How to do the French wine trail on a budget


France is the premiere destination for a wine tasting tour, with travellers all over the world visiting its enchanting wine roads.

With some advance planning you can enjoy the delights of Champagne-Ardenne, Alsace and Bordeaux without breaking the bank.

Check out our wine friendly tips from rural France and find out how you can live the good life for less. Or as they say in France, la douceur de vivre (the sweetness of living).

Bordeaux on a Budget

Bordeaux wine
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Bordeaux is the capital of southwest France and the region’s largest city. Its long been associated with French wine and traders have maintained their shipping headquarters along the Garonne river. People flock here in their thousands every year to try their best produce.

If you don’t want to spend a fortune in Bordeaux, then head over to the Bar a Vin Ecole du Vin. Here you can get a luxury glass of wine for only €2! You’ll struggle to get better value anywhere in Europe at that price.

Supported by the Bordeaux Wine Council, the bar’s mission is to promote the best French wine to the broadest possible audience. A full range of Bordeaux – red, dry and sweet whites, rosés, Clairets, crémants – can be tasted here on a budget.

Hotel rooms in Bordeaux are available for only €20 per night, on

Champagne-Ardenne drinking tips

Avenue de Champagne
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Épernay is the self-styled capital of champagne and is home to many of the world’s most famous champagne houses.

If you visit Épernay on holiday, then you can drink bubbly everyday without fail. Go for a leisurely stroll along the world’s largest champagne house at Avenue de Champagne and take in the sights during your stay.

For only €15 you can get a bargain tour of Moët’s enormous, 27km-long cellars and a free glass of Moët too!

Hotel rooms nearby Reims are available for only €16 per night, on

Auberges Alsace

Alsace wine
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Alsace is a luxury wine growing region close to the German border. It’s home to world-class wines such as Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer.

Alsace is the perfect place in France to go cycling on holiday. With its rustic villages such as Obernai and Turckheim providing picturesque views of the region, you can cycle and drink wine all day long.

You’ll probably have to stay in the border town of Strasbourg if you’re on holiday in Alsace. Beautiful and affordable you can buy a bottle of wine and sleep cheap for only €11 per night, as you can see on dedicated page.