Grit and grandeur coexist perfectly in Marseille, an exuberant and multicultural port city with a pedigree dating back to ancient Greece… Named capital of European culture in 2013, Marseille is also the highlight of entertainment for all those who are getting ready to go on the Aix-en-Provence wine route!
Dynamic and full of yachts and pleasure boats, the old port of Marseille will give you an incomparable peace of mind! Further up, you will also find the old district of Panier, the oldest district of the city. The Republic district, with its elegant boutiques and Haussmann buildings, as well as the Joliette district, centred on the mythical Cathedral of Marseille Notre Dame de la Major, are also worth exploring.
This black sheep from the provencal coast may seem less glamorous than Cannes or Saint-Tropez, but is still home to the beautiful “Calanques”, a heavenly coast between Marseille and Cassis. Beautiful views, beautiful beaches and a refreshing sea breeze are some of the highlights that travellers can enjoy while visiting the Calanques National Park.
In the footsteps of Cézanne, the Aix-en-Provence wine route is the road to gastronomy, the art of dining and well-being. By discovering this generous region, you will have the opportunity to experience the magnificent wine country around Mont Sainte-Victoire and taste the calissons of Aix; this region is a paradise of gastronomy with a multitude of grocery stores including Leonard Parli (which you should not miss!) You can then continue the Provencal wine route to Domaine de Saint-Jean-Ser, a 33 hectare estate located at the foot of Mont Sainte-Victoire. Through 19 grape varieties and an olive grove with 13 varieties of fruit, you will surely appreciate the rich Provencal terroir.
You can then follow the botanical trail crossing the Grand Site of Sainte-Victoire and leading to the pretty Chapel of Saint-Ser. And to conclude your day, finish up the Provencal wine road with a stop at Mas Cadenet, where vines are proudly grown by the Négrel family since 1813. The tour ends, as you might expect it, with a tasting of four wines made on the estate. An authentic and ideal route to discover the true Côtes de Provence!
Marseille is one of the essential steps of the Provence wine tour.