Vacqueyras and the Côtes du Rhône

With tree-lined shaded streets, Vacqueyras has a number of hotels and café/restaurants, a village with an ancient centre which is interesting to explore. Nearby Beaumes-de-Venise is also fascinating to explore with its narrow alleyways leading up to the top of the hill around which the village clusters.

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Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny, Loire Valley

In the heart of the Loire Valley south of Blois, Cheverny is best known for its classic Loire Chateau rather than its wines, which remain relatively obscure. Yet such is their quality that Parisians regularly head 200km down the autoroute at the weekend to stock up!

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