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Cotes du Rhone

This area produces 3 appellations: Cotes du Luberon, Cotes du Ventoux and Cotes du Rhone, and is world-famed for its Cotes du Rhone Village, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras vintages. The region's roses, whites and reds perfectly match the regional gastronomy.

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Single Day Private Wine Food and Culture Adventures

Below are suggested itineraries. We can create any combination of visits so just let us know what interests you. You will be picked up from your residence and guided in a luxury air-conditioned minibus by a local English speaking guide.

These are private tours so please email us with your hotel location so we can give you a quote.

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Wine, Olives and Chocolate

chateau mont redon

This tour combines tastings of olive oil, multiple wines and chocolate. The day starts with a visit and tasting of Muscat and then olive oil.

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The Dentelles de Montmirail and Beaumes de Venise

Cellar visit tasting the natural sweet Muscat de Beaumes de Venise. Olive oil tasting at The Oil Cooperative La Balmeenne in Beaumes de Venise with video on olive harvesting and production. (Closed on Sundays.)

Grand Cru of Vacqueyras - Chateau de Montmirail

Vacqueyras and Gigondas are in the Vaucluse. The soil is stony in certain places and sandy-clay in others. The privileged aspect and diversity of the land assures wines of character. The traditional bands of vines on the slopes contain grape the grape varieties Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.

Grand Cru of Gigondas - Domaine Les Gouberts

Visit and tasting at Domaine Les Gouberts which producers the simple Cotes du Rhone and wonderful Cuvee Florence. Free time in the village of Gigondas for a casual lunch or a snack. Followed by a stroll in the provencal village of Seguret listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France".

Grand Cru of Chateauneuf du Pape Chateau Mont Redon

Then off to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a medieval village on the side of a hill, guarded by the ruins of an ancient chateau towering above. A literal translation of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, "the Pope's new house", is actually true. From the chateau hill you have an outstanding view in all directions, mostly of vineyards, of course.

Off to the east and south,the Rhone winds across the fields, and the afternoon sun turns it silver. Stony Ground, the earth is amazingly rocky, but that's one of the secrets of the outstanding Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine, the thirteen grapes wine. The stones act as a storage heater, soaking up the Provencal sunshine during the day, and releasing the heat into the night, long after sunset. By the judicious blending of the thirteen grape varieties that are grown at Chateau Mont-Redon they endeavor to produce wines that combine complexity with ripe fruit and soft tannins. The first vines found at Mont-Redon date back to Roman times. They were planted at the bottom of the hill, sheltered from the Mistral wind, that gave its name to the Mont-Redon property. In 1344, Mourredon, part of the Pope's land holdings, was officially recognized as a vineyard.

Castelain Chocolate Factory

Last stop at a chocolate factory which draws its originality from Provencal roots .

Wine Explanation in the Vineyards

Wine & Culture Day

In the morning, choose from a culture, village or market tours. In the afternoon your wine expert will take you to 2 wine estates and give you an introduction to the terroir .

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Morning Culture Tour

Choose from:

Luberon : the famous "Year in Provence" countryside between the stunning hill perched village of Gordes and the Red Ochre hills of Roussillon with a stop at the Abbaye de Senanque, a 12th century Cistercian.

Mont Ventoux : the "Giant of Provence" and its picturesque villages

Lavender tour (mid June to early August) : See the purple fields that are synonymous with Provence. Saint Remy de Provence : On the trail of Van Gogh through the Les Baux mountains

Roman monuments : The impressive Pont du Gard in Nimes, the amphitheatre in Orange and the ancient city remains in Vaison-la-Romaine.

Provencal markets : Vaison-la-Romaine, Orange, Isle sur la Sorgue (antiques), Carpentras.

Afternoon Wine Tasting

Tasting wines from two leading Wine Domaines in the Southern Rhone Cru wine of Gigondas (min 2 ) or Cru wine of Chateauneuf du Pape, (min 4) you will :

- Visit stunning vineyards to appreciate the concept of "terroir" and its importance to French wines
- Understand how growers work their vines to produce the best possible grapes
- Appreciate the differences between the Rhone grape varieties.
- Visit wine making cellars and learn the essentials of wine making.
- Taste some of the finest wines from the Southern Rhone.

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Harvest tour at an AOC Estate

Spend the whole day with Paul Chaudiere, vintner and owner of Chateau Pesquie "the finest estate in the Cotes du Ventoux" (Robert Parker - February 2008). We'll Pick up you up at your residence in Vaucluse area, at 8.15 am and you'll be back at 5.30 pm.

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Harvest tour at Chateau Pesquie A.O.C. Cotes du Ventoux

2009 Available Dates :
September : Friday 11th, Friday 18st, Friday 25th
October : Friday 2nd

From Vine to the Cellar

9 h : We welcome the participants to a light breakfast. Then introduction to the Cotes du Ventoux AOC and to Chateau Pesquie family vineyard by the vintner himself.

9 h 30 : Walk through the vineyard with a study of the terroir, the influence of climate and grape maturity, shown by grape berries tasting.

10 h : Explanation of the different grape harvest techniques (manual and mechanical) and common grape picking practice.

11 h 30 : Back to the cellar to attend harvest reception and tank filling.

12 h to 13 h 30 : Commented tasting of the grape juices as aperitif and country picnic with terroir products and Chateau Pesquie wines.

Afternoon Theme - From Grape Juice to Wine

13 h 30 a 14 h 30 : Explanation of the different type of wine making techniques (red, white and rose) with a tasting of fermenting wines from the tank.

14 h 30 to 15 h 30 : Visit the ageing cellar, discover the different ageing techniques and taste wine from the barrel.

We conclude the day with a tasting of the olive oil from the estate.

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