9. LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON, FRANCE
For music-loving wine enthusiasts, the hottest ticket of the year is Jazz à l’Hospitalet, an annual festival organized by renowned winemaker Gérard Bertrand. Hosted at Bertrand’s 38-bedroom Château l’Hospitalet — a biodynamically farmed wine estate — the event takes place over a five-day period every summer.
By no means is this event the only reason to visit the region. Bertrand’s estate is located just outside the town of Narbonne, which lies inside the Corbières AOC. The most important appellation within the Languedoc-Roussillon region, Corbières has five established wine routes encompassing dozens of wineries that focus on organic and biodynamic viticulture. Narbonne itself is just a 10-minute drive from the Mediterranean Sea — a prospect that’s made all the more enticing by the year-round sunny Mediterranean climate.
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