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Châteauneuf du Pape & the wines of the region, gastronomy, fine wine & joie de vivre (scroll down for more details)

Tour summary

If your a lover of fine wine, want to experience a special day visiting some of the best vineyards of Châteauneuf du Pape, including Domaine de la Solitude, a family-run estate, cultivated for 600 years by descendants of Pope Urbain VIII and Château Mont Redon a gorgeously placed vineyard set amid hillside vineyards then dine on typical Provençal country food coupled with tasting some of these exceptional wines. Châteauneuf du Pape is  the heart of a region full of history, culture and joie de vivre. A magical place that appears on the hill like an island rising out of a sea of vines.  At the summit stands the ruined château built by the popes in 14th century as a summer residence to escape the city heat of Avignon. The popes planted the town's first vineyards. On arrival visit the village, museum of wine & one of the smaller producers. During the afternoon a visit to two very different vineyards - first a winemaker with a 8ha vineyard based exclusively on the appellation & second a 43ha family estate owned by five generations of wine producers. We will introduce you to the iconic Châteauneuf du Pape wines established in 1880's that produce wine where tradition is enhanced by modernism & excellence, and a tasting of course. This is an exceptional day out with quite a few surprises along the way.

Tour itinerary & highlights

I 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) I will also be at the Cruise Ship terminal in Marseille if you're arriving by ship. This tour is available from Aix-en-Provence, Marseille or Avignon. We will coordinate with you where we meet.

We leave by car arriving  in the village of Châteauneuf du Pape. First taking a guided tour of the old village and a visit to two small cooperatives as well as the Museum of Wine. After a break for lunch in the village, we move on to visit two exceptional vineyards.

Later in the afternoon and at each vineyard, an arranged visit to the cave with wine tasting to learn about the vine and production of wines in this outstanding region. Finally, at the end of the tour return to Aix-en-Provence, Marseille or Avignon.

Language: English or French

Tour duration & schedule

The total duration of the tour is 8 hours, assuming pick-up in Avignon, Aix-en-Provence or Marseille. There is a scheduled lunch break at leisure in the vineyard is included.

What's included

Pick-up & drop-off at either the Cruise Terminal in Marseille or your hotel in Avignon, Aix-en-Provence or Marseille. If your staying elsewhere we can coordinate a pick-up from your address.  (There may be a suppliment payable) It is also possible to collect you from the TGV station (high speed train) in Avignon or Aix-en-Provence.

Travel to all of the locations proposed with dedicated guide/driver & return to your hotel, address or cruise terminal. Admission to the three vineyards & Wine Museum is included in the price. Wine tasting and all the vineyard tours are in addition & on a per person basis. Lunch and wine is not included in Châteauneuf du Pape. We will discuss the lunch options to suit your budget when you reserve.

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