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France is known as the ultimate country for wine enthusiasts and gourmets. Next to selected grape varieties which grow in preferred locations and form the basis for these excellent wines the French cuisine has an outstanding global reputation. Spend your holiday home vacation in the land of culinary delights! We would like to present you some typical holiday home regions where food and drink plays an important role. Prepare these delicacies in your holiday home kitchen exactly matching your own personal taste.

Champagne
Champagne is world famous for its excellent sparkling wine. This fine drop is best enjoyed in a stylish château so typical for this region. The champagne though is not only a delight in its fluid form as it is great to cook with and imaginative desserts can be made with it too. How about a champagne sorbet with raspberries or pineapple?
Alsace
Alsace is known for its number of high quality wines. A small special feature is Pinot Noir with a cherry like aroma that is the only rosé wine produced in Alsace. Alsace wines are perfectly complemented by tarte flambée and quiche, a hearty and bacon filled pastry which also tastes nice with a Federweisser. You will find a great number of picturesque timber houses along the Alsace wine route with Riquewihr, one of the wine growing centres of the region. The smallest house in the village was converted into a holiday home for two people.

Burgundy
Burgundy is one of the most famous wine growing regions on the globe. From grape varieties Pinot Noir and Gamay red wines and from Chardonnay and Aligoté white wines are made. Burgundy offers excellent opportunities to try your hand with French cuisine. The ingredients are available at the market, in delicatessen shops or directly from the producer. You should definitely try Pain d'épices that is a spice bread or Dijon mustard. Next to simpler holiday apartments and houses guests can also opt for more historical châteaus.

Provence

Many associate never ending and lovely scented lavender fields with the Provence. For that the name is less connected with wine. Mainly full-bodied red and rosé are made as the varieties are spoilt by the sun. The most famous wine growing area in the Provence is Côtes-du-Rhône. Experience wine growing up close and rent a holiday home in one of the wine towns such as this holiday apartment in Provence style (Objekt Nr. 9188). It is part of a holiday residence and particularly provides families with children as well as sport enthusiasts a wide range of recreational activities.
Languedoc-Roussillon
The largest wine growing region in France is situated in the South French Languedoc-Roussillon. Here the majority of French table wines and vin de pays are produced. Despite their simplicity they in most cases taste good and are ideally served with snails, seafood or cheese specialties (Pelardon, Perail and Crottin de Chèvre). Torreilles-Plage is the perfect starting point to explore Languedoc-Roussillon and at the same time enjoy beach life. The recently built holiday residence provides a large wellness offer as well as diverse sport options.
Bordeaux
Compared to Languedoc-Roussillon Bordeaux is more linked with elegant wines with a particular focus on red wines. These wines are Cuvées from the grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. These fine wines are best enjoyed with regional specialties such as lamb or oysters. The ideal dessert would be canelés, a bundt fan shaped cakes refined with rum and vanilla. Typical for this region are rustic stone houses that now are frequently rented to holiday home guests.



Cognac

The brandy cognac is made from white wine that is grown in the region that carries the same name. After distillation the cognac matures in storage for many years until it gets its full bodied taste.

Rochefort is in the heart of Cognac and just a few kilometres away from the Atlantic coast. The cheese that carries the same name does not come from here as it is actually produced in Belgium. In order to find out more about the local delicacies rent a cosy studio for two persons.
Calvados
The region Calvados that is part of the Normandy is known for its three “C”s: Brandy Calvados, Cidre and the meat of the Charolais cattle. Next to these regional specialties the Normandy captivates with its rugged beauty. Watch the turn of the tide at the coast  and let wind whip around your ears. The Norman experience is enhanced further by staying in a typical local property so characteristic for this region.


Choose your ideal property from more than 24,000 holiday apartments and houses

atraveo unfortunately does not offer wine and other more stronger spirits. Instead with us you can choose between more than 24,000 holiday apartments and houses in France. By the way our offer range has been recommended by the Provence Travel Guide of DuMont.

In order not to lose sight the great number of customer reviews can provide a good guide. Holiday home guests who have been there tell you of their experience and impressions. This for example is how atraveo customer Eckhard from Saarbrücken rated the holiday house in the Provence.

Parlez-vous français?
If you want to spend a vacation in France it is recommended to at least have some basic French language skills. It makes it easier to communicate with the owners and get to know the country and people better. Regardless where you spend your France vacation it is a great chance to improve or refresh your language expertise.

In case you need further inspiration we recommend some further blogs which have been compiled on France:

Burgundy – Wine, hiking routes and World Heritage Sites
Corsica – With hiking shoes and swimming attire
Aquitaine - Rendezvous at the Atlantic Coast
Côte d'Azur – Towards the sun
Provence – Lavender scent & antique treasures