French road trip


A recent thread recommended a wine from Collioure, which got me thinking about a holiday I have planned for this summer. In essence we’ll be staying in and around Collioure for a couple of weeks in August but are taking the opportunity for a bit of a relaxed road trip down from Calais to get to the South of France. Our planned route south down takes us through Champagne, Burgundy and the Rhone, then along the Med coast to Collioure. On the return we plan to head back up the western side of France taking in Bergerac, Bordeaux and the Loire.

Our dates are a little flexible, but if you had one day only in each of those main regions - where would you stop to visit a vineyard or take in lunch etc?

All recommendations welcome, and I hope to report back later in the year!

Thanks in advance :sunglasses:

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Sounds like a dream trip! I love Montpellier, but perhaps Avignon or Nimes might be a more pituresque place to stop. I hope you’ll report back with pics after the event!

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To celebrate my 50th birthday in 2007 we had a cycling holiday in Burgundy. One of the highlights was a lunch with matched wines at Domaine Leflaive in Puligny. We booked it in advance and as cyclists were the worst dressed folk at the meal but we and no one else cared. You’d need an overnight stay somewhere nearby within walking distance or a taxi ride. There are complementary breathelisers available at the end of proceedings! We failed but still managed to cycle safely to our next destination on a traffic free route.


There’s a great little restaurant and bar perched in the trees near Verzy which in turn is fairly close to Reims. Its called Perching bar…

The centre of Reims is also nice with plenty of lovely restaurants situated around little squares with good food and wine/Champagne.
For Burgundy, you cant go wrong heading to Beaune and taking a quick tour of the hospices de Beaune before diving into one of the many wonderful restaurants. Other than that there is always Chateau de Pommard who have recently I believe re-opened their restaurant. It has a beautiful setting and well worth a visit.

There are also some lovely restuarants in the centre of Nuit-saint- George, however its worth checking opening times as we found last year that lots didn’t open through the day and some of the villages were virtually like ghost towns in August.
Tour in the Loire is a gastronomical delight! You will find every possible type of food here and the Place de Plumeau is worth a visit :+1:


Collioure is packed in the tourist season and is a nightmare, but Port Vendres is a good base with quayside restaurants as is Banyuls which has its own vineyard area, famous for its sweet wines, this list is as good as any for the region.

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A couple more Banyuls wineries making lovely wines. Domaine du Traginer and also Madeloc. From memory both have an outlet in the town too.

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Are you still planning to make the trip?

Olivier Leflaive has a lovely restaurant with tasting menu focused on their great wines. Also a vineyard and winery tour available

Chapoutier have a lovely gite on the Hermitage hill. Their cellar door is also very good

Pinson are worth looking for in Chablis but it’s a much smaller operation

Let us know how the plans develop!!