It’s true: Paris isn’t only the capital of France. It’s perhaps the wine capital of the world. After all, champagne came from France, and wine is a daily part of French dining culture.
If you like other types of French wine, like rosé or Bordeaux wine, then you have France to thank for it. The great thing about Paris is that there, all the best parts of France come together— we’re referring to French wine, French cheese, and French cold meats.
Whether you choose a wine tour, an on-the-spot tasting, or want to hit the wine shops, we’ve got a list of the best wine tasting in Paris.
Best Wine Tasting Places in Paris
Where and When to Go to Ô Chateau
• Hours: (All depending on type of Tasting) / Restaurant Hours: 4pm to midnight
• Location: 68 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, 75001 (Les Halles neighborhood)
• Phone: +33 1 44 73 97 80
Why We Love Ô Chateau
We’re tempted to call this cellar a tour, since that’s what the team of sommeliers make it feel like.
Ô Chateau has a main tasting room, a smaller, private group room, and other areas. Whether you want to go as part of a tour, a small private group, or join some other travelers, the location has plenty of space and options for you.
When you go for a tasting, you’re guaranteed to have a wine specialist, or sommelier, to guide you through the process and explain everything you taste. In fact, you’re able to try a wide variety of wines, from champagne, red, bubbly, blends, and more.
They expanded the location to include a restaurant within the cellar. That way, you’re able to enjoy either simple pairings (cheeses and cured meats) or a full meal with your wine.
The cellar itself and its restaurant is typically available for dining and even corporate events; however, we recommend you go for one of their tasting tours.
Honestly, you should check out their tours page. They have something for just about anyone’s time, preferences, or budget. Hint: If you’re not a French speaker, make sure to specify that you want an English tour! The tours will indicate English or French.
Where & When to Go to Les Caves du Louvre
• Hours: Monday—Saturday, 11am—7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm—6pm
• Location: 52 Rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001
• Phone: +33 1 40 28 13 11
Why We Love Les Caves du Louvre
This particular wine cellar is many people’s favorite, and we really can’t blame them. In fact, it’s historically been a favorite for a while.
It dates all the way back to the 18th century, during which King Louis XV ordered the construction of a mansion with this wine cellar. Louis then started conducting his wine supply business within the caves, through a tunnel network.
Until the revolution, it was also a royal wine cellar. Only recently did they restore the site and renovate it into a public wine cellar.
When you come, you should expect this to feel more like a tour than a simple outing,
At Les Caves du Louvres, you have multiple activities from which to choose. First, there’s the wine tasting under the wing of their master sommeliers.
You can also do their make-your-own wine workshop or explore their wine museum.
The winemaking workshop lasts 2 hours, and you’ll be guided by a sommelier. You get to pick your grape variety, discuss accents and undertones, and blend until you’re satisfied with your very own creation.
When you’re finished with a tasting or a winemaking workshop, you can browse among 300 to 1400 references.
For me, choosing wine can get overwhelming with so many options; however, with the tasting experience and help of the sommeliers, it turns this into an exciting opportunity to learn and have fun.
Where & When to Go to Wine Tasting In Paris
Hours: Tuesday—Saturday, 12pm—8pm (Closed Sunday & Monday)
Location: 14 rue des Boulangers, 75005 (Latin Quarter)
Phone: +33 6 76 93 32 88
Why We Love Wine Tasting In Paris
Something that sets this place apart from the rest is that Wine Tasting in Paris is more than tasting. They describe their experiences as seminars.
While getting tipsy with your best mates or significant other is a lot of fun, the sommeliers make sure you leave more educated and confident about wine.
If you’re a beginner or a wine lover who hasn’t really tried many varieties before, they specialize this experience for customers just like you. You won’t feel any need to already be savvy in wine or embarrassed for not being a wine connoisseur already.
Another great thing they offer is their focus on wine regions rather than just classifications and categories.
You leave getting an immersion in not just French wine but in an integral part of French culture.
This place rests just behind the Roman arena of Paris, in the historic Latin Quarter neighborhood. This makes for a relaxing, yet stimulating atmosphere.
Wine Tasting in Paris’s Burgundian sommelier Thierry Givone created this company and experience in the hopes that he could make wine less intimidating and more interesting for travelers coming to Paris.
He’s a licensed instructor for Bourgogne wines (officially appointed), as well as a member of the Cordon Bleu wine program finals.
In other words, he’s a member out of the 80 most credible wine professionals in the entire world.
Some Great Wine Bars in Paris to Check Out
Where & When to Go to L’Avant Comptoir
• Location: 3 Carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006 (Latin Quarter)
• Hours: Everyday 12pm—11pm
Why We Love L’Avant Comptoir
This is a casual atmosphere with a friendly staff. They specialize in small plates, and they’ll guide you on wine selections if you ask for assistance.
This place is great if you’re in the Latin Quarter and don’t want to go anywhere too intimidating.
Where & When to Go to Septime la Cave
• Location: 3 Rue Basfroi, 75011 (Bastille)
• Hours: Everyday 4pm—11pm
Why We Love Septime la Cave
This place is slightly more upscale, but you can guarantee expert wine pairings and recommendations.
It straddles the Oberkampf and Bastille neighborhoods. Bastille is a famously historic neighborhood, where the national holiday Bastille day is celebrated at the site of its historic namesake prison.
Oberkampf has a bustling nightlife, and this wine place is a great option in which you can kick the night off!
Where & When to Go to Frenchie Bar à Vins
• Location: 6 Rue du Nil, 75002 (Bonne Nouvelle)
• Hours: 6:30pm—11pm
Why We Love Frenchie Bar à Vins
This place in the Bonne Nouvelle area has probably the most to offer out of wine bars. We say most because of its giant wine list.
Learn more about the best wine bars in Paris, and be prepared for a great night out!
Beyond the Capital: Wine Tasting Outside of Paris
Paris is amazing; however, if you have some extra days on your trip, it’s worth visiting outside the capital for a day or two, especially if you’re a wine lover.
Nothing beats going to the source of it. By that, we mean the vineyards and wineries.
Dopff Au Moulin (6+ hours from Paris by car)
How to Book a Trip to Dopff Au Moulin
• Hours: Everyday at 10am—7pm
• Location: 2 Av. Jacques Preiss, 68340 Riquewihr, France
• Distance from Paris: 6+ hours
• Contact for Individuals: +33 (0)389 49 09 51
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This winery dates back to 1574, and it’s family-established. Over 11 generations of family have run this winery, which is famous for its fresh, sparkling white wine.
Their grapes grow on some unique geography in valley rich with clay and marl before the wine is made and aged for an average of 30 years You’ll find all sorts of wines, but they specialize in gewurztraminer, riesling, pinot gris, pinot noir, and pinot blanc.
This is more of an overnight trip than a quick day trip from Paris. You’ll want to hire a driver and find a hotel or airbnb.
Chateau de Goulaine (4 hours from Paris by car)
How to Book a Trip to Chateau de Goulaine
• Hours: 2pm—6:30pm
• Location: All. du Château, 44115 Haute-Goulaine, France
• Contact: +33 2 40 54 91 42 /
If you’re just wanting to squeeze tours outside Paris into day trips, this is one of your best options. It’s just 4 hours out of the capital by car, which you can start in the morning and still be back to Paris by 11pm.
While you’ll find a lot of 17th century elements in its architecture, this place has truly “been in the family” for about a thousand years.
Now, it wasn’t always a winery, and it wasn’t always a public winery at that.
This chateau served as the fortress for the Goulaine family beginning in the middle ages.
There is a lot of history to this chateau, which is why it’s not only a winery but a popular monument in itself.
It’s actually the 3rd oldest business in the world and the single oldest family-owned enterprise in Europe. The estate has Renaissance architecture style, and that’s because the estate dates back to the 16th century.
This place is very family-friendly, too, since they even have workshops for kids.
While it’s free to enter, you’ll need to book a reservation for your group or self if you want a tasting tour.