5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

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  • Location: Avignon, France
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
Discover the appeal of Rhône Valley wines on this half-day tour from Avignon, led by an expert wine guide! Visiting two wine estates in Rhône Valley’s most prestigious appellations (winemaking regions), your tour includes samples galore of esteemed AOC-classified wines. Try dusky pink rosés in Tavel, and then end your tour on a high note with a tasting session inside a Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate.

Numbers are limited to eight on this small-group wine tour, ensuring you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • 4-hour Rhône Valley wine tour from Avignon led by an expert guide
  • Discover two significant Rhône Valley appellations: Tavel and Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Visit a Tavel wine estate and sample its crisp rosé wines
  • Learn about the AOC classifications that indicate superior quality wine
  • Explore a Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine estate and sample this world-famous wine
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

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

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

Your guide will pick you up from your Avignon hotel and then drive you north by minibus into the heart of the Rhône Valley. The area as a whole is split into several different appellations -- each with their own distinct viniculture traditions.

The first stop of your day is at a wine property in the Tavel region, famous for its production of deep pink-colored rosé wines. On a tour of the estate, learn about the terroir (characteristics of the local environment) that influences the taste and color of Tavel wines, and then sample a selection of the best, noting the crisp dry flavors that make these exquisite wines so prized.

Continue to another wine estate, just to the east of Tavel, in the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape region. Producing arguably the most famous wine in France, the area is also where the Appellation d'Origine Controlée (AOC) regulations originated. Products with this prestigious AOC label are guaranteed to be of a high quality and are prevalent throughout the entire Rhône Valley region.

On a tour of the property, learn about the strict AOC rules that the region’s wine estates must follow in order to produce these sumptuously rich wines, and then sample a few glasses with your guide. As you savor the complex fruity flavors that characterize Châteauneuf-du-Papes, you’ll realize why this beautiful wine remains virtually unmatched around the world.

Your tour finishes back at your Avignon hotel in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic tour with an extremely knowledgeable and personable guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Our guide,Julien, was friendly, knowledgeable and very professional. We enjoyed learning about terroir, the history as well as the wine tastings themselves. It was a great afternoon and we would recommend this tour to others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Loved it. Driver was very informative. Stopped many times so we could take pictures of the beautiful countryside. Wineries we visited were friendly and we loved the rose at Tavel. Would recommend this tour to wine lovers.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Our tour guide, Julien, was very informed about wines, and entertaining as well. Our time together was both educational and entertaining.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The afternoon vineyard tour to Tavel and Chateauneuf du Pape was excellent. The tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, and the tastings were superb. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Avignon. My only regret was not buying any Tavel or Lirac.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Anne was WONDERFUL. We had a fabulous time with some of the best wine in the world and we learned a lot! Totally worth it...we wish we did the full day tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Loved this tour
Our guide Julien was vey knowledgable and made the tour even better than expected
The wines were superb and the knowledge gained was invaluable
This is a must do tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Great guide, very helpful and knowledgeable about the area and wine!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This was a wonderful tour! Our guide picked us up at our hotel and for this tour, it turned out, it was only the two of us and one other person. Our guide, Caroline, was very personable, knowledgeable and enjoyable. She also provided a mini-tour of Avignon as we headed out of town toward the wine country. We first went to a Tavel winery which specializes in Rose wines. We tasted three different wines - a white, a red, and a Rose. All were wonderful. The winery guide provided a lot of interesting information about the Cote-du-Rhone wine region. Very informative. After this visit, we headed to Chateauneuf-du-Pape where we went to another winery. At this winery we received a tour of the winery and the various wine aging areas. After the tour, we tasted 4 or 5 different wines - one white and the rest reds. Also very wonderful. Our winery tour guide was very entertaining and lots of fun. All in all a very enjoyable and worthwhile afternoon. I highly recommend it!

Mike C
South Africa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This trip was cancelled, but instead we went to 2 wineries in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, which was very enjoyable

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