It’s good to take your foot off the pedal no matter the time of year…

The vineyard transforms as the seasons go by: the lush leaves burnish come autumn. There are myriad lovely walks and bike rides you can do here.

Take to the skies in a hot-air balloon, taste wine at the top of a 200 year old cedar tree, sneak underground to unearth Bordeaux’s treasures and so much more.

And die-hard fans looking to spice up their wine trip won’t be dissapointed: segways, tuk-tuks, bikeboards and sidecars await.

Pulpe's tip

Countless châteaux allow visitors to bring their own picnic to eat in their grounds. It’s the perfect opportunity for a change of scene and a magical moment in a countryside setting. You can even vamp up your hamper with some wine from the château for the perfect lunch break.

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