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.
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
Your 4-hour tour begins with afternoon pickup from your Avignon hotel. Relax as your minibus winds into the verdant Rhône Valley, a fertile and faceted wine region with many distinctive appellations. Visit two acclaimed wineries, starting in the Tavel region, where tastings of the estate’s signature rosés are complemented by a stroll through the lovely grounds. Sip on hand-selected wines while learning about the area’s terroir (environmental characteristics), and note the exquisite color and flavor that distinguishes Tavel’s prized wines. Next, drive east to the world-famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape region, where the prestigious Appellation d'Origine Controlée (AOC) regulations were developed. While at the wine estate, you’ll learn more about the AOC rules that set the standard for fine wine as you stroll through facilities and enjoy a tasting session including several beautiful samples. By the end of the tour, you’ll better understand the rich ecology of the Rhône Valley and the elite art of viticulture in southern France. Relax on the ride back to Avignon, returning to your hotel by early evening.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Sep 2018
We had a great time on this tour. Our driver/guide was knowledgeable, friendly and spoke English perfectly. We especially enjoyed the Rosè tasting in Tavel. She explained the 3 different soil types used and then poured samples of each so we could taste the difference. We stopped at a vineyard to take a close look at the vines and soil. We also liked the trip to the Chateauneuf-du-Pape ruins before going to the next winery. We recommend this tour for anyone who likes wine and wants to learn more about French wines.
This was a great tour, just the write length and content - great tastings and informative tours - our driver Jeremy was very friendly and helpful, even making suggestions which supported the rest of our stay in the area.
My adult daughters and I were part of an 8 person wine tour in the Rhone valley. Anna, our tour leader, was interesting and fun. The wine pours could have been more generous and/or allowed us to taste additional wines. I expected a setting where we could sit outside tasting wine while overlooking the vineyards, but the tastings take place while standing inside a tasting room. The wines themselves were very good, especially the Tavel rose.
I find it hard to recommend this tour. We did go to a Tavel vineyard, and try 4 generous wines - all which were great. Then we did a tour of a vineyard in Chateauneuf-de-Pape and tried their wines. However I thought our guide was a bit arrogant and I didnt learn as much about French wines as I thought it would on the tour. Its worth nothing that the vineyard in Chateauneuf on this tour is the same vineyard you go to one Le Grand Tour of Provence trip. I did both trips in two days, so that was disappointing - and I was surprised that wasn't raised with me when I rang Provence Reservation to confirm my bookings. I'd definitely choose Le Grand Tour over this one. Also, given the price of this tour I think I would have rather gone to a nice restaurant and tried a bunch of wines there. You can also get a train direct from Avignon to Chateauneuf de Pape where there are lots of cellars you can walk into and do tastings, which may be worth considering.
We really enjoyed this tour mainly because our tour guide Nicolas was very knowledgeable and engaging. He told us interesting history and fun stories. The wineries we visited were very nice and it happened to be the perfect length of tour, as more than 2 tasting locations would have put me to sleep. The scenery was beautiful and we even stopped on the way to take pictures at a historical place with a great view of the valley. I highly recommend this tour if this you are new to Avignon and want to know about the wine and history of the region!