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  • Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Visit Côtes de Provence St-Victoire winemaking region on this half-day trip from Aix-en-Provence! With an expert guide, travel to the scenic foothills of St-Victoire Mountain, and learn about the French painter Paul Cézanne who is said to have painted the peak nearly 60 times! Explore two traditional wineries in the area, enjoying wine-tasting sessions in each, and discover the delight of Provencal red and rosé wines!

Highlights

  • Half-day wine tour to Côtes de Provence St-Victoire from Aix-en-Provence
  • Drive to the foothills of St-Victoire Mountain, a landmark that inspired the French Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne
  • Explore two leading Provencal wineries with an expert guide
  • Sample decadent red and rosé wines during two wine-tasting sessions
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned minibus

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What You Can Expect

Cotes de Provence Wine Tour from Aix-en-Provence

Sample red Provence wines

Leave Aix-en-Provence in the morning, and travel east with your guide by minivan to the foothills of St-Victoire Mountain, a stunning peak that rises some 3,317 feet (1,011 meters), dominating the Provencal landscape. The landmark was a source of inspiration for the painter Paul Cézanne in the late 19th century, featuring in many of his Post-Impressionist masterpieces like Mont Sainte-Victoire and the Viaduct of the Arc River Valley.

A popular winemaking region, the softly sloping hills are home to countless vineyards that thrive with the temperate climate and fertile, yet shallow, soils. In turn, this produces some of Provence’s best wines – full bodied with abundant minerality.

Visit two of the renowned Côtes de Provence St-Victoire wineries, and sample glasses of their prized reds and rosés during wine-tasting sessions with your guide. Learn about the region, the different wines and their subtle complexities that afford their winning flavors. After each wine-tasting session, explore the wineries to see where the wines are aged and bottled and to soak up the rustic Provencal ambiance.

Return to Aix after your second wine estate tour, and then end your tour with a drop-off at the start point.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Nice compact tour experience. Tour guide was patient and helpful. She answered our questions on the local area and the local wine making traditions with the right level of detail for our tour group. Vehicle was comfortable and clean. The wineries we visited provided interesting and insightful descriptions of their business and traditions. Scenery was beautiful, we thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

We had a wonderful time. Our guide, Renaud, was very informative and had a very likable personality. We especially enjoyed the tour of Mas De Cadenet winery with Maude, a 7th generation owner! I wish we'd had time to go on other available tours.

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