Discover the bounty and beauty of Rhône Valley wine country on a guided wine-tasting tour from Avignon. With a small group of fellow wine lovers, spend a full day visiting three esteemed wine estates near Mont Ventoux, Tavel and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Along the way, explore the lovely town of Beaumes-de-Venise. Meet local vintners and sample wines and olive oils while marveling at the stunning Provençal countryside.
Your day of adventuring through Rhône Valley wine country begins with morning pickup from your Avignon hotel. Grab a seat in the luxury minivan and enjoy scenic views as you wind through the foothills of Mont Vernoux to your first winery. Along the way, learn about the region's renown as a premier producer of fine wine.
After an hour, you'll arrive at a charming wine estate in the Ventoux region. Begin with an informational tour through the estate, including the cellars, fermenting rooms and bottling rooms, and learn about region’s diverse wines. Then sit down for an educational wine-tasting session, where you’ll discover how to use all your senses to distinguish unique flavor notes. You’ll sample up to five wines – taking in each wine’s color, aroma, texture and flavor – as well as local olive oils. Afterward, spend time strolling the vineyards and appreciating the beautiful natural setting.
Continue on to the quaint town of Beaumes-de-Venise for some lunch (own expense) and free time to shop and explore. After this short break, the wine-tasting continues in the Tavel region. Try signature Tavel rosés while learning about the area's distinct terroir (environmental characteristics). Finish your tour in the acclaimed Châteauneuf-du-Pape region, known for producing some of the world’s finest wine. Stroll through the facilities and enjoy tasting several beautiful samples before heading back to Avignon.
Your tour ends with hotel drop-off in the evening.
My wife and I enjoyed this tour immensely. Our guide, Adeline, was very knowledgeable about wine and the wine-making process. She also was a wealth of information about the history, geography, and meteorology of the surrounding region. The highlight of this tour was a wine tasting class at a winery in Ventoux where Adeline explained how to evaluate and taste wine. We were able to taste seven wines during this class. After lunch we went to a winery in Tavel where we tasted several rose wines which Tavel specializes in comparing wines made from grapes grown in different soils. We ended our day in Chateauneuf-du-Pape at a winery which discussed the specialized wine-making process in that region. We found Adeline to be utterly charming. Her English was impeccable.
Really great tour with a wonderful guide, Julian. Enjoyed all three wineries, and Julian's wonderful commentary about the wine making process, and the region. Julian did a fantastic job, and made everyone feel comfortable while on the tour. The only change I would make is for the tour company not to have others join the tour half way through the day. We had to backtrack to where we started in Avignon just to pick up two people. Wasted part of our tour day having to have Julian do that.
My best friend and I had an amazing trip with wonderful wine and food pairings. It was definitely worth it for the full day tour. Julien was a great driver, tour guide and teacher! He was charming and very knowledgeable about wines, food and Avignon. I would do it again!
JEB United States of ...
Every tour is about the guide. Julien was a superstar. He is a native of Avignon and could answer all our questions. Since we had just arrived the night before, he filled us in on the history as we drove to our first winery. It was just Julien and the 2 of us in the AM which was delightful. In the afternoon, our van was full...Julien 8. Still we had a wonderful time, and know it would not have been the same without Julien. He gets 5 stars. The wines were lovely...we were taught how to properly taste, and we learned a lot about the wonderful grapes and blends of the region. Do it!
We had a tour guide by the name of elody (spell). She was the best. Can't say enough about how good she was. She knew her stuff from history to wine.
Best guide ever. Bob Hewitt, Ketchikan, Alaska.
Delightful day - Julian was personable, knowledgable and well versed. Our morning wine tasting was exclusive to the three of us and was simply wonderful.
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