Authentic France Travel Tip #33: Get Thee to A "Portes-Ouvertes"


This is the time of year where small family run wine domaines all over France host “PortesOuvertes” or literally “open doors.” It is the perfect opportunity to taste wine and sample local food in a very sympatique atmosphere.

Here in MagnylesVillers (where La Maison des Deux Clochers is located) our wonderful neighbourhood wine Domaine, Domaine NaudinFerrand puts on a legendary Portes Ouvertes every May – this year it will be next weekend (May 16 &17th).

Select winemakers from around France are invited, bands play, merguez cook on the BBQ, and everyone has a wonderful time. My parents got such an earful about it that they actually planned their trip this year in order to be able to join in the fun.

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Franck’s really hoping this fetching winemaker will be there again. As for me, I really doubt that Clem will be in her stroller sleeping this year. She’ll probably be dancing or eating corks off the floor instead.

So if you see a sign for a “PortesOuvertes” as you are travel the wine roads of France, arrêtezvous!

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