The vineyards of the Rhone Valley and its world-famous appellations offer breathtaking landscapes and a large range of wine tastings. Between hills and big plains, you will cross the vineyards of a region with powerful traditions and an incomparable charm : this is wine tourism !
From Vienna to Valencia, you will have the opportunity to visit beautiful villages, most of which were built in the 17th century. It will also be an opportunity to taste the region’s most famous appellations such as Condrieu, in the far north of the region, Hermitage or Cote-Rotie. The perilous slopes of this region will surely make you realize how difficult the relief can be for the winegrower. You will have the pleasure of wandering between the vineyards along the Rhône, which digs the Rhône corridor, ideal for growing vines. The millenary wines of the northern Rhône Valley are rich, sometimes complex and silky…. what do you expect?
Our advice: take the time to stop at the Cave de Tain, located at the bottom of the Hermitage hill, for a tasting guided by its expert oenologists.
From Avignon to Montélimar, you can discover the land of Vinsobres, Gigondas or other Châteauneuf-du-Pape. There, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre or Clairette are grown. Crossing the Gard and Vaucluse rivers through the Drôme, you will discover unique farms and winegrowers, who will open their doors to you for a visit or a tasting. On your way, the Pont d’Avignon or the Palais des Papes are a must: you have no excuse to miss them in the summer.
The plus: don’t miss a visit to the vineyard on the Route des Papes, which is the cradle of the Valley’s vineyards, where you can enjoy these rolled pebbles that are the pride of local winegrowers.
It is here that you can find red, white, rosé and sparkling wines for the greatest pleasure of wine tourists visiting the region. In addition to the mountainous landscapes to contemplate, you can taste typical wines from the appellations Côtes-du-Lubéron, Pays d’Apt or Clairette de Bellegarde. If you pass through the southern Rhone Valley, you will have the opportunity to taste the rich terroir composed, among other things, of olive oil, lavender, candied fruit or truffles: so many dishes to match the regional wines!
The must-see: cross the Camargue Regional Nature Park where pink flamingos sublimate winegrowing operations: guaranteed sensations!