Best wine tours Provence

Written by on February 22, 2020 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France

Cobbled street in Chateauneuf-de-Pape, Provence, surrounded by vineyards

The Rhone Valley is the ultimate wine lovers destination. And there’s no better way to discover this beautiful area of Provence and its vineyards than with a three day tour with a local expert guide. This is a unique chance to experience the real Provence. You’ll meet local wine makers, visit the grand domaines and famous estates. And of course to taste the very best wines and cuisine to match.

With all your accommodation, transport and food taken care of, all you have to do is relax and enjoy the expertise of your hosts. On these small group, exclusive and private tours, you’ll be accompanied by a British wine expert who has lived in Provence for many years.

There’s no place like Rhone

Vineyard in Provence under a clear blue sky on a summer day

The vineyards of Provence and the Rhone Valley go back to the time of the Romans. The legendary conquerors planted vines and cultivated wine, discovering that the climate and terroir of the area along the Rhone River was ideal.

It’s a vast area covering around 80,000 hectares. Home to more than 5000 winemakers ranging from big name domaines to authentic family run vineyards. It’s hard to know where to look, where to stop and where to find the very best wines, the most beautiful vineyards, the most incredible history and stories. Unless you know where to look.

Rhone wine tours with an outstanding guide

Man ladling wine from a barrel in a cellar in ProvencePhilip Reddaway of Rhone Wine Holidays has spent years discovering the best of the Rhone Valley and putting together the very best wine tours of Provence. His little black book includes incredible wineries that don’t open to the public – but do open to his guests. It’s taken him many years to build up a network of quality connections, and you will have access to these superb vineyards too.

When you take a tour with Philip  of the southern Rhone Valley area, a land of long hot summers, the Mistral Wind and a Mediterranean feel, you’ll get under the skin of this legendary wine producing area. This is no one-day sip-swallow-spit tour. This is an intensely authentic tour for up to 6 people. One which will reveal the real Rhone Valley vineyards and wines. You don’t need to speak French. Philip is fluent and a qualified WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust which provides globally recognised qualifications).

Provence mountains under a blue sky with vines ripening in the sun in Provence

You’ll enjoy fabulous dinners paired with fine wines. And wonderful lunches including at a vineyard in the Dentelles hills where the winemaker, a passionate cook will prepare dishes for you and join you on the terrace overlooking the Rhone River. And of course you’ll sample his award winning wines. Dine at the foot of the ruins of the old Papal Palace. And at one of the finest restaurants in the region. Enjoy aperitifs, Champagne, reds, white and rosés. There really isn’t another tour like this in the area.

Stay in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

People sitting at table on a shady terrace overlooking vineyards in ProvenceThere’s no better base for your Provence wine tour that Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This area is where the most famous appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced. This was the very first AOC to be recognized when the system was instituted in 1936.

Home will be in a medieval village house in the town. It’s  the perfect place to rest, cool down in the plunge pool and relax in the charming courtyard. Philip and wife Jude are experienced and consummate hosts who go out of their way to make your stay memorable and know the area like experts.

Tours are available from May through to October. Find more details and book your Rhone Wine Tour at: www.rhonewineholidays.com/domains-of-the-southern-rhone

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