Whether you’re an art & oenology buff, curiosity-seeker on the lookout for new experiences or fervent foodie, Provence’s vines and vineyards are the stage for a show to remember. Grab a glass of delicious Provence wine and get ready to admire some astonishing artwork… Here’s to summer!
Open-air contemporary museums
A mosaic of art and vines…
A little way inland, a few kilometres from Aix-en-Provence, the 494-acre Château La Coste is an absolute must-do if you want to enjoy an arty walk in the vines of Provence. This vineyard has invited art into the heart of its ultra-modern winery signed by architect Tadao Ando, imagined and designed to blend harmoniously into the Château’s exceptional environment. Astonishment is around every corner here and you’ll need about two hours to explore the estate’s fields and vines dotted with larger-than-life artwork. Château La Coste‘s architecture boasts a golden hat trick of oenology, art and nature – living in perfect harmony. The mirror surfaces of the Château’s still waters reflect the surrounding hills, expansive bay windows capture the dazzling sunlight and all roads lead to new and stirring experiences to savour at your own pace…
An artist’s soul!
Monumental works delicately spun into the decor
Head to Domazan in the Gard area to discover Château de Bosc, acclaimed for its fine wines and captivating artistic ambience. As you roam the 12,000 m2 grounds, don’t be surprised if you come face to face with a monumental sculpture. A genuine haven of peace, Château de Bosc is a dream destination if you’re seeking inspiration and rejuvenation amid vines and stunning artwork, courtesy of the current owner and painter’s daughter Simone Reynaud. Make the most of the fine weather from May to November to enjoy a tour guided by Simone in person – she loves sharing her memories, anecdotes and encounters with the various artists and, of course, introducing you to the full beauty of the contemporary works exhibited in the Château’s French-style gardens.
A harmonious alliance of art and wines
A land of culture, Gigondas has welcomed artists from time immemorial… Nestling in an exceptional environment, this magnificent village is literally packed with history: after all, its first vines were planted by the Romans and its castle and its hospice were erected in medieval times. The sheer expanse of vines everywhere you look is a powerful source of inspiration. This remarkable architectural jewel gazes over the natural beauty of the Dentelles de Montmirail: a unique mountain range characterized by its ragged, lacy peaks. Art and wine flourish in these preserved highlands, and visitors are invited to embark on a quasi-mystical artistic experience in the shape of the Cheminement des Sculptures, a sculpture walk crossing semi-monumental works blending beautifully into the surrounding landscape.
A terroir fostering creativity
The art of the soil from château to château
Plunge into the the Art & Vin festival on the theme of Fragments of terroirs, following on from Climates and variations. Held from July 1st to September 30th at the region’s domains and châteaux, this event is a truly wonderful opportunity to meet with like-minded people and discover new artists. Hand-curated by the winegrowers themselves, keen to gain inspiration from the world of each artist, this clever concept offers a pleasing blend of art exhibitions and wine tourism. Make the most of your foray to discover Provence’s many beautiful vineyards. Members of the Brignoles Independent Winegrowers Federation welcome various artists and collectives prior to the event in June, to allow them to offer mutual inspiration and immerse themselves in the local terroir. The 2020 season’s surprising sculptures, canvasses and photos promise a show to remember!