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  • Location: Avignon, France
  • Duration:  3.5 - 4 hours
Travel deep into the Rhône Valley and explore the region’s rich winemaking heritage on this wine-tasting day trip from Avignon. Stop at one or two different wineries which produce red, white and rosé wines including the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Learn how grape varieties including Grenache, Cinsault and Counoise flourish in the fertile soils. Follow your guide through the cellars and sample the wines during tasting sessions. Take in panoramic views over the Rhône Valley and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to eight people.

Highlights

  • 3.5- to 4-hour wine-tasting day trip from Avignon
  • Visit two local wineries in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape winemaking territories
  • Admire panoramic views over 17th- and 18th-century castles in the French countryside
  • Sample the wines during tasting sessions with your guide
  • Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritagelisted Roman amphitheater in Orange (depending on day of visit)
  • Tour includes round-trip travel from your hotel in Avignon
  • Small-group tour limited to 8 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Delve deep into France’s Rhône Valley and gain insight into the region's rich winemaking heritage. Depending on the day of your tour, discover thousands of years of Roman history at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Roman amphitheater in Orange.

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Avignon

Explore the vineyards of the Rhone Valley during your wine-tasting tour from Avignon

Following a morning pickup from your hotel in Avignon, meet your guide and hop aboard your air-conditioned minivan for the journey deep into the rolling hills of the Rhône Valley. The fertile, sun-drenched soils around Avignon offer perfect conditions for growing grapes, and wine has been produced in the region since Roman times.

Stop at two different vineyards in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape winemaking territories and listen as your guide explains how grape varieties including Grenache, Cinsault and Counoise flourish. Gain insight into the age-old winemaking techniques in operation and enjoy panoramic views from the cellars over the Rhône Valley’s castles and mansions — many of which date from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Explore the cool cellars — where wine sits slowly maturing in barrels — then enjoy a tasting session of some of the wines produced. Listen as your guide details the complex flavors and scents at play in your glass, then sip the wine to identify them yourself.

For tours on Monday and Thursday you'll visit two wineries. On any other day of the week, enjoy one wine-tasting in a winery as well as a visit to the UNESCO World Heritagelisted Roman amphitheater in Orange. Built early in the 1st century AD, the amphitheatre is widely considered the most impressive in Europe.

After approximately four hours exploring the rolling vineyards of the Rhône Valley, hop back aboard your minivan for the return journey to your hotel in Avignon, where your tour will come to an end.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Really enjoyed this trip. I love wine, but had little knowledge of French wine. This tour helped to educate me, and I walked away with a greater understanding. Plus, the wine was delicious and the area was beautiful. I am very glad I signed up for this.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

We were met promptly at 8:45 by Julien, a young man who grew up in Avignon. He was extremely pleasant, spoke very good English and had a wonderful sense of humour. There was six of us on this tour (four in our group) and it was wonderful chatting with the other two ladies. We arrived promptly at the Winery however had to wait for the other tour groups, which was fine as it gave us time to look around ourselves. The tour in the winery was excellent and very worthwhile . The tour guide in the winery was incredibly knowledgeable and showed a passion for wine making. We sampled three wines at Chateauneuf-de-Pape and then went to Brote where Julien our guide described the wines after we went through a small museum of historical wine-making equipment. This was my favourite part of the tour as it was just the six of us along with Julien. We sampled three more wines and were able to talk amongst ourselves about the tastes, etc. rather than in the large group at the first winery ...where of course there are always those people who need to let know how knowledgeable they are! Definitely would go on this tour again, especially if our guide was Julien.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Extremely pleasant and knowledgeable courier and tour really good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Fabulous day at two wineries with very knowledgable and friendly people. I loved the small group size and convenience of being picked up from our hotel! Wine in Provence? What's not to love?

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2011

Excellent. Our guide arrived on time at the prearranged location. Her english was very good and the wine tasting locations very interesting. Great tour and highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2011

We enjoyed our tour very much, particularly the Skalli winery and the brief stop in the town of Chateauneuf du Pape. Madeleine was a fantastic tour guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2010

I went alone and had a wonderful time. The guide made things so easy for us. It was a magical day.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

Our guide, Vanessa, was amazing! Great tour of the area and the wine tastings were fun :)

4 star rating: Recommended August 2012

Nice trip. Very educational

4 star rating: Recommended March 2010

We had a very knowledgeable guide, and I had a good time.
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