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.
From April 1st 2019, no more stop in Beaumes de Venise for lunch and free time.
After the tasting session, a picnic lunch will be served on the terrace of the chateau, sheltered by centenary plane trees. Taste terroir products (seasonal fruits and vegetables, tapenade, goat cheese, ) pairing with the wines of the domain. Picnic lunch included.