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five freewheeling walks in the vineyards

It’s rolling for wine tourism. In a sidecar, a “deudeuche”, a solex, a combi or a buggy, 5 short tours in the French vineyards from the grape to the cellar. To be reserved at the domain or via the platform.

The climates of Burgundy in a sidecar

Itinerary large mop. We start from Meursault, capital of the great whites of Burgundy where Louis de Funès and Bourvil shot several epic scenes of this cult film. And off we go for the road movie of the mosaic of the Climats of Burgundy classified since 2015 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Puligny-Montrachet, the castle of La Rochepot and its glazed tile roof, we go on the former Nationale 6 – a retro nod to the Paris-Italy transhumances of the sixties – then after a “full view” stopover on the divine wines of the Côte-d’Or, return to square one via Pommard and its 28 Climats. A fun and smart way to discover this iconic vineyard in duo and vintage fashion.

Retro Tour and from €49 on

The vineyard of Gulf of Saint-Tropez in 2CV

You will travel the roads of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez aboard your vintage car (2CV or méhari) with your expert in wine and vineyards of the region. Press picture

Again, clap start of an oeno-saga. We embark on a general tour in the mythical 2CV of the Gendarmes of Saint-Tropez. If only it’s not a good sister – it’s better for gagging! – but a vineyard expert who leads the ride. Departure from Cogolin (or from the place of your choice in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez on request), passing, of course, through the gendarmerie and the old port of Saint-Tropez then towards the Château de Pampelonne in Ramatuelle with an incursion in the vineyards and tasting. Then it starts again, hair in the wind, via Grassin, for the Domaine de la Madrague in Gigaro: initiation to the secret of winemaking and warm-up in the domain before a new tasting. A half-day that can also be done by Mehari.

Beyond The Wine, 38 Imp. de la Poste, 83420 La Croix-Valmer. From 180€/pers. .

The slopes of Layon in solex

Get on a solex and set off to explore the vineyard, followed by a visit to the cellar and a tasting of the estate’s wines with a snack. Pied-Flond / Photo press

To the south of Angers, 3 hours from Paris, the Anjou vineyard is the kingdom of very pretty wines and sweet crus from the Loire Valley. Quart de chaume, thatch without forgetting the famous Coteaux-du-Layon… These sweets with notes of quince and honey but with intense freshness, deserve the discovery. And why not in solex? The family estate of Pied-Flond, in Terranjou, has refurbished a whole fleet of these star mopeds of the 1960s, of which BB was the ambassador, it was not just Harley Davidson to make the beauty quiver! On the program, a trip through the vineyards and over the troglodyte houses and mills that make up the charm of the Angevin countryside. And, once on the ground, plunge into the cellar of the estate installed in an old 15th century seigneury.

Wine & So’lex, Pied-Flond estate, Martigné-Briand 49540 Terranjou. 49 € / pers. Domain of Pied-Flond .

The champagne route in a Volkswagen combi

Like chic hippies, escape in a van on the champagne tourist route aboard the mythical Volkswagen Combi for an authentic disconnection off the beaten track. Press picture

Be happy, be combi : in Marcilly, a small village in the heart of the Marne Valley, Eric and Nadine, today at the head of the Lévêque Dehan family champagnes, had the good idea to rehabilitate the grandfather’s combi for a ” on the road again “. Winegrower-driver-storyteller, Eric makes him take the path of the vines to a secret spot on the banks of the Marne for a first tasting pop. We get back in the combi and off we go again for the left bank, right on the hillside this time, at a place called Beauregard: 180° view and contemporary vine lodge for this second “cool bubbles” break. Champagne in freestyle and good trip mode, 1h30, guaranteed.

Champagne Lévêque Dehan, 2 Rue des Lilas 02850 Barzy-sur-Marne. From €39 /pers. (2 mini, 8 maxi, reservation on 03 23 70 32 41).

Lhe northern Rhône valley by buggy

The buggies allow access to the surroundings of the vineyards in order to benefit from the explanations of the wine expert in the field and to discuss the theme of wine. Press picture

Discovering the vineyards of Saint-Joseph, Cornas, Saint-Péray, Crozes-Hermitage… in a buggy, that’s the good wine plan offered by Terres de Syrah, the wine tourism center of the Cave de Tain. And you don’t need to be a driving virtuoso or a wine theoretician to embark on the adventure. On the buggy side, automatic gearbox and ease of handling, it rolls easy. In terms of all-terrain information, a wine expert is there to guide and comment on the bagel which ends with an enlightened tasting in the cellar. Another option, you can also go “upwind” to attack the hill of the Hermitage in Segway. Depending on the dates, buggy or Segway, different circuits are offered. And for bands of 6 shipments can be arranged on request.

Terres de Syrah, 22 route de Larnage 26600 Tain L’Hermitage. Buggy ride from €150/2 people, Segway ride from €72/pers.

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