Here is a quick summary of the different French wine regions you can visit with some idea of what you’ll be tasting and the airports where you can conveniently pick up a rental car.
What to taste: bubbly, of course! From the twin champagne-making centres of Reims and Empernay
Which Airport to pick up your Champagne rental car? Paris Charles de Gaulle car hire or Paris Orly Airport car hire.
What to taste: sweet and scented white wines
Where to get your Alsace car rental? Strasbourg Airport car hire or Mulhouse-Basle car rental both within a reasonable range of this wine region.
What to taste: Pinot Noir for the red, Chardonnay for the white and Beaujolais Nouveaux for the fun of it.
Where to get your Burgundy hire car? Lyon Airport car hire (Lyon Satolas – Saint Exupery) is the closest.
What to taste: great white wine from the Chenin Grape and lusty, fruity reds from the Cabernet Franc.
Where to get your Loire Valley hire car: Tours Airport car hire
What to taste: a huge region with a great variety of wines with great aging potential — Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab Franc and dessert wines from the Sauterne grape.
Where to start your Bordeaux car hire tour: Bodeaux Airport car rental.
What to taste: red wine from Syrah and white wines from Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier.
Where to get your Rhone region car hire: Avignon Airport car hire, or Nimes Airport car hire.
What to taste: historians agree that this is where wine production started. Most of the wine produced here is Rose.
Where to get your Provence Region car hire: Avignon Airport car hire
What to taste: a veritable carnival of wines from a number of different grapes, the likes of which are rarely found elsewhere in the world, let alone France.
Where to get your South-West region car hire: Toulouse Airport car hire
What to taste: mostly reds but some very interesting whites from the biggest continuous wine growing region in the world.
Where to get your Languedoc-Roussillon car hire: Nimes car hire and Perpignan car hire.
So there is plenty of variety to suit anybody's wine tasting needs. Flying to a particular airport and renting a car once you get there is a great way to explore your taste buds. If you are looking for a car hire deal, check out Vroom Vroom Vroom to get the best deal on your airport car hire. Happy hunting!
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