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Wine tasting tours in Provence near and Avignon Wine tasting in Chateauneuf du Pape wineries

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Tour takes place in a 5 seater Lancia Delta sedan with panoramic glass roof. I drive, I explain and I comment...while you taste and you drink with no restrictions !

 

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It's a personalized tour only for you. No group which means that your interlocutors will take care of you 100 % !

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Wine tasting Provence : You can choose between 2 different tours according to your time and budget :

Tour # 1 : 1/2 day (Not always possible on saturdays and generally never on sundays)The wine route tour starts at 2:00 pm finishes at about 7:00 pm. Visited wineries may vary according to availability of owners.

Stop at a winery in Vacqueyras Le Clos de Caveau, producing organic wines rated 91 by Robert Parker. These wines have won a gold medal at the Paris trade fair (most famous award in France for wines) Tasting of 3 to 4 wines and explanations on organic wine making. Clos de Caveau
Huge, dense, super-concentrated, monster-styled Vacqueyras. This 2009 Vacqueyars, Carmin Brillant, which was macerated for nearly three months (very unusual) and then put in two year old barrels, is among the most concentrated wines I tasted from this vintage. A singular effort that mst be admired… with extracts and density levels off the charts."
Robert Parker
Carmin Brillant 09, not yet released, Wine Advocate #191,Oct. 2010.
Stop at the cooperative winery of Cairanne on the wine route of Provence to follow the "5 senses course" (Guided explanations). Commentary and wine tasting of 6 different wines produced by this AOC Cotes du Rhone Village cooperative. See full description after tour #2.
Wine tasting and visit at the Château Saint-Esteve in Uchaux producing AOC "Côtes du Rhône Village Massif d'Uchaux" Excellent "viognier" white wine. Wine tasting of a minimum of 5 different vintages.
Opportunity to buy wines at cellar prices 20 % VAT deducted when wines are shipped to your door.

A unique opportunity in the Rhone Valley !

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Châteauneuf du Pape : stop at "Wine, Chocolate & Co" a fabulous chocolate maker (selected as the best in France by "Gourmet Magazine"). Here you will have a personal course about pairing wine and chocolate (3 wines and 5 different chocolate candies). This is a unique experience that you will never forget. It will give you great ideas to surprise your friends with your knowledge of association between wine and chocolate flavors. This place is recommended by EyeWitness top 10 of Provence, Michelin Guide, Lonely Planet, Frommers, Rick Steeves.
Châteauneuf du Pape : stop at La maison des vins "Vinadea", which is the official shop where 90 winegrowers of this prestigious AOC have joined in order to offer tastings of their wines in a unique location.
Visit to the ruins of the medieval castel on top of the hill where a breathtaking view over the Rhone Valley and the Mont Ventoux will surprise you.
The "Vinadea" visit is not always possible due to tour schedule. Please enquire.

 

- A complete documentation about Côtes du Rhône wines will be offered as well as a surprisingly useful device. The program may vary slightly according to wineries availability the day of the tour.
Wineries Wine tours, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Cairanne, Beaumes de Venise. Provence accommodation. bed breakfast Avignon

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- Cost of Tour # 1 : 200,00 €/pers. (minimum 2 persons. Maximum 6 pers.)

Tour # 2 : 1/2 day with dinner and final tasting (afternoons only, not always possible on saturdays and generally never on sundays)

- Same as tour # 1 plus :

- Back to le Mas at 7:00 pm : wine tasting (blind test) of 3 different "A.O.C." of the area : Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône villages, Vacqueyras, Châteauneuf du Pape, etc...(Wines may vary slightly according to food served).
- Gastronomic dinner at le Mas served with an elegant "French touch" : porcelain plates of Limoges gilded with gold sheet, Baccarrat crystal glasses and silver cutleries massive. The dinner comprises one entrée, one main course, cheese and desert and is entirely home made. All wines tasted previoulsly are included.

- Cost of Tour # 2 : 250,00 €/pers. (minimum 2 persons. Maximum 6 pers.)

 

THE 5 SENSES TOUR (included in tours #1 and #2) : A truly unique oenological concept and experience set in a real winery: the "sensorial Parcours" , or wine sensory tour is an educational and highly entertaining way for the public to discover Cairanne wines.
This Parcours is far from a tedious display of ancestral tools, or a very complete technical visit for future oenologists.
The experience takes place in a contemporary setting, where visitors make their way through the wine cellar itself, amidst oak barrels ands vats, as they discover the myriad facets of Cairanne, with no other tools but their own.
All your senses are stimulated... This is indeed a curious journey where, one by one, the Ear, the Eye, then Hand, Nose and finally the Mouth are king. The pleasures of the 5 senses mingle with an encounter, a meeting with a village and its winegrowers, the knowledge of a trade, the artists' vision of an art of living. An entertaining and educational approach to discovering the world of wine.
LOOK : The room of colours: Open your eyes wide! A rainbow of colours: cold winter blue, soft leaf green, burning summer, harvest reds, celebrations, ochre…LISTEN : Two soundscapes: Be all ears! a ballade where acoustic and poetic worlds open the door to the countryside, the seasons, the cellar surroundings, tasting and pleasure. TOUCH : The room of materials: Touch, Imagine, Describe! The materials that speak to us of "terroirs" and wines: leather, raw silk, the roughest cloth, protective cork. SMELL : The room of aromas: Smell, Guess! This room is designed for interactive tasting and the pleasure of sharing the wines of the Cave de Cairanne. Learn about the main families of aromas contained in our wines, identify them one by one. Have fun matching food and wine. TASTE : The tasting room: Jump in ! Cairanne wines of course; a guided tasting will add to the pleasures of the 5 senses, encounter with an art of living, the passion of winegrowers and sommeliers.

Extra option : stay and enjoy our B&B. Minimum 2 nights.

- accommodation in a *** double bed studio with private bathroom and toilets and private terrace. View of Ventoux mountain and the vineyards. Pool. Garden. - French continental breakfasts : fruit juice, yogurt, coffee or tea, assortment of bread rolls and croisssants.Butter and home made marmelade."If Charles & Andrée Barail's B&B in a 17th-century stone mas surrounded by unruly flowerbeds, lawns, and gravel terraces shaded by mature trees isn't your Provencal rural fantasy come to life, then you've got the wrong picture." © Condé Nast Traveler

- Cost of this option : 95,00 € / 2pers / night. (minimum for 2 persons accommodated in a studio if available) to be added to the chosen tour.

Detailed technical informations about Cotes du Rhone AOC wines

History of the AOC - Appellation d’Origine Controlée - Côtes du Rhône.About Cotes du Rhone "Villages" AOC wines
Local geography of the Rhone Valley About Cotes du Rhone Villages "Cairanne"
About the elaboration of Cotes du Rhone wines About Cotes du Rhone Villages Massif d'Uchaux
About red wines from the Rhone Valley About Cotes du Rhone "Gigondas"
About white wines from the Rhone Valley About Cotes du Rhone "Vacqueyras"
About standard AOC Cotes du Rhone wines About Cotes du Rhone "Chateauneuf du Pape"
 
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