Excursions through the vineyards of Provence and the Côtes du Rhône

  • © ATOUT FRANCE/Jérôme Berquez

    © ATOUT FRANCE/Jérôme Berquez

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    © ATOUT FRANCE/Martine Prunevieille

Excursions through the vineyards of Provence and the Côtes du Rhône 84000 avignon fr

 


 


The following is a selection of some of the most picturesque roads and wine-growers' routes which criss-cross the Côtes de Provence and Côtes du Rhône regions.


 


When the vines start to turn ochre in autumn, or show the first green leaves of spring, what could be more enjoyable than a trip through the Provençal countryside, taking the time to stop and chat to local wine-producers and sample some of their best wines? Numerous roads and wine-growers' routes criss-cross the Côtes de Provence and Côtes du Rhône regions. Some of the most picturesque routes are features below.


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The tourist routes of the Côtes du Rhône
Vaucluse (84)
Nine wine routes criss-cross the Côtes du Rhône wine-producing region. Four of these pass through the vineyards of the Vaucluse: the Azur, Sepia, Indigo and Turquoise routes. The routes cross dozens of wine-producing villages, such as Gigondas, Beaumes de Venise, Vacqueyras and Visan, and encompass around 300 wine-growers. Each route has produced its own concise guide, which includes a map of the route, information on local sights of interest, accommodation, restaurants, and of course, the addresses of wine estates open to the public.
• Azur Route: wending its way around the Avignon region, the Azur Route takes visitors past buildings dating from the Papal period, as well as heading through the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards.
• Sepia Route: crossing the Papal Enclave (the part of the Vaucluse now surrounded by the Drôme département), this route enables visitors to visit the wine cellars of Richerenches, Visan and Valréas.
• Indigo Route: following in the footsteps of the Romans, from Orange to Vaison la Romaine, this route introduces visitors to three emblematic areas of the Côtes du Rhône Village appellation: Cairane, Rasteau and Roaix.
• Turquoise Route: spanning the elegant villages of the Dentelles de Montmirail, this route takes in the famous Vacqueyras, Gigondas and Beaumes de Venise wine-producing areas.


Guides available from Inter Rhône
 84000 Avignon
Tel: 04 90 27 24 00
Fax: 04 90 27 24 13
www.vins-rhone.com


Wine-growers' routes through the landscapes of the Côtes du Ventoux
Vaucluse (84)
"Between Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles", "The foothills of Mont Ventoux", "The terraces of the Comtat", "The hillsides of La Nesque", "The Monts de Vaucluse": these five wine routes provide visitors with an original way of exploring the region. Choose from a "traditional" route through the vineyards, itineraries that take you off the beaten track, combining vineyards with architectural sights, or follow wine-growers' tracks through the heart of wine estates. Ranging from wide open spaces to the tiniest detail, these fascinating routes allow you to explore the vineyards at your own pace.
The five wine routes can be downloaded from the following website: www.cotes-ventoux.com (click on documentation)


Tasting vintage wines in Provence
Var (83)
The Côtes de Provence Crus Classés were established in 1955. In 2006, the owners of these wine estates came together to create the Route des Crus Classés des Côtes de Provence. The route provides visitors with an opportunity to discover 13 wine estates in the Var. This region full of history, which is home to wine-growers producing both reds and rosés, typifies the colour and "art de vivre" of Provence.


GIE des Crus Classés
Tel: 04 94 64 88 30
contact@cruclass.com
www.cruclasseprovence.com



Create your own wine route in "Green Provence"
Var (83)
Green Provence is the name given to inland Var - a region of hills, vineyards and AOC wine areas such as Côtes de Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence. The region has come up with the fun idea of creating your own "virtual" wine route via their website. Simply select the wine estates of interest to you, add them to your list and create your own route, which you can then print up and explore at your own pace!


Office Intercommunal de Tourisme Pays de la Provence Verte
www.la-provence-verte.net - click on "Provence Verte virtual wine route"



Follow the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence wine route 
Bouches-du-Rhône (13)
This wine route is indicated by road signs marked "Coteaux d’Aix en Provence", accompanied by a picture of the typical Provençal cicada. It starts in Aix-en-Provence and follows a 100km circuit through the surrounding countryside. The route passes through eleven villages in the Aix region, between the Etang de Berre and the Durance river, and takes in wine-producing estates in villages such as Coudoux, Lançon-de-Provence, Pélissanne, Lambesc, Rognes and Puyricard.


Françoise Piétri Tel: 04 42 23 57 14
(Free booklet highlighting the wine route and a list of wine estates)
www.coteauxaixenprovence.com - click on "La Route des Vins"



Sainte-Victoire wine route
Bouches-du-Rhône (13)
The first AOC Côtes-de-Provence area on the slopes of Mont Sainte-Victoire was declared a year ago, where a new wine route offers visitors an original way of exploring the landscapes so dear to the painter Cézanne. Starting in Aix, the route winds its way past the Domaine de Saint-Ser on the upper hillside, the Domaine de Richeaume on the southern slopes, passes the Château Coussin Sainte-Victoire, before finishing at the Château Grand Boise, which boasts stunning views of Mont Sainte-Victoire.


Comité des Coteaux d’Aix-CIVP
Maison des Agriculteurs
22, avenue Henri-Pontier
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Tel: 04 42 23 57 14
vins@coteauxaixenprovence.com


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