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Discover the rich traditions and flavors of Rhône Valley wine country on a guided wine-tasting tour from Avignon. With a small group of fellow wine enthusiasts, spend a half day visiting one or two distinguished wine estates in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape territory to sample and learn about local varietals. Your excursion includes fascinating estate tours and intimate tasting sessions in a breathtaking natural setting.


  • 3.5- to 4-hour wine-tasting day trip from Avignon
  • Visit two local wineries in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape winemaking territories
  • Admire panoramic views over 17th- and 18th-century castles in the French countryside
  • Sample the wines during tasting sessions with your guide
  • Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritagelisted Roman amphitheater in Orange (depending on day of visit)
  • Tour includes round-trip travel from your hotel in Avignon
  • Small-group tour limited to 8 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Delve deep into France’s Rhône Valley and gain insight into the region's rich winemaking heritage. Depending on the day of your tour, discover thousands of years of Roman history at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Roman amphitheater in Orange.

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Avignon

Explore the vineyards of the Rhone Valley during your wine-tasting tour from Avignon

Your 4-hour trip through Rhône Valley wine country begins with morning pickup from your Avignon hotel. Take a seat in the comfortable minivan and enjoy scenic views as you wind through the foothills of Mont Vernoux. Along the way, learn about the region's ancient winemaking heritage – originating in Roman times! – and current renown as a premier producer of fine wine.

You’ll visit up to two acclaimed wineries in the world-famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape region, where the prestigious Appellation d'Origine Controlée (AOC) regulations were developed. As you travel, listen to your expert guide describe the grape varieties that thrive in this region, including Grenache, Cinsault and Counoise. 

While at each winery, you’ll learn more about strictly preserved wine-making techniques, stroll through the cellars stacked with barrels of maturing wine, and enjoy a tasting session of several beautiful samples. Immerse yourself in the sensory experience of wine-tasting from taking in the color and aroma to identifying the complex flavor notes on your palate. Afterward, spend time strolling the vineyards and admiring gorgeous views of the centuries-old castles and mansions that dot the Rhône Valley.

Your half-day excursion ends with drop-off at your hotel by afternoon. By the end, you’ll better understand the rich ecology of the Rhône Valley and the art of viticulture in southern France. 

Please note: Monday and Thursday tours will visit two wineries. On any other day of the week, your tour with include one winery visit and tasting, followed by a stop in Orange to view its UNESCO–listed Roman amphitheater, one of Europe's most magnificent examples.

Customer Reviews

Cynthia O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour .. learned lots, and our guide Remi was fabulous .. I would certainly recommend this trip !

Wing Lan Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

As our trip was on Tuesday, we visited one winery and Roman amphitheater in Orange.
Visit to the winery was interesting and we got to learn some basic knowledge of wine from the owner himself. I wish we would be able to spend more time at the winery though we were already behind schedule as we were too excited during the wine tasting part. The guide is knowledgable and friendly. Thank you for such a great half day !

Reynir S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a great half day tour.

Emma M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I had a wonderful time at chateaunerf du pape. Both my tour guide and the staff at the wineries but very knowledgable, friendly and good fun! It was a great start to the day. Also the wine is amazing!

Sara T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour guide was very nice and I enjoyed the tour. She even spoke in French and English for us, so that we could practice our French. The wine tasting was interesting and fun and the Roman ampitheatre was very cool.

Sandy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I had a great time on this tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and found us easily. I wish we had toured more than one vineyard, but Chateauneuf de Pape was fascinating.

Christine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent half day tour, Roman theatre in 'Orange' followed by wine tour Chateau nerve du pape, well worth the money, guide excellent, wine tasting even better. Learnt a lot about wine, as it was our first wine tasting tour.

Sara B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Really enjoyed this trip. I love wine, but had little knowledge of French wine. This tour helped to educate me, and I walked away with a greater understanding. Plus, the wine was delicious and the area was beautiful. I am very glad I signed up for this.

Lorilea F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

We were met promptly at 8:45 by Julien, a young man who grew up in Avignon. He was extremely pleasant, spoke very good English and had a wonderful sense of humour. There was six of us on this tour (four in our group) and it was wonderful chatting with the other two ladies. We arrived promptly at the Winery however had to wait for the other tour groups, which was fine as it gave us time to look around ourselves. The tour in the winery was excellent and very worthwhile . The tour guide in the winery was incredibly knowledgeable and showed a passion for wine making. We sampled three wines at Chateauneuf-de-Pape and then went to Brote where Julien our guide described the wines after we went through a small museum of historical wine-making equipment. This was my favourite part of the tour as it was just the six of us along with Julien. We sampled three more wines and were able to talk amongst ourselves about the tastes, etc. rather than in the large group at the first winery ...where of course there are always those people who need to let know how knowledgeable they are! Definitely would go on this tour again, especially if our guide was Julien.

Jane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Extremely pleasant and knowledgeable courier and tour really good.

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