With their lively floral white wines and their smooth and powerful reds, the great vintages of the south do not lack character. From beginners to experienced wine lovers, head off on the Rhône Valley and Provence Wine Route to find what pleases your palate!
Côtes du Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Embark on your itinerary with a vintage journey on the Gigondas estate! Move through the vines of La Tourade in an authentic 1965 VW camper van and admire the Dentelles de Montmirail to the beat of Janis Joplin and Jimmy Hendrix. Enjoy a delicious tasting of Côtes du Rhône with grape varieties including those of Vacqueyras. Do you confuse full-bodied with robust? Head to Châteauneuf-du-Pape and its excellent Musée du Vin Brotte to fix that. Free and tasty, this is the opportunity to learn more about the wine industry and the characteristics of the wines of the region.
Côtes du Ventoux and Côtes du Luberon
The Provence and Rhône Valley Wine Road continues to Bédoin. In the shadow of Mont Ventoux, you will find a magnificent village, one of the biggest communal forests in France and, above all, an exceptional AOC classified wine: Côtes du Ventoux. Go to the Chez Léon wine bar to savour this light and fruity jewel. Head to the Luberon for a tour of the magnificent old cellars of Château de Clapier. On the agenda, a tasting of many AOC wines, including Cuvées Soprano and Vibrato. These wines will enchant your tastebuds!
Put down your backpack in Correns. At the heart of Provence Verte, the first organic village in France offers a breath of fresh oxygen. From olive oil to jam and even snails: everything is organic here! This maximum respect for the environment allows you to savour a Côtes de Provence AOC of a rare purity. Taste for yourself at Domaine Saint-Andrieu. There, Jean-Paul and Nancy Bignon passionately convey their philosophy of respect, nature and harmony.
Côtes de Provence and Côteaux d'Aix-en-Provence
Perk up your South of France adventure with the wines of Provence! Does the beauty of Montagne Sainte-Victoire intoxicate you? Don’t miss the Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and their tasty reds. When paired with cooked meat, they are truly phenomenal. Want to exercise your palate? The Maison des Vins Côtes de Provence will welcome you for a fun oenological workshop. Then, head to Fréjus, where the Clos des Roses offers a warm welcome. Be charmed by the rose garden and take a break in the shade of the little chapel. Finally, succumb to the range of the winery’s AOC Côtes de Provence rosé and white wines.
The great wines of Provence have not had their final word. With their deep reds and brilliant rosés, the colours of Bandol always thrill. Taste this superb AOC at the Œnothèque des Vins de Bandol. Between professional advice, tastings and recipe ideas, this visit has great body!
With its 3,000 hours of sun a year, Cassis welcomes you to its delicate terroir for your final step. Stroll between land and sea in the Calanques to meet wild animals and flora. In Cassis, authenticity also comes by the glass. The white wines of the region are renowned for being the oldest AOC of France. Book your tour through the vines of the Domaine de Dona Tigana, owned by a former winner of the European Football Championship! Get your trainers on and tramp across exceptional paths to the tune of your audioguide.