiting.
* This post was done in partnership with Alamo, but all opinions are my own.