You love wine and you love Provence? Enjoy a Côtes-du-Rhône wine tour to discover another facet of the gastronomy of Provence!
Wine is maybe what people around the world think first when they evoke France. Here in the South-East of France we are lucky to have a great variety of wines thanks to the diversity of « terroirs »: from all colors and from the lightest to the strongest and full-bodied wines. It is also the first region of France where vineyards were planted by the Greeks when they arrived on the coast and founded Marseille in 600 BC. Then, the savoir-faire to produce wine spread all over the region and then all over France when the Romans conquered the territory in the 2nd century BC. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the wine-making know-how progressively disapeared and finally came back after the 12th century with the development of the monasteries all over the country. Wine production never stopped since then, became more and more important and today is considered as a true art and a very noble science that the whole world envies us.
The best place to have a wine tour is the area of Avignon, as numerous wineries open their doors for tastings and visits of the cellars. It is part of the Côtes-du-Rhône Valley, known mostly for its red wines with famous local designations, for exemple Châteauneuf-du-Pape, only 17 km (10 miles) North of Avignon, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, but also Tavel (rosé wines), Lirac or Beaumes-de-Venise (muscat). Those full-bodied red wines are quite fruity when young and develop a great aromatic complexity when aging and they can be kept many years. Beaumes-de-Venise is a sweet wine, perfect for people who prefer sweet noble wines getting along in perfect harmony with foie gras, goat cheese or any dessert.
Enjoy a special « wine tour » in the Southern Côtes-du-Rhône Valley to discover this specific « terroir », visit the aging cellars and taste various wines in different wineries.
Other wineries can be visited when touring Cassis, the area of Aix-en-Provence or the Bandol area near Toulon, where you can respectively taste dry whites, dry and fruity rosés and strong full-bodied reds. Please contact us for more informations about these tours.