The Southern Rhone wine area
The Southern Rhone is dotted with numerous beautiful wine villages; perhaps the most well known being Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas. The Côtes du Rhone appellation offers delicious red, white, and rosé wines at accessible prices, and with over 100,000 acres in production, there are more than enough wineries to visit in several days of touring. This area is best known for its jammy, rich, red grape varietal blend, comprised principally of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre.
This delicious, full-bodied wine can be cellared for 10 – 15 years.
The picturesque village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape is the most popular of all the cru wine villages in the region, and has a very interesting history, originating back to the early 14th Century when the Papal seat was based in Avignon. Chateauneuf-du-Pape literally translates – Pope’s new castle, as this was the location of one of the Pope’s summer homes. This now ruined chateau is perched at the top of the historic medieval village. It is the Popes in fact, who did much to promote winemaking in this region. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is known for its special terroir, with its vines thriving in soil containing heavy river stones, sand, and clay.
I can't think of a better way to spend a day in Provence than by visiting Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas, enjoying lunch under a vine-covered, shaded terrace or a picnic next to the vineyard... A day like this can only be topped off by a stop at the nearby cru Rosè producing villages of Lirac or Tavel, or one of my personal favorites, Baumes du Venise, to taste the heavenly delicate and sweet muscat wine, a delight to wine lovers.
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Half-Day Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tour - Visit this charming historic medieval village, the ruined Chateau, and several wineries.
Cost: 155 Euros per person. Minimum of 2 guests. Includes transportation to and from Chateauneuf-du-Pape (from your location within 30 km of Avignon or St Remy de Provence) Visit 2 or 3 wine Domaines, and or time in the village wine shops, wine tastings.
Full-Day Wines of the Southern Rhone - I cannot think of a better way to spend a day in Provence, than taking in the picturesque scenery of this beautiful wine area. We begin the day in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, including a brief visit of the chateau and village, followed by 2 winery visits and tastings. Lunch is in a charming cafe or picnic in the vines is in the charming village of Gigondas. After lunch, choose from several different wineries to visit, explore the stunning medieval fortified village of Seguret, taste some more wine - rosè, red or white.. there are so many options and all the time to indulge!
Cost: 225 Euros per person. Minimum of 2 guests. Includes transportation to and from the above destinations (from your location within 30 km of Avignon or St Remy de Provence) Visit 4 or 5 wine Domaines, and or time in the village wine shops, wine tastings. Lunch is not included but highly recommended!
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