Spend a full-day discovering the Cotes du Rhone variety of fine wines on this private tour. Learn about grape varieties, wine-production, and the rich history of the Rhone region with a winemaker. Visit a selected cellars complete with wine-tasting sessions (included). Enjoy a delicious lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant. You will receive convenient pickup and drop-off from your downtown Avignon hotel.
Couldn't have been better! Our guide, Gilles was wonderful.He made my husband, who doesn't drink wine, feel like a part of the tour. We visited a number of different wineries from one that dated to Roman times, to the state of the art Chateauneuf de Pape. I loved the visit to the small vineyard and our conversation with its owner. Our lunch in the garden at the Chateau was great and even the weather cooperated as it was a beautiful day. Definitely a treat!
Our wine tour experience was exceptional. We were fortunate to be the only
two booked that day, so it was like a private experience.
In looking for wine tour options prior to booking, most only included a
couple of wineries and then stops at historical points. Being wine
enthusiasts, we wanted to visit more places if possible. That is what drew
us to this tour option.
Our guide was a local grape grower and was very familiar with the area.
From the moment he picked us up, it was clear that he was being thoughtful
about what we wanted to get out of the experience. We were wearing sandals,
so he suggested we skip trudging into the grape fields and, instead, he
added a few additional stops at wineries based on proximity and our taste
preferences, as well as stops at historical vantage points over the day.
He started the day at a winery specializing in making wines just as the
Romans did and followed up with one specializing in Rose.
Lunch was included and we had assumed that it would be basic, but the
choice of location and the quality of the meal FAR exceeded any possible
expectation. We had an adorable shabby chic table reserved for two on a
lovely shaded patio at a chateau-turned-restaurant called A Table that is
surrounded by a vineyard and rolling hills. The meal included wine and
three courses, or you could opt for a la carte courses. It was truly
Our tour guide returned to collect us and we maximized our remaining time
with visits to four very different wineries, ranging from a small, family
run spot to a larger, contemporary location with greater production, as
well as stops at historical points of interest with views providing great
Our guide did say that the number of stops depends greatly on the length of
time spent at each place and the number of participants, so being just two
of us, I think we were able to cover more ground more quickly. Also, the
lunch location we so greatly enjoyed is only open M-F, so weekend tour
participants are out of luck
In that regard.
Overall, we were impressed with the thought put into the chosen locations
and order, as well as our guide's attentiveness and flexibility. I think
this tour provides tremendous value for the money!