While Christmas preparations may be well underway, there’s still time for a quick break before the festivities go full swing. Whether you have a day or a whole week, we’ve picked out some of our favourite winter events that you can easily escape to – not to mention some great deals on your ferry crossing. Go exploring through snow-nipped vineyards, try tasty treats and ice skating at Europe’s best Christmas markets, or simply kick back and relax for an all-inclusive treat on our festive minicruise – you may even get some festive shopping in while you’re at it. Read on for our top tips and discounts for a cheap pre-Christmas break.
Although the birthplace of wine can be traced back to a cave in Armenia around 4000 BC, France has long been the beacon of viticulture. This is a country that has produced some of the finest vintages in history, and its regions lend their name to almost all grape varieties. Whether you’re a snob for a Southern hemisphere Sauvignon or favour a California Pinot Noir, you probably have France to thank for it. If you have a car, there should be little to put you off exploring France’s famous wine capitals on a summer road trip. After catching a P&O ferry to Calais, four of the most distinguished wine regions in the world are at your fingertips. Each have their own allures, and here, we delve into what makes each of them unique.
NB: France has a driving law which requires every vehicle to have a breathalyzer on hand at all times. Stay safe and stay overnight locally when choosing to indulge in a few glasses of regionally produced wine.