Provence Wine Tour
2018 Provence Wine Tour
The 2018 September Provence Wine Tour
Saturday, September 22 – Friday, September 28
Small group Tour – 8 max
6 nights / 7 days – all included except for 1 dinner on your own in Vaison-la-Romaine
Price – $2,500 per person based on double occupancy / $480 single supplement
Accommodations in two charming B&B’s (One in Vaison-la-Romaine, the other near Bonnieux in the Luberon)
Tour starts and ends at Avignon TGV train station
Area & Wine appellations on the Provence Wine Tour:
Cotes-du-Rhône (Southern), Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Vacqueyras, Seguret, Gigondas, Beaumes-de-Venise, Ventoux, Luberon and Baux de Provence
Saturday 22, Day 1
Pick-up at Avignon TGV train station at 11 am. Arrive in Chateauneuf-du-Pape at 11:30 for our first winery visit with a local wine expert. Lunch together at village restaurant with a view of the Rhone Valley. You will also enjoy climbing to the top where the remains of the Pope’s Chateau give a marvelous view of the Rhone River valley.
After lunch, around 3 pm, we will drive to our charming B&B in Vaison-la-Romain near the town center. After settling into the B&B, enjoy resting or taking a short walk into the town center.
Dinner together in the village of Vaison.
A special treat for our first full day of the Provence Wine Tour! A domain in Vacqueyras, Le Clos de Caveau, will open its doors for us to help with the wine picking and then proceed with a tasting and specially prepared meal by the winegrower at his home.
Return to Vaison for free time in the village. Dinner at a wine bar with local charcuterie and cheeses.
Monday 24, Day 3
Seguret village tour with historical anecdotes from your guide & wine tour at Mourchon (wine walk and picnic in the vineyard).
In the afternoon we’ll step inside a Bio-Dynamic Wine grower domain, Montirius (the 1st certified bio-dynamic for Gigondas & Vacqueyras). Here we will have the incredible opportunity to learn about wine with a hands-on workshop by the wine growers themselves.Free evening for dinner at your leisure this evening in Vaison-la-Romaine (short walk into the center from the B&B)
Start your day at the morning market in Vaison-la-Romaine. After your market stroll (at your leisure), we’ll drive 45 minutes south to Venasque; one of France’s most beautiful villages. Here we will have lunch together in the village and take a historical stroll through the cobblestone streets.Next stop will be Gordes (also classed as “most beautiful village”) where you can do some boutique shopping and also follow your guide for a historical walk.
From Gordes, we have just a 25-minute drive to our B&B for the next three nights (arrival around 5:30 pm). Free time to enjoy the pool and then dinner at one of Emily’s favorite Luberon village restaurants.
Today we explore the South Luberon region. We’ll begin our day with a Grape Stomp and then a picnic-style lunch at the stomping grounds. In the afternoon you will have free time in the beautiful village Lourmarin to boutique shop, visit the Renaissance castle or just wander the Provencal cobblestone lanes.
Dinner together at one of Emily’s favorite village restaurants near the B&B.
Thursday 27, Day 6
Today we stay near our B&B, in the Luberon, to visit the hilltop villages of Lacoste, Menerbes, and Oppede-le-Vieux. Each village has a different soul and historical elements that shaped it apart. During our Luberon hilltop touring, we will visit two Luberon AOC wineries and have lunch together at outdoor café square.The evening will be shared together over a gourmet farewell dinner nearby.
Saturday 28, Day 7
Drive back to Avignon TGV after a leisurely breakfast
- Vaison-la-Romaine (3 nights lodging)
- Lacoste (3 nights lodging nearby)
*villages classed in France as « Plus Beaux Villages de France » (most beautiful)
**please note some of the wineries mentioned on itinerary could be switched out for others – (some last minute changes could occur given the unforeseen with the wine growers who are in their busiest season)
A variety of wineries on the Provence Wine Tour giving you a well-rounded wine experience. The goal is for you to connect to the land, the people, their story and then to the wine…
- Seguret – Domaine de Mourchon
- Gigondas/Vacqueyras at Montirius – Bio-Dynamic winery
- Luberon – Chateau La Canorgue, Domaine de la Citadelle, Domaine de Marie
Experiences on this tour
- Learn grape picking techniques at the domain
- Picnic lunch in the vineyard
- Guided agricultural walks in the vineyard
- Grape Stomp (yes, you’ll pull up those pants and get in the barrel!)
- Morning market in Vaison-la-Romaine
- Bio-dynamic vineyard workshop
- Lunch at a winegrower’s home
- Lots of fun, smiles, laughter in the land of Eden!