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Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France Wine tasting & winery tours

Our most recommended Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France Wine tasting & winery tours

From Avignon: Half-Day Great Vineyards Tour

1. From Avignon: Half-Day Great Vineyards Tour

Discover the wine country of 3 Grand Crus on this 5-hour guided tour in the Côtes du Rhône. The highlights of this renowned wine region include Gigondas, Seguret, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, whose wines carry the certification of Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC). During your tour you’ll have a chance to admire the beauty of vineyards and the small regional villages dominated by bell towers. You’ll be at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, and in this lovely landscape you’ll learn about wine production and grape varieties. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to taste some fine wines with a wine specialist. The specialist’s expert knowledge will help make your tasting session a unique and memorable experience.

Avignon: Full-Day Wine Tour around Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2. Avignon: Full-Day Wine Tour around Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Visit the world-renowned vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape on a full-day excursion from Avignon. Accompanied by a wine specialist guide, visit 4 of the main appellations in the region. Head to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the world’s best-known wines. Discover grapes such as the grenache, the syrah, and the mourvèdre, which give the wines their fruity and spicy tastes. Visit a wine producer and explore their cellars, where you’ll see the barrels used to age wines for up to 24 months. In addition, learn how to taste wines, using your eyes, your nose, and finally your palate.

From Avignon: Afternoon Wine Tour Châteauneuf du Pape

3. From Avignon: Afternoon Wine Tour Châteauneuf du Pape

Tucked between the Alps to the east and the Rhone River to the west, Provence is a rich tapestry of natural and manmade wonders. On this tour departing Avignon, you will enjoy a trip to the famous vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Stop at the ruins of the castle built by the former Popes who relocated the papacy to Avignon in the 14th-Century and used it as their summer residence. Then drive to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the world’s most popular wines. Discover the different grape varietals, such as Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, which give distinctly fruity and spicy wines. The 13 varieties of grapes combined with the various soils create a large palette of complex red wines and elegant white wines. Enjoy two wine-tastings in two of the numerous cellars of the village before going back to Avignon.

Nice: Provence Village Tour with Wine and Produce Tasting

4. Nice: Provence Village Tour with Wine and Produce Tasting

Uncover the secrets to winemaking on this day trip from Nice. Travel in air-conditioned van. Tour a cellar and try wines in Saint-Jeannet. Learn about glassware in Biot, visit an old mill in Opio, and admire vistas in Gourdon. Begin with pickup from your accommodation in Nice in the morning. Relax in the comfortable and air conditioned van on the way to Biot. Learn about the manufacturing of Biot glassware which is known for its quality around the world. Continue to the hillside village of Opio which is nestled between olive groves, pines, cork oak, and strawberry trees. Head to a rare 15th-century mill that is still in operation. Savor some regional products paired with some delicious olive oil. Travel to the breathtaking hilltop village of Gourdon which offers exceptional views of the entire French Riviera. Capture pictures of its 9th century castle and its sumptuous garden which was designed by the Versailles landscaper André Lenotre. Be awed by a 40-meter-high waterfall in the Gorges du Loup. See the village of Tourrette sur loup which owes its fame to the violets, which have been its main crop since 1880.  Unlock the flavors of the countryside at a wine estate in Saint-Jeannet. Sample 6 wines with red, rosé, white, and sweet options. Listen as the winemaker tells you about how the wine is aged by harnessing the power of the sun with glass carboys. Sit where you can admire superb paintings by Remy Rasse who also produces wine labels. After your tasting, return to your accommodation in Nice by van.

Côtes de Provence Wine Tour from Nice

5. Côtes de Provence Wine Tour from Nice

Explore the Côtes de Provence wine region on an 8-hour tour with an expert guide. Learn about the region’s climate, soil, and winemaking process while visiting family-owned wineries. Meet your English-speaking guide in Nice and head into the countryside of Provence in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan. Guided by a wine expert, you’ll have private visits to quality wineries, including a Cru classé Côtes de Provence estate. Enjoy an opportunity to taste fine rosés from Provence and some powerful reds and aromatic whites as well. Visit two wineries in the morning, followed by some free time for lunch. Visit a third winery in the afternoon, before returning to Nice.

From Aix-en-Provence: Wine Tour in Cezanne Countryside

6. From Aix-en-Provence: Wine Tour in Cezanne Countryside

Enjoy a half-day wine tour in the scenic landscape of Sainte-Victoire Mountain, inspiration for the famous post impressionist artist Paul Cézanne, who painted many pictures of the mountain between 1880 and 1883. The Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire vineyards are located east of Aix-en-Provence and, like all vineyards in Provence, are considered some of the most natural in France due to the drying effects of the Mistral wind.  Learn about the characteristics of the terroir, and explore the wine-making process while visiting the cellars of 2 separate wine estates. Meet the winemakers, and taste AOC Côtes de Provence wines in 3 colors - tasty, full-bodied reds of excellent structure, subtle, elegant rosés, and whites of distinction.

Marseille: Walking Food Tour with Tastings

7. Marseille: Walking Food Tour with Tastings

Experience a food-lovers paradise while walking through the charming streets of Marseille with a local guide. This tour takes you to a number of historic eateries, modern cafes, and trendy restaurants where you can sample the true gastronomic wonders of this city. Get a sense of authentic French life while mingling with the locals. Listen to stories about the city's history and culinary culture. Start by soaking in the Marseille atmosphere in one of the historic brasseries of the old port with typical dishes and aioli.  Try some tapas Marseillaise near the old port, in a typical restaurant with Panisse and sardines. Taste roasted Camembert with croutons and pastis, anise-flavored alcohol. End the meal with sweets, crunchy pastries, and tea.

French Riviera: Provencal Wine Tours

8. French Riviera: Provencal Wine Tours

Tour the Var commune in Provence on a half- or full-day wine tasting tour, and taste the famous Côtes de Provence AOC wines. Departing Cannes, drive towards Draguignan, close to the Operation Dragoon landing site of August 1944, when the Allies liberated the region from German occupation in World War II. Stop at the Château Saint-Martin, steeped in history and full of treasures. It has belonged to the same family since the 18th century and features exceptional wine cellars. After a guided tour, taste some of the wines and learn about the Provencal production. Continue to Château Font du Broc, an acclaimed estate of the Côtes de Provence appellation. The mood is set as soon as you step through the doors of the historic château. After a guided tour of the prestigious domain, visit the cellar to see a superb underground cathedral dedicated to wine. The 3rd domain of your tour will be Château Sainte-Roselyne, where the Romanesque chapel features works of art by Chagall, Giacometti, and Ubac. Visit the cellars and taste the wines of this historic winery, before continuing to the picturesque village of Les Arcs sur Argens, where you can wander the medieval streets at leisure.

Half-Day Saint Paul de Vence and Wine Tasting Tour from Nice

9. Half-Day Saint Paul de Vence and Wine Tasting Tour from Nice

Board an air-conditioned minivan outside your Nice hotel and sit back and enjoy a scenic 1-hour drive to Saint Jeannet. The drive will take you through the rolling landscapes of Provence's wine country. The tour duration is 4 hours. En route, your tour guide will provide an overview of the history and traditions of French winemaking. In Provence, the temperate Mediterranean climate and mineral-rich soil create ideal conditions for growing grapes. Varieties such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache flourish in the warm sun. Stop to visit a wine cellar and experience the subtleties of the local wines during a tasting with the winemaker. You’ll be able to taste a variety of wines. Next stop is Saint Paul de Vence, the second-most visited village in France and the jewel of Provence. The stunning walled village has been home to numerous artists, including Renoir, Chagall and Picasso and many film stars as well.

Nice: City Foods Guided Walking Tour

10. Nice: City Foods Guided Walking Tour

Meet your friendly guide at the Fountain of the Sun, then set out on a food-lovers walking tour through the charming streets of Nice. Sample different kinds of artisanal olive oils and see how they're made. Or how about some classic Nice street food? A special savory pancake made with chickpea flour, crispy outside and soft inside, Socca is an essential of Nice Street Food. Pissaladière is a tasty onion tart, traditionally cooked in a wood oven and topped with olives and anchovies. Or imbibe in a typical Provencal wine with tapenade - olive-based with capers, anchovy, and divine olive oil. Very popular in the South of France, it is commonly enjoyed as a bread spread paired with a glass of Rosé. Follow up with a savory or sweet pie - your choice! Speaking of sweet, for a swan song, tuck into lavender or anise biscuits, lemon from Menton, or fresh homemade ice cream.

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Our tour was made special by our guide Ina, her extensive knowledge of the local cuisine, together with general information about Marseille, was invaluable . We would recommend that you start the tour really hungry, such is the choice, variety and quantity of the delicious food on offer!).

Was a great tour! Even though we took a bit longer to purchase some great wines to take home, our guide was very patient and understanding. Magnificent way to spend a morning.

Suzana is so knowledgeable about the local food culture! What a fun activity to enjoy while in Aix-en-Provence!!

What an amazing experience! I mean, who doesn’t like a wine tour by motorcycle side car!?! A definite must do!

Even with the pouring rain that hit us, this tour was worth it.