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Provence finest vineyards, wine & foodie tour - the best wines and food from Provence
This is a great day out for lovers of fine wine and the best food that Provence has to offer. Leaving Aix-en-Provence, heading north towards Château La Coste, the renowned vineyard where fine wine sits in harmony with art & architecture. We visit the vineyard and learn about the production here and have an opportunity to taste some of their best wine. Next we head to the Coteaux d’Aix & Ste Victoire wine region. Mount St Victoire, a symbol of Provence - the mountain rises over 1000 meters behind the rolling landscape and vineyards close to the historic Provençal village of Puyloubier. On our way, we stop off for a visit to Domaine de St Ser, a smaller unique bio-diversity wine producer. The vineyard is at the highest point set directly against the Mountain with its intense sunshine and dry arid mediterranean climate. A pause for lunch on the village square next to the fountain before our third and final wine tasting experience of the day - Domaine Terre de Mistral that produces more rustic wine and olive oil. This is a visit of discovery coupled with visits to three local vineyards, with tastings.
Depending on where we meet, we head through the Provence countryside at its border almost with the Luberon to visit Château La Coste, a visit to the Chais (the production unit) wine tasting and a chance to absorb the atmosphere of this award winning vineyard. From here we head south, touching the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence for a leisurely drive across the south face of Mount St Victoire. The drive is exceptional as we then drive into our second vineyard - Domaine de St Ser. This is a much smaller family owned winery which uses traditional methods as well as planetary positions and charts to drive the entire process. The wine is light, robust and very dirfferent to the first vineyard. Next drive to the village of Puyloubier, time to stop for a light leisurely lunch in the village square under the shade of the Plain trees and the fountain. (lunch cost not included) Afterwards time to explore the village before we depart for our third vineyard, Domaine Terre de Mistral, which offers a totally different variety of wines, an excellent shop selling a range of local produce and their own olive oil. Then return to our start location.
Language: English or French
The total duration of the tour is 8 hours, assuming pick-up in Aix-en-Provence, Marseille or Avignon. The order for the tour is flexible enough to take into account the starting point changing depending on your location. There is a scheduled break for lunch, price not included.
Pick-up & drop-off at either the Cruise Terminal in Marseille or your hotel in Aix-en-Provence, Marseille or Avignon. If your staying elsewhere we can coordinate a pick-up from your address. (There may be a suppliment payable)
Travel to all of the sites and destinations proposed with dedicated guide/driver & return to your hotel, address or the cruise terminal. Wine tasting at the three vineyards and visit to two of the caves. Lunch and refreshments excluded.
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