Pour de France

Liquor Barons has teamed up with Elite Racing Cycles and Pedal Mafia, to give you the chance to win a $5,000 voucher from Elite Racing Cycles and runner up prizes from Pedal Mafia.

To qualify you have to be a Barons Advantage Club member, visit your local Liquor Barons then make sure you swipe your rewards card or quote your member number when you buy any of the 9 brands featured on the Liquor Barons page.

The famous Tour de France starts in Brussels this Saturday 6 July and ends Sunday 28 July.  This year is the 106th Tour de France and is comprised of 21 stages covering a distance of 3,460 km (2,150 miles).

The Tour travels through some spectacular French countryside as well as famous wine regions including:


Tour de France overall route
SOURCE: www.letour.fr/en/overall-route

Reims and Épernay in Champagne

Champagne is made in the famous Champagne region, a 45 minute train ride east of Paris. The three Champagne towns; Épernay, Reims and Ay cover 34,500 hectares. Reims with the largest of the 3 towns in the region is 144 kilometres east of Paris. The climate here is continental climate; cold and wet where frosts and hail and rain can be a hazard and grapes can struggle to ripen.

 Champagnes at Swanny Cellars include:

  • Louis Roederer
  • Moët & Chandon
  • Veuve Clicquot
  • Ruinart
  • Bollinger
  • Pol Roger
  • Laurent-Perrier
  • Billecart-Salmon
  • Pommery
  • Perrier-Jouët
  • Drappier
  • Dom Pérignon
    Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut NV
  • Taittinger
  • And many more

Map of the Champagne region

Colmar in Alsace

In Alsace the only red grape planted is Pinot Noir. Out of the white grapes, Riesling is the most planted followed by Pinot Blanc, Gewürztraminer and Sylvaner then Pinot Gris and in small amounts is Muscat. East of the Vosges mountains there is less rainfall here and there is lots of sun. There are 50 Grand Crus in Alsace.

Swanny Cellars stocks one wine from Alsace:

  • Gentil “Hugel” (a blend of Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Riesling)


Chalon-sur-Saône and Mâcon in Burgundy

The climate varies from continental in Chablis in the north to warmer and sunnier in Beaujolais. The main grape varieties grown in the region are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Some Sauvignon Blanc is grown and produced in Saint-Bris. Beaujolais is home to the Gamay grape where the grapes are hand harvested and instead of being crushed, whole bunches are placed into a vat where they undergo carbonic maceration leading to wines that are more fruit and perfumed dominated.

Burgundy is made up of comprises of five regions:

  1. Chablis and the Yonne
  2. Côte de Nuits & Côte de Beaune
  3. Côte Chalonnaise (just to the west of Chalon-sur-Saône)
  4. Mâconnais (just to the west of Mâcon)
  5. Beaujolais


Wines from Burgundy at Swanny Cellars includes:

  • Christian Moreau
  • Patrick Piuze
  • Domaine Christophe et Fils
  • Domaine William Fèvre
  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie and Chiroubles

France wine map

Limoux and Nîmes in Languedoc-Rousillon

The region borders the Mediterranean spanning from the town of

Banyuls-sur-Mer near the border of Spain along to the coast east to the city of Montpellier. Wines from the Languedoc-Rousillon are made from red grapes such as Carignan, Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah as well as the white; Muscat, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Mauzac. The appellation areas include Minervois, St-Chinian, Corbières, Côtes du Rousillon,

Swanny Cellars stocks a few wines from this region including:

  • Chapoutier Domaine de Bila Haut
  • Château Saint Jacques d’Albas in the Minervois
  • Domaine Pierre Cros Vieilles Vignes in the Minervois

Albertville in the Savoie Wine Region

The Savoie Wine Region is located to the east of France, on the border of Switzerland.  Grapes grown in the Savoie include Jacquère , Roussette, Chasselas, Rousanne and Chardonnay. Gamay is the most widely planted red with a little Mondeuse and Pinot Noir.

Swanny Cellars stocks one wine from this region:

  • Domaine de Chatillon Vin de Savoie (Gamay grape)


Drop in and ask us about these wines!

The competition ends 28 July.  More information is at liquorbarons.com.au/pour-de-france-2019

Information about the above wine regions was sourced from Oz Clarke’s Wine Atlas. Full reference details are: Clarke, O. (2002). Oz Clarke’s Wine Atlas Wines and Wine Regions of the World. 2nd ed. London: Little, Brown.