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Rhone Valley Region
Thanks to an extraordinary climate and fertile soil along the Rhône River, the vineyards of the Rhône Valley region produce some of the finest wines in the world. Stretching from the Camargue in the south to Lyon in the north, the Rhône Valley boasts over 1,000 vineyards intermingled with villages, lavender fields, and olive groves.  

The Basics
Get a true taste of Rhône Valley wine country with a guided wine-tasting tour. Choose between private or small-group tours and set off into the countryside to learn about the region’s diverse wines, traditional winemaking techniques, and rich cultural history. 

You’ll sample crisp roses and rich reds while taking in views of the picturesque Provençal landscape. If you’re interested in the history of the region, choose a tour that also includes a visit to one of the historical hilltop villages of Provence such as Sault or Roussillon.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Rhône Valley is a must-visit region for wine enthusiasts and history buffs.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes; vineyard paths may be cobbled and uneven. 
  • Bring a small notebook for taking wine-tasting notes. 
  • If you plan to enjoy many tastings, book a tour that includes transportation for carefree travel.

How to Get There
The Rhône Valley is situated in the south of France along both sides of the Rhône River. Most wine-tasting tours of the valley set out from Avignon or Marseille and include round-trip transportation from your accommodations. Taking the French regional train is a great way to travel from town to town while enjoying views of vineyards and the stunning countryside. 

When to Get There
The Rhône Valley is a lovely destination year-round. The peak tourist season runs from June through September, both in terms of prices and crowds, and picks up again during the holiday season. Lavender blooms from late June through the beginning of August, depending on rainfall, but often peaks in the middle of July. WIth spring flowers in bloom, mild temperatures, fewer crowds, and lower prices, April and May are among the best times to visit.   

Famous Wines of the Rhône Valley 
The Rhône is divided into two distinctly different subregions, the Northern Rhône and the Southern Rhône, each with its own unique geography, climate, and grape varieties. The northern subregion only produces red wines from the syrah grape and several whites from marsanne, roussanne, and viognier, including famous appellations such as Crozes-Hermitage, Côte-Rôtie, and Condrieu. The southern region produces a variety of red, white, and rosé wines by Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel, and more.  
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Rhone Valley Wine Tour from Avignon: Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Tavel

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Rhône Valley wine country on this half-day tour from Avignon. In a small group, wind through verdant hills en route to two esteemed wine estates where you’ll take guided tours and taste sumptuous AOC-classified wines, from crisp rosés in Tavel to an array of world-class varietals in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Avignon, Les Baux de Provence and Chateauneuf-du-Pape Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence

Spend a perfect day in Provence on this combo tour featuring visits to Les Baux de Provence, Avignon and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Departing from Aix-en-Provence by luxury minibus, discover a medieval hilltop village and snap a photo by the Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage–listed Roman aqueduct. Explore on foot Avignon and learn about its papal history. Finish this day of beautiful sightseeing with a wine-tasting session inside a Châteauneuf-du-Pape winery. An informative guide shares insightful commentary along the way.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Best of Provence Day Trip from Marseille: Avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Les Baux de Provence

Soak up the bounty, beauty and history of Provence on a full-day trip from Marseille. In Avignon, the ‘City of Popes,’ you’ll discover ancient and medieval art and architecture on a guided, small-group tour. Pop into the Popes’ Palace (own expense) before continuing to Châteauneuf-du-Pape to sample fine Provençal wines in an elegant château. Finish with a visit to the medieval hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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Rhone Valley Wine Tour with Picnic : Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Ventoux and Tavel

Discover the bounty and beauty of Rhône Valley wine country on a guided wine-tasting tour from Avignon. With a small group of fellow wine lovers, spend a full day visiting three esteemed wine estates near Mont Ventoux, Tavel and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Along the way, explore the lovely town of Beaumes-de-Venise. Meet local vintners and sample wines and olive oils while marveling at the stunning Provençal countryside.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Private Rhone Valley Wine Tour from Avignon: Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Tavel

While in Avignon, treat yourself to a private tour of Rhône Valley wine country! With a personal guide, wind through the lush Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region en route to two esteemed wine estates, where you’ll see traditional winemaking techniques and taste sumptuous wines from crisp rosés in Tavel to an array of world-class reds in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Finish with a historic tour of Avignon including famous sites like the Saint-Bénézet Bridge.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Rhone Valley Wine Tour with Picnic from Avignon

Experience the exquisite flavors of the Rhône Valley on this 5-hour wine-tasting tour from Avignon. In a small group, wind through the verdant foothills of Mont Ventoux en route to a distinguished wine estate. Your tasting adventure includes a tour of the estate's lovely vineyards, cellars and fermenting rooms, a sensory lesson in wine-tasting and unique wine flights – including a range of five fine wines.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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