A unique wine tour in the scenic landscape of Mont Sainte Victoire inspiration for post impressionist artist Paul Cézanne, who painted many pictures of the mountain from 1880. The Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire vineyards located east of Aix-en-Provence considered some of the most natural in France, due to the drying effects of the Mistral wind & shallow rocky soils, formed by limestone & sandstone which produces high quality vines. Learn about the characteristics of the land, explore the wine making process whilst visiting the cellars of three different vineyards. Meet the winemakers, taste the wines - full-bodied reds, subtle elegant rosés & distinctive whites. In the middle of the day, lunch to sample local provençal cuisine - an exceptional day out sampling the delights of good food & wine and discovering the delights of Cézanne country in the heart of Provence.
Tour itinerary & highlights
We will arrive to collect you from your hotel or guest house. (If you are staying in a rented apartment or villa, we can arrange that too) We can collect you from the Cruise Ship terminal in Marseille if you arrive by ship.
This is a great day out for lovers of fine wine and the best food that Provence has to offer. Leaving Marseille or Aix we head north towards Château La Coste, one of the regions most renowned vineyards. We visit the vineyard, learn about the production with an opportunity to taste some of their excellent wines. Next we head to the Mont Ste Victoire, a symbol of Provence - the mountain stands over 1000 meters high behind the rolling landscape & wineries close to the historic village of Puyloubier. Visit to Domaine St Ser, a small vineyard set against the face of the mountain tasting too. Time to enjoy lunch in a typical Provençale restaurant on a terrace in the village of Puyloubier before a final vineyard visit with a more rustic feel and an excellent selection of local home-made products.
Language: English or French
Tour duration and schedule
The total duration of the tour is 7 hours to and from Aix-en-Provence or Marseille. Subject to traffic conditions, we allow +-30 minutes for travel back to Marseille. The time includes approx ninety minutes for you to enjoy lunch and three wine tastings.
Pick-up & drop-off at either the Cruise Terminal in Marseille or your hotel in Aix-en-Provence or Marseille. If your staying elsewhere we can coordinate a pick-up from your address. (There may be a suppliment payable) We can also arrange to pick-up at the TGV (high speed train) station, Aix-en-Provence.
Travel to all of the sites and destinations proposed with dedicated guide/driver & return to your hotel, address or the cruise terminal. Visits and wine tasting at three domaines included. Refreshments, snacks and lunch is an additional cost.
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