Enjoying a glass of fine wine after skiing
After an exhausting day skiing in the French Alps, nothing better than a moment of relaxation with friends or family in a friendly environment, with a glass of fine wine.
But how to find the right place with the right atmosphere and where will you feel good? FindHomeAbroad, the new-build ski property specialists, have compiled some of the most fashionable mountain spots in the French Alps where you can taste the best wines in beautiful Alpine settings.
The first step is to choose a ski resort and then identify the best places for a relaxing après-ski break, all without breaking the bank!
The Three Valleys (see our new-build properties in 3 Valleys)
There is a wide variety of ski resorts in France, starting with the famous Three Valleys ski area, where prices can sometimes be prohibitive. Méribel, Courchevel and Val Thorens have a wonderful ski area, but prices for drinks can indeed be very high.
The younger crowds often gravitate towards Val Thorens and its bars like La Folie Douce, with concerts and themed parties, as well as the Frog and Roast Beef pub. It is also possible to find good wines in lively places like the Cave des Lys in Courchevel. Another good spot in Val Thorens is the Koh-I-Nor 5* hotel (highest ski resort hotel in Europe) with an exclusive Michelin-starred restaurant and wine bar. Findhomeabroad currently markets an exclusive fully-detached chalet (353 sqm living surface) next door to the hotel: Chalet Orlov.
One of the most amazing spots in Courchevel is the Il Vino restaurant and bar, where blind tastings are common: you choose the wine and the chef chooses the dish for you. This concept was developed by Enrico Bernardo, World Champion of the International Association of wine Sommeliers.
The Portes du Soleil (see our new-build properties in Portes du soleil)
Direction the large ski area of the Portes du Soleil which includes famous resorts like Avoriaz, Morzine, Les Gets and Chatel/La Chapelle d’Abondance (Check all our new-build properties in Portes du Soleil).
You will find plenty of places where you can quench your thirst in a friendly atmosphere, including L’Avalanche bar in Chatel, as well as other establishments in Plaine Dranse and in the nearby mountain hamlet called Les Lindarets. In the latter, Les Marmottes offers concerts every Tuesday evening and the restaurant La Crémaillère offers a tempting menu with good wines. The village itself has a pleasant atmosphere and can be reached by cable car from Montriond, near Morzine.
Going down the valley beyond Châtel, there is La Chapelle d’Abondance where Les Cornettes restaurant (and hotel) is worth a visit (also very good value with wonderful lunch menues and great service, cheese tray superb), thanks to its superb homely cuisine and an excellent wine list (one of our director’s favourite when in area). The nearby restaurant Le Fer Rouge can accommodate people looking for entertainment. It offers several wines and has its own microbrewery.