I will continue the search for wines and other drinks along the Tour de France route, in 2017. As the route was presented last Tuesday, we now know what to search for, although the Tour de France oraniser holds back details, meaning that we will have to wait until June 2017 before we have the complete picture.
It has been known for a long time that Tour de France 2017 will start with at Time Trial in Düsseldorf in Germany, and that stage 2 will start in Düsseldorf. But the way from Düsseldorf was not published before last Tuesday.
I was a bit disappointed when I saw stage 2, going from Düsseldorf to Liege in Belgium. The Tour has started or gone through Belgium many times. Belgium is the most interesting beer country. But this time I was hoping for a chance to cover som of the excellent German wines from Mosel or the Rhine. Düsseldorf is on the Rhine, but too far north for wine production, meaning that it will be German and Belgium beer from the first two stages.
Stage 3 goes in Luxembourg. Luxembourg is more known for banking that for its beer and wine, although they produce some wine in Luxembourg. But it is bordering to Saarland and the Mosel region in Germany. Maybe we will sneak across the border to get some German wine.
Stage 4 is in France. Lorraine is not among the more interesting wine regions in France. But it ends in Vittel, meaning the we have to get some water. Stage 5 takes us into the Vosges, with a mountain top finish at La Planche des Belles Filles. From there. If we go down on the other side, the wine regions of Alsace is not too far away. Maybe we will go there to pick up a few bottles of wine.
Stage 6 ends not too far from Chablis, so we may go there to get some bottles of wine. We will probably be closer to Chabils on stage 7. But this stage ends in the heart of Burgundy, Nuits-Saint-Georges. So we will probably get wine at the finish. Stage 8 will take us into Jura, for more interesting wine. Stage 9 starts in Jura, goes through Bugey and ends in Savoie. After stage 9, the riders will have a rest day, with transfer to Périgueux in Dordogne.
The start of stage 10, Périgueux is a nice town in the interesting Perigord district. But for wine, we’d rather wait until the finish in Bergerac. The wine districts in the area traversed by stage 11 are scattered over a large area, and we need more details before deciding which ones to cover. But it seems that we will go through Armagnac. We will, as almost every year, get some wine from Jurançon. But it rest to be decided if this will be for stage 11 or stage 12. On the way into the mountains, it is difficult to find interesting wine. There are not very much interesting wine along stage 13, but we will find some. I think we will find some wine along stage 14, but stage 15 into Massif Central will be a challenge. After stage 15 there will be another rest day.
Stage 16 will be a warm up before the Alps. It will cross the Rhône valley, where we will find good wine. But we to not have enough details to see where it will cross Rhône, and which wines to choose. Stage 17 is a mountain stage with Alp classics like Col de la Croix de Fer , Galibier and col de Télégraphe. Stage 18 from Briançon to Izoard will also be a challenge. Stage 19 will take us into Porvence, where we will find some wine. Stage 20 is a short time trial in Marseille. Here we will have wine from the costal districts in Porvence, for instance Bandol.
The final is into Paris, as usual. I starts south of Paris, not far from Orly airport. There are some wine grown in this area. But for the final, the wine will be as every year: Champage.
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