Stay on a French vineyard? We may dream of owning a French vineyard, but that is an unreachable objective for most of us. However more and more French vineyards are diversifying and encouraging wine tourism by offering holiday accommodation with Bed and Breakfast and self-catering cottages or converted farm buildings. Some have even added an hotel!

France is home to many of the best wines in the world and some of the most famous and expensive and it is some of these fine chateaux that now welcome visitors to stay and enjoy the surroundings, visit the wine cellars and taste (and purchase) the wine.

France produces a wide range of wines and wine styles from the most basic to some highly complex blends, employing a variety of specialist techniques including oak-ageing and late harvesting, depending on the desired wine style ranging from fresh and fruity for early drinking to multi-layered, tannic wines for ageing over many years.

At the other end of the spectrum from the fine wine Chateaux of Bordeaux or Burgundy, wine production is basically a farming activity and the vineyards can be small family farms. Yet many smaller wine domaines have converted old cottages or other buildings on the vineyard into attractive holiday cottages (gites) often surrounded by vines and enjoying spectacular views of the French countryside amidst the routines of a working vineyard.

Others have opened up part of the winemaker’s house or chateau to provide Bed and Breakfast (chambres d’hote) in comfortable rooms with modern facilities – Stay on a French vineyard

Follow the links at the top of the page or see our summary list of Vineyard accommodation in France

We also feature a selection of UK vineyard stays and wine hotels GB flag