Rhone Valley Wine Tour From Avignon: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Ventoux And Tavel

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Overview

Sample exquisite wines from the Rhne Valley region on a full-day wine trip from Avignon! With a wine expert guide at your side, tour the cellars of a wine estate near Mont Ventoux and enjoy a wine-tasting session to discover the role that your senses play in discerning the flavors of wine. Spend free time in pretty Beaumes-de-Venise, and then tour two more wine estates in the Rhne Valley, sampling Tavel and Chteauneuf-du-Pape wines!

Highlights

  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Small-group tour
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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Leave your central Avignon hotel by luxury minivan and head northeast in the direction of Mont Ventoux amusingly nicknamed the Beast of Provence in recognition of its status as the regions largest mountain. Lasting just over an hour, your journey passes through swathes of picture-perfect Provence countryside, dotted with vineyards that produce the grapes for the Rhne Valleys esteemed Ventoux wines.

Stop at a wine estate in the foothills of Mont Ventoux for a tour of its cellars, fermenting rooms and bottling rooms, learning all about wine cultivation in the area as you go. Listen to your knowledgeable guide explain how all of your senses can discern your taste for different wines, and then discover it for yourself during a wine-tasting session. Sample up to five different wines (red, ros and white) plus quality olive oils, and then take a stroll around the vineyards.

Hop back into your minivan and travel to the charming town of Beaumes-de-Venise to explore independently or have lunch -- your guide will give tips for the best places to eat!

In the afternoon continue your tour through the prestigious Rhne Valley, where youll visit two more wine estates. Sample crisp ros wines at a chateau in the Tavel wine region, and then end your tour on a high note by sampling the internationally acclaimed Chteauneuf-du-Pape wine at another chateau. After learning all about the characteristics of these incredible Rhne Valley wines, return to your Avignon hotel where your tour ends.

Inclusions for Rhone Valley Wine Tour From Avignon: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Ventoux And Tavel

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Driver/guide
  • Wine tasting (up to seven wines)
  • Olive oil tasting

Exclusions for Rhone Valley Wine Tour From Avignon: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Ventoux And Tavel

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • First of all, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and give us an incredible experience at the first vineyard. However, I am rating this 3 stars because there is no vinegar tasting at all! I am not sure if you are revising your tour description now, but when i booked it, it says wine AND vinegar tasting. I only had wine. Disappointed.

  • My wife and I joined this day tour with Julien as our tour guide, and we enjoyed it thoroughly.
    We visited one winery in the morning, where Julien talked us through the wine making process, also showing us the barrels in which wine was fermented in that Chateau, giving us a glimpse of how modern technology played a part in the wine making process of this part of France. Being a local brought up in Chateauneuf De Pape, Julien had all the knowledge to answer your questions about wine making, the grapes, terrior, Chateaus etc in Provence! He also had some sense of humour, which made it very enjoyable chatting to and learning from him. We managed to try 7 types of wine in the morning, with Julien giving us some knowledge on how to sample wine.

    We were then taken to a small town, Beaumes-de-Venise, for lunch, were we spent about an hour. It was a Tuesday morning, with a small local market, where we bought some juice, fruits and even some oysters from a local seafood stall to eat on the spot!

    In the afternoon, we went to Tavel and Chateauneuf de Pape, two wine regions well known in Provence. The drive up to Chateauneuf de Pape was great, with Julien driving us through the vineyards, where we could actually get off the car and have a brief walk in the vineyards. We made a stop on the remains of the castle in Chateauneuf de Pape, where we could take some photos. After that, we were taken through a local winery in Chateauneuf de Pape, where we were guided through the wine cellars, and were able to see these large oak wine barrels. A local in the winery introduced the place to us, which was a good experience for someone to know more about the wine making process. The tour ended with wine tasting in the local winery in Chateauneuf de Pape, tasting one white and two reds.

    Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the tour, with Julien giving us good recommendations on where to dine at night.

    I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who would like to gain some knowledge and to have a glimpse into wine making in Provence, also if you would like to try different types of wine from this region of France. I would say it is suitable for you, whether you know nothing about wine, or already have some knowledge on it.

  • My wife and I enjoyed this tour immensely. Our guide, Adeline, was very knowledgeable about wine and the wine-making process. She also was a wealth of information about the history, geography, and meteorology of the surrounding region. The highlight of this tour was a wine tasting class at a winery in Ventoux where Adeline explained how to evaluate and taste wine. We were able to taste seven wines during this class. After lunch we went to a winery in Tavel where we tasted several rose wines which Tavel specializes in comparing wines made from grapes grown in different soils. We ended our day in Chateauneuf-du-Pape at a winery which discussed the specialized wine-making process in that region. We found Adeline to be utterly charming. Her English was impeccable.

  • Really great tour with a wonderful guide, Julian. Enjoyed all three wineries, and Julian's wonderful commentary about the wine making process, and the region. Julian did a fantastic job, and made everyone feel comfortable while on the tour. The only change I would make is for the tour company not to have others join the tour half way through the day. We had to backtrack to where we started in Avignon just to pick up two people. Wasted part of our tour day having to have Julian do that.

  • My best friend and I had an amazing trip with wonderful wine and food pairings. It was definitely worth it for the full day tour. Julien was a great driver, tour guide and teacher! He was charming and very knowledgeable about wines, food and Avignon. I would do it again!

  • Every tour is about the guide. Julien was a superstar. He is a native of Avignon and could answer all our questions. Since we had just arrived the night before, he filled us in on the history as we drove to our first winery. It was just Julien and the 2 of us in the AM which was delightful. In the afternoon, our van was full...Julien 8. Still we had a wonderful time, and know it would not have been the same without Julien. He gets 5 stars. The wines were lovely...we were taught how to properly taste, and we learned a lot about the wonderful grapes and blends of the region. Do it!

  • We had a tour guide by the name of elody (spell). She was the best. Can't say enough about how good she was. She knew her stuff from history to wine.
    Best guide ever. Bob Hewitt, Ketchikan, Alaska.

  • Delightful day - Julian was personable, knowledgable and well versed. Our morning wine tasting was exclusive to the three of us and was simply wonderful.

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