Discovery circuits

To enhance and promote a wine-growing region, it is possible to create tourist circuits with an educational bias. Conventionally, these trails focused mainly on aspects relating strictly to the wine-growing dimension. It is also interesting to underline a terroir’s characteristics with, for example, a simple description of the visual evidence of local geological history (fossils, rocks, pebbles), possibly accompanied by a cross-section of the ground. The biodiversity associated with the vineyards can be underlined, with identification of the typical plants.

The wine-growing landscape is a learning medium for a younger public in liaison with teachers. This topic takes in numerous disciplines (geology, biology, history, religion, etc.), enrich applied teaching, passing on to younger generations the culture of vineyards and wine. This educational approach can be enriched with the input of educational documents supplied to teachers and students by the professional organisations.


Château-Chalon, Jura, France

The example of Alsace
In Alsace, twenty-four wine-growing communes have marked out walking itineraries in the heart of the vineyards. The circuits are dotted with signage and panels illustrating the vineyard cultivation process, the distinctions between different grape varieties and the art of wine-making. These signs and panels re the result of collaboration between the Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins d'Alsace and the Association des Viticulteurs d'Alsace.

The cadoles of Champagne
Similarly, in Champagne, the cadoles or lodges, situated on the Côte des Bars are features of tourist circuits winding through the vineyards, woods and villages.
These dry-stone constructions bear witness to the people of an age-old cultural heritage.


Cadole, Champagne, France