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Rhone Valley, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Rhone Valley, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Avignon: Morning Wine Tour to Châteauneuf du Pape

1. From Avignon: Morning Wine Tour to Châteauneuf du Pape

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 2 wineries involved in the production of red, white and rosé wines. 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!

Avignon: Historic District Guided Food & Wine Walking Tour

2. Avignon: Historic District Guided Food & Wine Walking Tour

Come and enjoy a unique gastronomic experience in the majestic city of Avignon! In the heart of Provence, Avignon is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful jewels in the south of France, with its exceptional historical center, and of course, its delicious Provençal cuisine and high-quality ingredients: aromatic herbs, tomatoes, olive oil, a good glass of Côte du Rhône and sun-ripened fruit. Our gastronomic tour will bring you on a compelling walk in the medieval old town, from the sumptuous Palace of the Popes to the pretty Pont d'Avignon, showing you the culture and history of the city through its food served in beloved eateries. We will visit at least four delicious shops and restaurants, tasting Rhône Valley wine and local specialties, such as the fougasse, the oils and tapenades, a hearthy dish cooked in a beloved restaurant, homemade cakes and other local sweets. Your local food expert will show you the region and the culture, and you will have a chance to chat with the locals and satisfy your curiosity without language barriers!

From Avignon : Afternoon Prestige Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine

3. From Avignon : Afternoon Prestige Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine

Discover a one of the famous vineyards of of the Rhône Valley : Châteauneuf du Pape is renowned for its full-bodied and powerful red wines. Enjoy a wine-tasting experience in a prestigious cellar of the village of Châteauneuf du pape. Combine tasting with expert instruction about the wines of the Rhône Valley, and learn about the terroir and French system of quality certification known as AOC (Appellation d'origine contrôlée). Explore the agriculture, geography and vineyards of the Rhône, known for their dry, crisp and refreshing taste that is perfect for a summer's day.

From Aix-en-Provence: Châteauneuf du Pape Wineries Day Trip

4. From Aix-en-Provence: Châteauneuf du Pape Wineries Day Trip

Châteauneuf du Pape Wine tour The Châteauneuf du Pape Appellation was one of 6 to be labeled as the first AOC wines of France in 1936. The vineyards planted by the Romans were extended and developed by the Pope's residing in Avignon popes during the 14th century. In 1314, Clement V, the first Avignon Pope discovered the special soil of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. His successor, John XXII supports him and it was during his reign that the vineyard really took off and spread fame beyond the borders of “The Comtat”. The former bishop of Avignon, Jacques Duèse was elected as Pope John XII and succeeded Clement V in 1316. He regularly drank the wines from the vineyards ‘in the north’ and did much to improve viticulture practices there. The Pope sought a place sufficiently far from the city to discourage courtiers, sycophants, and scroungers, yet close enough so that a courier could go there and back to Avignon on the same day. The ideal spot was found on a hillock overlooking the Rhône Valley about halfway between Avignon and Orange – Châteauneuf – and this area was placed directly under his authority. As you reach this famous wine producing region, discover the village and its ancient castle that was the summer residence of the Pope's during their stay in the area. Here, you will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view on the valley. Morning Wine tasting session in a local Winery The Chateauneuf du Pape wines are well known for their full bodied red wines made predominantly with different grape varieties such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre that are typical grapes that can be found in the southern vineyards of France. There are also some white Châteauneuf du Pape wines that are intensely perfumed. The grape varieties used for the white wines include Grenache Blanc, Rousannes, Clairette and Bourboulenc many of which are rustic french varietals. Upon arrival in the village, it will be time to taste some of the local wines in a local winery. Then, you will have some free time to roam around and enjoy a wine tour of Chateauneuf du Pape wines in the old 14th century pope cellars. Depending on your wishes, it will be possible to taste more wines in the local wineries that your guide can point to. Lunch in a local restaurant After your morning Chateauneuf du Pape wine tour, it will be time for lunch.Your guide will suggest different options so don't hesitate to ask for suggestions. Afternoon wine tasting session in a local Winery After lunch, experience your second Chateauneuf du Pape winery tour. Listen about the history of this unique domain, visit the installations and participate in a commented tasting of the wines of the estate. Take the opportunity to ask about the wine making process, the different bledings that are possible and most of all learn about the large range of grape varieties that can be used to make this exceptional wines. After the wine tasting tour, we will take you back to Aix en Provence and that will be the end of our services.

Avignon: Wine Tasting Tour

5. Avignon: Wine Tasting Tour

First of all, you begin by walking the streets of Châteauneuf-du-Pape adorned with fountains and up to the castle built by Pope John XXII. The AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one of the greatest French wines and an iconic wine of the southern Rhone Valley. Next, you will visit a wine museum which displays a large collection of tools used in wine making dating back to the sixteenth century. Then you will visit wineries and taste several wines. You will visit Gigondas, famous village for his organic wine, classified in Côtes-du-Rhône Villages. Gigondas has also a real Provençal atmosphere with ites old facades and wineries. Finally, you will go to Séguret, one of the most beautiful villages of France. It offers beautiful stone paved pathways for a walk in the shade of its old walls in a dreamy atmosphere. 

Marseille: Avignon and Côtes du Rhône Wine Tasting Day Tour

6. Marseille: Avignon and Côtes du Rhône Wine Tasting Day Tour

Discover Avignon and the Cotes du Rhone wine area on a day trip from Marseille. See medieval Pope's Palace and Pont d'Avignon while exploring the old town, shop for local produce at an indoor market, and taste wine at the famous Chateauneuf du Pape vineyard. Walk through the alleys of the old town of Avignon and hear about the city’s history from your guide. Visit the Palais des Papes, or Pope’s Palace, one of the largest gothic buildings in France. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was once home to popes during medieval times. During your Avignon tour see another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medieval Pont d'Avignon which still stands on the Rhone River. After your tour of Avignon’s old town, head towards Les Halles for lunch. This indoor market has a vertical garden, cafes, and numerous stalls selling local produce, meats, and cheeses.  Continue your tour to the prestigious Chateauneuf du Pape vineyard to experience a sensory journey. Visit a wine museum, Enjoy sweeping landscapes of hills and vineyards as you travel through the southern part of the Rhone Valley to different Côtes du Rhône AOPs, which may include Cairanne, Rasteau, and Vacqeyras. Wines have been produced in the Rhone Valley since back in Roman times, and the area is known particularly for its red wine.

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What people are saying about Rhone Valley, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Would really recommend this trip - definitely for beginners. We learnt lots but this was our first wine tasting experience. The first winery had a museum as well... we weren't sure at first but turned out to be really interesting. Wine was great! The second winery went into more detail about the region - and how to properly taste the wines. The tour stopped at a couple of good places for photos. And our guide was excellent - friendly and had so much information to share with us.

Jerome was an excellent guide and the wineries were wonderful! Notes: - Some more explanations along the drive would be nice, otherwise it’s quiet in the car for most of it, but not a big issue - Lot of standing in the first winery (an hour or so), keep in mind if you’re older. - two wineries with three wines each - wish that we stopped by one winery that looked like a castle for a photo op, but we just drove slowly by

I had a fantastic time on my tour. The places we visited gave me such a great understanding of the wines available in the area. Jerome, our guide was great and personalized our tour for us and our experience. So grateful for the experience giving me lasting memories.

My wife and I had a great time on this tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and extremely happy to give information about not only this tour but all of France.

An excellent guide . He told us everything. Nice to come and see the vineyards and to hear what they have to tell