Explore one of the largest wine regions of France as you head to the Rhone Valley on this half-day excursion from Avignon. Visit a Châteauneuf-du-Pape winery and learn all there is to know about wine production and wine tasting.
What to Expect
This tour takes you to the vineyards of the Rhone Valley, the second largest wine-growing region in France. Vines have been cultivated here since the days of the Romans and the centuries-old tradition is ripe for exploring.
Tucked between the Alps to the east and the Rhone River to the west, it is an area rich with natural and manmade wonders. Departing from Avignon, you will drive through the lush landscape on your way to the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The name is familiar across the globe for its exquisite wines, but you will also have time to explore the village and see the ruins of the castle where former Popes built their summer residence after they relocated the papacy to Avignon in the 14th-Century.
The tour visits 1 or 2 wineries involved in the production of red, white and rosé wines. You will go to the cellars and learn everything you could possibly think to ask, about the "terroir,“ grape varieties, vinification and ageing process.
You will also get a lesson in how to taste wine using your eyes, nose and finally taste. As the French say, "A votre sante!" Cheers!
- Wine tasting at 2 wineries (or 1 + entrance fee at the Antic theater
- Transportation in air-conditioned minivan
Pick up possible at customers' hotel in Avignon or tourist office or TGV train station.
Know Before You Go
• Mondays and Thursdays tour takes 2 wine tastings at 2 wineries in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and around.
• Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, only 1 wine tasting provided, with a visit at the Antic theatre of Orange included.