In the past, we’ve made the mistake of visiting wine regions only to leave feeling we hadn’t gotten a true feel for the area. So, on our recent trip into the Provence/Southern Rhone area I thought I'd check to see what professional tours were available. Decouvertes Vigneronnes was the first search result and had great reviews, so we called Julien and booked for the day of our arrival there.
Julien was great! He picked us up at our B&B (the highly recommended Le Mas Terre des Anges near Sarrians) and took us on what turned out to be a slightly more than 4 hour tour of wineries and vineyards in the area.
We started in Châteauneuf-du-Pape with a tour of Domaine de Beaurenard. Since our visit was during harvest, we were lucky enough to see grapes coming in for de-stemming and crushing. We saw their wine caves and sampled wines in their tasting room. Julien then took us to the old church at the top of the beautiful little town for photo opps and an optional self-guided stroll down through the village. After meeting Julien at the base of the village, the next destination was a beautiful vineyard to see the impressive rocks surrounding the vines that typify the growing conditions in the area.
Next up was the gorgeous village of Gigondas. After another self-guided tour down through the town, we headed into the impressive Caveau du Gigondas to taste multiple wines from the area (all very good, BTW).
The highlight of our day was a visit with the matriarch of the Domaine La Bouissiere winery, Genevieve in her tasting room. Julien knew her well from his days living in the village. What a lady and character!.. and the wines were excellent. We left with multiple bottles and smiles on our faces.
We also had an enjoyable time sitting down and tasting wines at a shop near the Caveau (on their terrace) before heading off to Vacqueyras.
In Vacqueyras, we stopped at the biodynamic winery, Domaine La Ligière. Julien took us through a tasting of several of their wines in their intimate tasting room. All very good. We left with more bottles.
As Julien dropped us off at our B&B, we thought that our day had been spent in the best way possible. If you’re into wine and want to tour the area, book with Julien! He tailors the day to your wine interest and knowledge. Highly recommended!
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