4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

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  • Location:Avignon, France
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Best Private Rhone Valley Wine Tour from Avignon: Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Tavel

On this private wine tour from Avignon, admire the beauty of Provence as you travel to the famous wine villages of Tavel and Chateauneuf-du-Pape for wine tastings. Sip signature rosé wines and red wines — reputed to be the favorite of French kings and popes — while learning about winemaking in southern France’s stunning Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. At the end of your wine tour, you’ll take a panoramic tour of Avignon, passing the medieval city walls and seeing the famous Pont Saint-Bénézet (Saint-Bénézet bridge).


  • Private Provence wine tour from Avignon
  • Admire the picturesque Provencal landscapes blanketed in vineyards
  • Wine taste in the famous wine villages of Tavel and Chateauneuf-du-Pape
  • Sip rosé wines and red wines that were favored by French kings!
  • Choose a morning or afternoon tour

What You Can Expect

Best Private Rhone Valley Wine Tour from Avignon: Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Tavel

Start and end your tour in Avignon

You’ll be picked up from your Avignon hotel for your morning or afternoon wine tour. Traveling by comfortable air-conditioned mini-coach, learn about the history and wine of Provence from your private guide as you make your way through southern France's beautiful countryside.

Soak up the vineyard-covered landscapes as you venture 20 minutes northwest to Tavel, a charming village that’s historically famous for its rosé wines. Tavel wines are reputed to have been a favorite of kings Philippe le Bel and Louis XIV, the Popes of Avignon, the 19th-century French novelist Honoré de Balzac and the 20th-century American writer Ernest Hemingway.

Head to a local winery to try these world-renowned rosé wines and learn about the town’s winemaking heritage from your guide and sommelier.

Then, continue driving through the beautiful countryside. Cross back over the Rhône to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, another famous wine village firmly entwined with papal history. One of the most renowned appellations of the southern part of the Rhône Valley, Châteauneuf-du-Pape makes more wine than the entire northern Rhône region!

Visit a local winery to sip Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s signature reds, like Grenache noir or Mourvèdre. Notice the distinct sweet and rustic flavors of these Rhône wines, which often exhibit aromas of dried herbs common in Provence.

After your wine tastings, your guide will take you to Avignon to view the medieval city walls and the remains of 12th-century bridge over the Rhône. Pont Saint-Bénézet, also known as Pont d'Avignon, was frequently damaged by flooding but never rebuilt after the 17th century. You'll also see the Petit Palais and the Romanesque Cathedral of Notre-Dame-des-Doms and after a wonderful panoramic view of the city, your guide will take you back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Frances S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Jeremy picked us up right on schedule and we toured the Rhone Valley on our way to Tavel and Chateauneuf du Pape. We had many questions and he answered them plus added local flavor about the area. We stopped for photos and even toured the town of Tavel since we were a bit early for the wine tasting. It was a very satisfying experience for all four of us! Thank you Jeremy and Viator.

Kevin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Julien was wonderful and we enjoyed the tour so much! It was just my husband and I for the tour. The car was comfortable and air conditioned. We learned a lot and had fun at the same time. Wine was great and we got some dinner recommendations too! Highly recommend this tour.

Stuart B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Fabulous tour! Audrey our tour guide was amazing. We visited 3 vineyards in total and had a wonderful afternoon. Would book this tour again!

Bobby K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Our trip was fun and informative! Our guide Ann was great!! She was professional and fun!

Judith R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Our guide, Julian, was very helpful and knowledgeable. He was also adaptable as one place we were to visit was closed and he quickly substituted with an excellent replacement. As I had presumed, the vineyards were glorious despite the stiff mistral wind, and we tasted several wines and learned about them. The wine museum we visited was better than many such commercial ventures and had well written English captions to the exhibits.

Robert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Caroline (our tour guide) picked us up right on time. She provided excellent commentary on the beautiful countryside as we drove through on the way to our two winery stops. We had time for a couple brief stops along the way to look at scenery. She was very knowledgeable about the area and about the history of wine production in the region. She also spoke excellent English (and Italian. And Chinese.). She topped it off by finding the exact chocolate shop my wife visited 17 years ago. The Mercedes minibus was very comfortable and held the 8 of us nicely. If you like wine, this is the tour for you!

Michael C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

Perfect combination of wine tasting, local knowledge and history. Loved every minute of it. I would recommend this tour and our tour guide (Adelaine) to everyone.

Molly L USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

What a fabulous tour, I could not have asked for a better time or a better tour guide!

Victoria C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2009

We had an absolutely great time thanks to our wonderful tour guide! Avignon is lovely and our visit to the wine region was fantastic.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2008

What can we say? Maybe it was the great guide, the chateaus, the wine...a great experience. What a way to spend an afternoon! We went to three tastings, and the folks were amazingly gracious. It really changed our view of the French wine industry. If you can spare the half day, do this! These are wine lovers, not just tour guides with a minivan. In fact, even the driver bought a few bottles for his collection. The countryside was spectacular, and not having to worry about driving was the icing on the cake.
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