Indulge in a full day of wine tasting as you roam the vineyards and medieval villages of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the region’s most important wine appellations. Explore the villages of Gigondas and Vacqueyras, stopping at traditional wineries to sample both red and white wines, and learn the secrets of local wine production. This small-group tour from Avignon also includes a delicious 2-course lunch.
Appreciate the exquisite beauty and bounty of rural Provence on a half-day tour of Les Baux-de-Provence from Avignon. Perched in the rocky Alpilles mountains, Les Baux offers panoramic views of the expansive vineyards and olive orchards that blanket the hillside. With your expert guide, visit a local olive mill to sample fine AOC olive oils and see how they're made, then head to a winery in the foothills for an intimate wine-tasting session.
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.
Go behind the scenes of the world's most secretive business. Take a tour of a Provencal truffle plantation, learn how truffles are grown and truffle dogs are trained, and go on a hunt for France's elusive "black gold" with professional hunters who know the tricks of the trade.
You will be regaled with stories of successes and sabotage, and learn to tell the difference between a real Provençal tuber melanosporum and its inferior Chinese counterparts. You'll also learn how to properly clean, store and cook with truffles.
The Pastras olive and truffle oil.
Mushroom hunting excursions are available from September 15 until November 15 (weather permitting). We will use knives and sneakers (provided). During your time in Provence you will learn how to distinguish between edible and poisonous mushrooms.
We will hunt for about 10 different varieties, including: ceps, chanterelle, golden chanterelle, mushroom hedgehog, blue stalk mushroom, Tricholoma myomyces, Saffron milk cap, white saddle, elfin saddle, and black trumpet. You'll discover the quiet, unspoiled forests of the area and enjoy the bucolic and relaxed atmosphere of Provence. You will need to be comfortable with that, you do not mind getting muddy.
Immerse yourself in one of the world's oldest traditions. Take a tour of the Provençal farm, learn how to grow and make wine, make the most of ancient oak barrels that are waist-high, have enough room for 4+ people, and have a view of Mount Sainte Victoire.
You'll be regaled with harvest stories passed down from local farmers and learn traditional French drinking songs. You will also learn to tell the difference between the different types of local grapes and wines. Grape stomps are followed by a buffet of cheese, paté, charcuterie, red wine and a tasting of our farm olive oil and truffle oil.
It's an authentic French experience that is full of laughter, fun for all ages and makes memorable vacation photos that you'll cherish long after your toes are no longer sticky.