10 Great Wine Châteaux in France

Spend your Vacation in a Hotel on a French Vineyard

    This list of great wine châteaux in France gives you the opportunity to discover a part of French history and culture. These serene and luxurious accommodation choices in beautiful regions slightly off the beaten track offer outstanding products that have made French wine famous all around the world.

    Spending your vacation in a French vineyard hotel allows you to learn about wine making from passionate people who love to share their knowledge. The selected winery hotels below are located all around the most renowned wine-growing regions of France, from Bordeaux to Burgundy and from the Loire Valley to the hills of Provence. Enjoy the tour, cheers!

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    Château la Tour Carnet

    Wine region: Haut-Médoc

    Established since the Middle Ages and classified as Grand Cru since 1855, Château la Tour Carnet is one of the oldest Bordeaux wines produced in the Médoc region. A stay in one of the 2 suites available in the castle is like travelling back in time in sumptuous historical settings. During your luxurious stay at Château la Tour Carnet, you’ll learn about the subtleties of wine making, stroll through the well-maintained domain, and sample the exceptional wines produced on site. 

    Location: Darrous, Saint-Laurent-Médoc, France

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    Château de Besseuil

    Wine region: Macon-Clessé

    Located in Clessé, in the heart of the Burgundy region, Château de Besseuil is a 16th-century castle that hosts genuine vintage suites, modern rooms, wine estate, enoteca (wine library) and gastronomic restaurant. Literally surrounded by vineyards, Château de Besseuil offers a great place to discover the richness of the Burgundy wines in timeless settings equipped with all the modern comfort required to spend a pleasant vacation – including a swimming pool. The dynamic team at Château de Besseuil can help you discover all things wine, from the production to the art of degustation. 

    Location: Route Rousset, Clessé, France

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    Château Grand Barrail

    Wine region: Saint Emilion

    Château Grand Barrail is a splendid 19th-century castle located in Saint-Émilion, near Bordeaux, which is considered the French wine capital city. The castle is a stylish 4-star hotel and spa which is a first-class place to stay, especially if you’re a wine lover. The property produces the Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac Grand Cru, an excellent red wine reputed for its finesse and robust structure.

    Location: Route de Libourne, Saint-Émilion, France

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    Château de Bagnols

    Wine region: Brouilly

    Dated back to the 13th century, Château de Bagnols is a very well-preserved fortress located in a hilly region some 25 km northwest of Lyon, the French gastronomy capital city. The 27 rooms and suites of the castle feature modern amenities inserted in splendid old-time settings, and the restaurant is run by a Michelin-starred chef. Positioned on the ‘Route du Beaujolais’, Château de Bagnols hosts an impressive wine cellar and it organises excursions to nearby wine estates.

    Location: Le Bourg, Bagnols, France

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    Château de Panisseau

    Wine region: Bergerac

    Château de Panisseau sits in Dordogne between the Loire Valley and the Pyrenees, a region reputed for its gastronomy and for the Bergerac labels. The castle dates back to the 12th century, but some of the vineyards that surround it can be traced back to AD 281. The rooms are settled in a stylish cottage that overlook the castle, and a great choice of wine-related excursions and activities are at hand for you to discover the Bergerac wines produced at Château de Panisseau.

    Location: Panisseau, Thénac, France

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    Château de Jonquières

    Wine region: Terrasses du Larzac-Languedoc

    Located on the southwest outskirts of Narbonne, about 10 km from the Mediterranean Sea, Château de Jonquières is listed as a Historic Monument and it features 4 guestrooms. This family-run wine domain dates back to the 12th century and is specialised in organic wines. Here, you have the opportunity to discover, sample and purchase genuine red, white and rosé AOC Larzac Terraces in Languedoc wines. The castle is absolutely charming, right in line with the friendliness of the owners of the place.

    Location: Domaine de Jonquières, Narbonne, France

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    Château de Berne

    Wine region: Côtes de Provence

    Château de Berne offers the perfect luxury getaway for a relaxing vacation in the famous hills of Provence. The 18th-century castle is entirely dedicated to well-being and it’s equipped with top-notch amenities. At the same time 5-star hotel with spa, vineyard, and gourmet restaurant, you’ll discover in this estate established since the Roman’s occupation of Gaules, an excellent choice of rosé, white and red wines produced from a great variety of grapes including Syrah, Sémillon, and Cabernet Sauvignon, to name just a few.

    Location: Route De Salernes, Flayosc, France

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    Château de l’Oiselinière

    Wine region: Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur lie

    The Château de l’Oiselinière and its vineyards have been established since the 14th century, about 20 km southeast of Nantes. The castle itself was entirely rebuilt in the early 19th century. Here, you'll stay in a genuine vintage atmosphere and décor. You'll have the opportunity to discover and enjoy an excellent variety of white Muscadet wines. Walk around the domain in company of the owner, stop by the cellar to taste the latest vintage, Château de l’Oiselinière takes you for a ride through time and through the flavours of a reputed wine from the west of France.

    Location: L'Oiselinière, Gorges, France

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    Domaine de Cabasse

    Wine region: Côtes du Rhône-Villages

    Surrounded by vineyards, the Domaine de Cabasse is a lovely 3-star hotel at which you can both enjoy a pleasant time in the hilly and sunny region of the Rhône Valley, and discover one of the most popular French wines, the Côtes du Rhône. 7 labels in red, white and rosé are produced in and nearby the domain. Besides the wine-related excursions and activities, the Domaine de Cabasse features a heated swimming pool and offers cooking lessons.

    Location: Route De Sablet, Seguret, France

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    Château Les Carrasses

    Wine region: Pays d’Oc

    Château Les Carrasses is a splendid 19th-century castle and wine domain located 16 km northeast of Narbonne in the Hérault department. Featuring rooms ensuring total privacy, a restaurant, a well-stocked wine cellar and all the facilities of a first-class accommodation choice, it offers a very pleasant place to stay. The winery is located a few kilometres from the castle. Made of different combinations of Syrah, Grenache blanc, Vermentino, Marsanne and Viognier grape varieties, the wines produced at Château Les Carrasses are of an exceptional quality.

    Location: Route de Capestang, Quarante, Capestang, France

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