Rhone and Provence Wine Tour - 6 Days

This fabulous two centre wine and vineyard discovery itinerary takes in two contrasting wine producing areas in the south of France.

Southern Rhone valley vineyards

The southern Rhone valley has been described by Robert Parker as: “The greatest quality/price ratio of any top red wine region in the world”, which is saying something! The history of the vineyards of the Rhone valley dates back some 2000 years making it one of the oldest wine-producing areas in France.

It’s an area of contrasting landscapes in which there is a superb range of grape varietals. The wine production is held together by one common denominator which is the determination of the wine producers to create quality wines whilst respecting the environment.

It’s an exciting wine area with numerous up and coming wine estates run by individuals that are passionate about their chosen career.

In the company of our qualified expert local guide you will delve deep into the wine-making of the area. You’ll visit the vineyards, meet producers, learn about the wine-producing process and of course taste a wide variety of superlative wines too.

After the Rhone you’ll head south to the beautiful Var department where you’ll settle into your hotel in the heart of the Bandol vineyards of Provence.

Provence vineyards

It was the Greeks who planted the first grapevines in Provence 2600 years ago making Provence the oldest wine region in France.

In Provence today, making rosé is a speciality and a long-standing way of life. Over 89% of the vines are dedicated to rosé so it’s no surprise that Provence is the number one region in France for rosé production.

Provence has a sunny, dry and warm climate, excellent terroir and good range of varietals which are perfectly suited to this wine.

The sun-drenched rosé vineyards span some 200 kilometers from the Bouches-du-Rhône in the west to the Alpes Maritimes in the east.

Rosé wine produced in the Provence AOCs are delicate, fresh, fruity and generous. There is a wide variety of colours and flavours which you will discover on the professionally guided vineyard visits and wine tastings that we propose.

This two centre, fully flexible itinerary will form the basis from which Your Personal France will create your own personalised itinerary.

We suggest you fly into Marseille or Montpellier or take the train into Avignon from where you can hire a car.

If you have any specific wine-related interests then let us know in the form below and we’ll pass them on to our guides who will incorporate them into your itinerary.

The price for this tour of the Rhone and Provence vineyards will depend on the number of people, the time of year and which elements of the itinerary you wish to include.

Your Personal France can incorporate elements of this itinerary with any of the other trips on the website to create a complete trip to France. Extend your stay and explore the historic sites of Provence on our Historic Provence itinerary or discover the gastronomic delights of eastern Languedoc on this delicious foodie trip, for example.

Day 1
Arrival and wine tasting

You’ll arrive later afternoon at your accommodation, a former priory nestled amongst vineyards and orchards in the foothills of Mont Ventoux.

Your wine expert hosts will give you an introduction to the area and what you can expect over the following days.

Enjoy a champagne aperitif followed by a superb dinner accompanied by two fine wines with main course and a sweet Muscat from the local area for dessert.

Day 2
Cotes du Rhone Villages and Ventoux

Some fantastic local guided visits today along the impressive Dentelles de Montmirail escarpment. First, you’ll be introduced to two top-notch wine producers in the Gigondas area whose wines will bowl you over.

In the afternoon, your guide will take you to meet one of the rising stars of the Ventoux appellation who is receiving outstanding reviews for his wines.

If there is time you may choose to also visit a producer of the delicious Muscat de Beaumes de Venise dessert wine.

After an aperitif back at the priory you will be taken for a four course dinner at one of the superb restaurants nearby.

Day 3
Chateauneuf-du-Pape

A guided visit today to the pride of the southern Rhone Valley, Chateauneuf-du-Pape. You’ll visit and taste at four exceptional estates in the course of the day.

Lunch will be taken at an excellent restaurant below the ruins of the old papal summer palace.

After lunch, a visit to a spectacular 18th century chateau estate with its ancient cellars followed by a visit to an artisanal producer of sublime, very traditional reds.

Back at the priory in the evening you’ll enjoy an aperitif followed by a delicious meal accompanied by an aged Gigondas and Chateauneuf-du-Pape with a Muscat or sweet Rasteau to accompany dessert.

Day 4
Transfer to Bandol

Today you’ll make your way down to the coast of Provence to your accommodation in the heart of the Bandol vineyards.

Day 5
Vineyards of Ile des Embiez

A wonderful change to your itinerary today as you enjoy a boat trip and guided wine tour to the Ile des Embiez off the pretty little port of Bandol (min 4 people, July/Aug only).

After the 15 minute boat trip you’ll enjoy a full guided tour of the Domaine de l’Ile des Embiez where AOP Côtes de Provence and IGP Vin de Pays du Var red, white and rosé wines are produced.

You’ll take part in wine tastings and be offered a free bottle of wine after your vineyard tour.

Lunch will be a delicious Provençal affair at the top restaurant on the island and will include 2 glasses of wine.

In the aftrnoon, explore the island with its picturesque little port at your leisure before returning back to Bandol for later afternoon.

Day 6
Cassis

Today it’s your chance to discover the magnificent vineyards of the famous AOC Cassis white wine producing area.

You’ll be collected by your guide and taken to explore 3 wine estates, enjoy tours of the cellars and discover the cellars.

This is always a relaxed, fun, informative day out that will include a delicious gourmet lunch at a top-rated local restaurant on the beach.

Full day with Gourmet Lunch at € 176 per person

Included

  • Your own personal hand-crafted itinerary
  • Accommodation including breakfast and other meals and drinks as agreed
  • Reservations for visits and restaurants as required
  • Local tourist information to ensure you get the most out of your holiday
  • Our personal attention and a dedicated phone number throughout your stay

Not Included

  • Flights and car hire
  • Personal insurance
  • Lunches and drinks unless specified
  • Evening meals and drinks unless specified



Trip Facts

  • 2-8 People
  • March-November
  • 6 days
  • A 12th C priory guest house and 4* hotel