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Châteauneuf du Pape & the wines of the region, gastronomy, fine wine & joie de vivre 

Tour summary

If your a lover of fine wines & want to experience a special day visiting some of the best vineyards of Châteauneuf du Pape, including Château Fortia who's history dates back to the 17th century and in the 19th century under the ownership of Baron Le Roy, created France's first AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) it's the world standard for wine. Time to stop for lunch in the adorable French bistro in the nearby village of Caderousse. Châteauneuf du Pape is the heart of a region full of history, culture and joie de vivre.  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.  During the afternoon a visit to two very different vineyards - first a winemaker with a 8ha vineyard based exclusively on the appellation & second a family estate owned by two generations of wine producers including Côte du Rhone. An introduction to the iconic Châteauneuf du Pape wines that produce wine where tradition is enhanced by modernism & excellence, and tasting of course. This is an exceptional day out with quite a few surprises along the way. On the way back (time permitting) a stop-off to visit a local artisan chocolate maker.

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) This tour is available from Aix-en-Provence, Marseille or Avignon., however it's not suitable if you arrive and depart the same day by cruise ship due to time constraints. 

We leave by car arriving  in the village of Châteauneuf du Pape. Morning visit to Château Fortia then a short drive to the village of Caderousse, for lunch. After lunch a short visit to the castle and old village of Châteauneuf du Pape before visiting two other wineries for tastings to learn about the vine and production of wines in this outstanding region. Before beginning our drive back.

Time permitting a visit to a local artisan chocolate maker and then  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 Cafe de France in Caderousse. (option to reserve not included in the price) This tour is not suitable if you arrive and depart same day by cruise ship from Marseille. This is a leisurely day out.

What's included

Pick-up & drop-off in Marseille, Avignon or Aix-en-Provence. If your staying elsewhere we can coordinate a pick-up from your address.  (There may be a suppliment payable) We can 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.. Admission to the three vineyards included in the price. 

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