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Rhone Valley Wine Tour with Picnic : Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Ventoux and Tavel

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Avignon, France
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Overview

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.
  • Full-day Rhône Valley wine tour from Avignon led by a knowledgeable guide
  • Travel to a wine estate near Mont Ventoux and ‘taste’ wines and olive oil
  • Spend time for lunch at leisure in the little town of Beaumes-de-Venise
  • Sample rosé wine in Tavel
  • Learn about Rhône Valley viniculture and sample renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine
Your day of adventuring through Rhône Valley wine country begins with morning pickup from your Avignon hotel. Grab a seat in the 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 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. 

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The best tour ever!
Jiheehan2019
, Jul 2019
It was the best time in France. I and my wife took the full day tour. Our guide Emmanuel was very nice and knowledgable. He explained us the climates, soils, grapes in Ventoux. We were guided to the cave and Emmanuel explained the wine making process. We tasted good Chateau Pesquie wines together. Then the picnic in the winery was fantastic. I can't forget the taste of bread, pate with morels, and saucisson. I wish I could get the pate and saucisson in my country, South Korea. In the afternoon, we visited Tavel for rose wine and Chateauneuf du Pape for red and white. The weather was very hot. But I and my wife really enjoyed wine tasting there. It a shame that we forgot gratuity. But I and my wife truly thank Emmanuel.
Excellent Tour
Tourist49669077390
, May 2019
This was an excellent tour. We chose the full day option, so it was just the four of us in the morning and we were joined by other people doing the half day option in the afternoon. In all honesty, I thought the best part of our day was in the morning when we did toured the winery, learned how to do a wine tasting and had a picnic lunch on the grounds of the vineyard. It was really beautiful, and we all learned a lot. We were then joined by the half-day group for the afternoon, but they missed out on all the information received in the morning. I would highly recommend this tour, but spend the extra money on the full day option!
We decided on the full day tour...
Catherine A W
, Jun 2018
We decided on the full day tour which was a great decision. Our guide Marc was very knowledgeable about Avignon, the area, the history and the wineries. In fact he hosted the first wine tasting. We stopped for lunch in Beaumes de Venise but the market was not open on that day which was disappointing. We went back to Avignon to drop off some people and to pick up some more and then went to Tavel and Chateau Neuf -de -Pape in the afternoon. Again the wineries showcased some of the different wines of the region and Marc gave us more information about each wine. We had a cellar tour at Chateau Neuf - de- Pape which was also interesting.
An incredible day! Victoria was...
jlandversicht
, Mar 2018
An incredible day! Victoria was incredibly knowledgeable and pleasant to be with. The wineries and all of the stops were well planned and beautiful. I would absolutely recommend this tour!
First of all, the tour guide was...
Lu Z
, Oct 2017
First of all, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and give us an incredible experience at the first vineyard. However, I am rating this 3 stars because there is no vinegar tasting at all! I am not sure if you are revising your tour description now, but when i booked it, it says wine AND vinegar tasting. I only had wine. Disappointed.
My wife and I joined this day tour...
HKcouple
, Apr 2017
My wife and I joined this day tour with Julien as our tour guide, and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We visited one winery in the morning, where Julien talked us through the wine making process, also showing us the barrels in which wine was fermented in that Chateau, giving us a glimpse of how modern technology played a part in the wine making process of this part of France. Being a local brought up in Chateauneuf De Pape, Julien had all the knowledge to answer your questions about wine making, the grapes, terrior, Chateaus etc in Provence! He also had some sense of humour, which made it very enjoyable chatting to and learning from him. We managed to try 7 types of wine in the morning, with Julien giving us some knowledge on how to sample wine. We were then taken to a small town, Beaumes-de-Venise, for lunch, were we spent about an hour. It was a Tuesday morning, with a small local market, where we bought some juice, fruits and even some oysters from a local seafood stall to eat on the spot! In the afternoon, we went to Tavel and Chateauneuf de Pape, two wine regions well known in Provence. The drive up to Chateauneuf de Pape was great, with Julien driving us through the vineyards, where we could actually get off the car and have a brief walk in the vineyards. We made a stop on the remains of the castle in Chateauneuf de Pape, where we could take some photos. After that, we were taken through a local winery in Chateauneuf de Pape, where we were guided through the wine cellars, and were able to see these large oak wine barrels. A local in the winery introduced the place to us, which was a good experience for someone to know more about the wine making process. The tour ended with wine tasting in the local winery in Chateauneuf de Pape, tasting one white and two reds. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the tour, with Julien giving us good recommendations on where to dine at night. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who would like to gain some knowledge and to have a glimpse into wine making in Provence, also if you would like to try different types of wine from this region of France. I would say it is suitable for you, whether you know nothing about wine, or already have some knowledge on it.
My wife and I enjoyed this tour...
surferjoe13
, Nov 2015
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...
Mara H
, Sep 2015
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...
Eugenia H
, Jul 2015
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!
Every tour is about the guide...
JEB
, Jun 2015
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!

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