The national symbol of France may be the rooster, but today, you’re joining the soaring aves for a bird’s eye view of one of the most pristine wine-growing areas in the world. Taking to the skies with a hyperlocal owner of a vineyard estate, a proprietor born and raised in the fertile Saint-Emilion region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, you are just a short drive away from the ancient city of Bordeaux.
As you ascend above the Dordogne River - snaking its way through endless tracts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot - you are treated to a locavore picnic, replete with the finest garbure, foie gras, and macarons this side of Ladurée. While enjoying your meal, the vineyard owner will be tempting you with history lessons and anecdotes about your surroundings, offering you his/her personal favorites and off-the-beaten-path recommendations.
After returning to terra firma, you will be able to visit your companion’s wine estate, learn about the winemaking process, and even show off your prowess as a budding sommelier. You may want to take periodic breaks in glasses, however, as you have the entirety of the Saint-Emilion region at your disposal.