Regional Wine Tours
Luberon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône
The Rhône Valley stretches over some 497 miles. And with it covering such a vast expanse, it helps to split it into two distinct regions: the North and the South.
If you have a special interest in the great wines this region has to offer, a private visit to some of the wineries should be high on your agenda.
Wines of the Region
Full of history, it stretches along the river: south to Avignon, west towards Nîmes and east to Luberon. Famous for having been the ""Wine of the Popes"" since the XIV century, wines of the region are elaborated by passionate winemakers. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Viognier, Clairette... Discover the diversity of grape varieties planted in the Rhone Valley!
Northern Rhône Valley
The Northern Rhône covers the rough area that stretches from Vienne to Valence and the vineyards here typically contain vines planted on very steep slopes. From Vienne to Valence, in the departments of the Rhone, Loire, Ardeche and Drome, discover the vineyards of the northern Rhone Valley. On your way to the Alps or the Mediterranean Sea, stop in one of the many wineries and cooperatives of the region.
Get to know the sunny appellations of the region: Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, St. Joseph, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage... Stroll through the rows of vines, visit wineries and cellars and taste the different wines of the Rhone Valley, always made in the respect of the environment by winemakers who cherish their lands. You will certainly leave the area with bottles in the trunk of your car!
Southern Rhône Valley
The vineyard of the southern Rhone Valley lies from Avignon to Montelimar, in the departments of the Drôme, Vaucluse and Gard. Vinsobres, Gigondas, Beaumes-de-Venises, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vacqueyras, Tavel, Clairette de Die... Vast is the area and diverse are the soils where the vines are cultivated Winegrowers work with different grape varieties, including Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Viognier and Clairette.
After visiting the Palace of the Popes and the Pont d'Avignon, don't miss the opportunity to stop in one of the appellations of the southern Rhône Valley.
Nîmes, Ventoux and Luberon
The south Luberon wine area which basks in a perfect Mediterranean climate. With your wine guide, learn about authentic Luberon wines between Provence and Rhône Valley style – reds full of character and gastronomic rosés. Enjoy lunch in the old provencal village of Lourmarin ranked as one of the most beautiful villages of France. Do not miss a tasting of the delicious local products: olive oil, lavender, truffles, candied fruit and especially wine! Wines from Pays d'Apt, Côtes du Luberon and Cotes-du-Ventoux, will delight you.
Wine Tour of Châteauneuf du Pape
Discover one of the most famous wine regions in the world, located in the southern half of the Rhône Valley, close from Avignon. With its characteristic pebbly soils, Châteauneuf du Pape produces some top-rated powerful and complex red wines. A very small amount of white wine is produced there, which must be savoured once in your lifetime at least. Enjoy lunch in this historic village of Châteauneuf du Pape which has been producing wine since the early 14th Century.
Wine Tour of Gigondas & Vacqueyras
Both Gigondas and Vacqueyras, which lie north of Châteauneuf du Pape in the south of Rhône Valley, sit just beneath the mountain range known as the Dentelles de Montmirail, at the foothills of the highest mountain in southern France, Mont Ventoux. Here you will earn about the characteristics of both of these villages whose red wines are blends based on Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre. Enjoy lunch in either Gigondas or Vacqueyras.