It’s the time again for one of the sport world's most gruelling events - The Tour de France. For us in Australia the only gruelling thing we will be dealing with is a few sleepless nights, early mornings and the odd headache from a little too much wine celebrating as our favourite team take the hill on the La Planche des Belles Filles or "rendez-vous". That or a little too much bubbles from a podium finish in Paris. 'The Tour' is always a picturesque journey of rolling French countryside, historical sites and beautiful vistas. So to help make the most of this annual pilgrimage we are supplying you with a vinous journey worthy of this spectacular event
Christian Prudhomme is a French journalist and general director of the Tour de France since 2007 and provides a snapshot of each stage we run through. This is a stellar line up of really cool wines for one of the worlds hottest races. Enjoy!
Stage 1 - 194.5k Flat - Brusselles
DUPONT SAISON - Celebrate a win with a cold beer from one of the classic Belgium breweries.
The second Grand Départ held in Brussels after the one in 1958 will honour one of the country's speciality: sprinting!
Sage 5 - 175.5k Hilly - Saint-Dié-des-Vosges > Colmar
CAVE DE TURKHEIM RIESING 2017 - crispy, cold and racy (pardon the pun).
The course in the Vosges area would allow visitors and TV viewers to enjoy the Haut- Koenigsbourg castle or admire the magnificent villages of Alsace. A terrain mostly suited to strong breakaway experts.
Stage 7 - 230k Flat - Belfort > Chalon-sur-Saône
ROCHE DE BELLENE BOURGOGNE BLANC 2016 - A welcome relief for one of the longest runs of the race.
On the longest stage of the Tour de France, the peloton will go through Ornans, the birthplace of painter Gustave Courbet born in 1819- so it will be 200 years- a reference of the Realism art movement in the 19th century.
Stage 8 - 200k Hilly - Mâcon > Saint-Étienne
STEPHANE AVIRON FLEURIE BEAUJOLAIS 2016 - What more can I say? See below…
The road to Saint-Etienne will have a sweet perfume of Beaujolais wine on its first part but t'ose not keen to climb will then suffer a real way of the cross. On the menu: 3 800 metres of ascending elevation!
Stage 9 - 170.5 k Hilly - Saint-Étienne > Brioude
CAVE DE TAIN SYRAH PREMIER NOTE 2016 - Fresh, spicy and full of wild mountain herbs.
One might recommend to be part of a breakaway to hope for success once in Brioude. But only those that will have been valiant on the Mur d'Aurec-sur-Loire, for instance, can conquer glory.
Stage 10 - 217.5 km Flat - Saint-Flour > Albi
LA FICELLE SAINT POURCAIN ROUGE (Gamay) 2017 - A little left of field but bright, delicious and fun. It’s anyone's game.
Who will win this stage? A sprinter or a breakaway rider? The question really deserves to be asked...
Stage 11 - 167 km Flat - Albi > Toulouse
PIGMENTIUM CAHORS 2017 - Ready yourself for the rugged terrain or the Pyrenees and this untamed and wild, 100% Malbec.
The teammates of the sprinters should be put to contribution on this course that they can consider as a fine opportunity or potentially a trap!
Stage 13 - 27.2 km - Individual time-trial Pau > Pau
BRUMONT MERLOT TANNAT 2015 - An equally individual form the somewhat obscure, fascinating and powerful Tannat variety. A touch of Merlot to soften the blow.
The only individual time-trial of the 2019 Tour will take place in Pau. A very special collector's jersey that day marking the 100th anniversary of the Yellow Jersey.
Stage 14 - 117,5 km Mountain - Tarbes > Tourmalet Barèges
CAUHAPE JURANCON SEC CHANT DES VIGNES 2017 - So much more still to come so a little snappy white to refresh is in order.
The 2000m mark will force the riders to enter into a new dimension.
Stage 16 - 177 km Flat - Nîmes > Nîmes
CHAPOUTIER COSTIERES DE NIMES 2017 - A rustic and fleshy drop from this ancient roman town and one of the Rhone's most legendary producers.
The escapees that will show up on the famous Roman viaduct (Pont du Gard) should be under the careful scrutiny of the bunch. A bunched sprint in Nîmes is likely.
Stage 17 - 200 km Hilly - Pont du Gard > Gap
LA SENTIER VAUCLUSE 2016 - Juicy Grenache (what else!?) from this ancient and rolling country side.
The theme of Antiquity will be respected as we go through the Rhone valley and visit the theatre in Orange and pass through Vaison-la-Romaine.
Stage 21 - 128 km Flat - Rambouillet > Paris Champs-Élysées
ANDRE CLOUET GRANDE RESERVE NV - Celebrate like you just got Yellow Jersey but by pouring it into a glass not over your housemate.
The Yellow Jersey is traditionally often solidly settled on the shoulders of the final winner at the start of this last stage, but for the sprinters who dream of triumphing on the Champs Élysées, it's the opportunity to take on one of the toughest challenges of the year.