Enjoy a quintessential wine tasting experience in one of France’s most famous wine regions, as you sip your way around the Côtes du Rhône on this 5-hour small-group tour from Avignon. Indulge in expert-led tastings as you explore the vineyards and visit wineries in Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas or Séguret. Sip a selection of Grand Cru wines, as you learn about the wine production process, the importance of French ‘terroir’ and how to distinguish between the different Crus.
Our guide was exceptional; very knowledgeable, understood the history of the area, the geography, and wine making. He was extremely professional, courteous, and safe. He knew the vineyards, the people, and subtleties of the years and various blends. He went out of his way - and time to make sure we had food for an afternoon picnic. In summary, it was a wonderful experience!
We very much enjoyed our tour with a knowledgeable if not gregarious tour guide and would give this 4.5 stars. We visited two wineries Beaurenard in Chateauneuf de Pape and a very small one in Gigondas - both excellent. After Gigondas we were offered a chance to visit either a 3rd winery or additional villages in the area with some history. We choose the villages and were treated an excellent tour with good info on the wine and history from our guide.
JB was a great tour guide. We had a fantastic time on our tour. We visited two vineyards and had plenty of wine tasting. JB gave us a great history lesson in the area and was very knowledgeable of wine and wine tasting. The touring van was cool and comfortable. Additionally, we got to spend the day in the beautiful French countryside. Overall, it was a awesome day.
A really enjoyable and informative afternoon with an entertaining and knowledgeable guide. Two vineyards visited producing varied types of wine with a degustation and tips on how to get the best from a tasting, with a demonstration of the different terroirs and what they bring to the process. Saw some charming villages we would probably not have visited otherwise. Made our stay.
There were only three of us for this tour and our guide, J.B. picked us up in a nice sedan instead of a minivan. This made our travel time much more enjoyable it was quieter and more comfortable. J.B. is charismatic and professional. His personal and professional experience provided a depth and breadth to the information shared about the tour sites and the region in general. As we talked, he could tailor the stops and his presentation to our level of interest and knowledge. Seguret and Gigondas are beautiful villages it was interesting to see the countryside change as we traveled east from Chateauneuf du Pape.
Late May is a wonderful time to be in Provence. It is comfortably warm and the plants and flowers are vigorous and showy. It is too early for the grand fields of lavender, but the poppies more than make up for them.
What a wonderful day in Southern Rhone! We tasted great wines, learned more about the unique terroir of the area, and enjoyed touring through the beautiful scenery. Emmanuel led our tour and we enjoyed spending the afternoon with him learning more about this special wine region.
I really expected more from this tour. I would not rate this as Grand Cru wine tasting as it was not. Our guide was OK, but not great. Instead of providing commentary between the long drive times, the van was silent. I though that the guide could have provided more information about the area and about wine. Neither tasting we went to was great. We also stopped at a wine selling location that did not seem to be expecting us, seemed annoyed we were there, and the wine seemed to be randomly ordered with no explanations. I would book another tour out to the Rhone Valley - you can book one directly in Avignon or use another company here on Viator.