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Ophorus Tours - Provence Wine Tour Shared Half Day Trip from Aix en Provence

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Provence Wine Tour Shared Half Day Trip from Aix en Provence

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A half day tour departing from Aix en Provence to taste Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire Wines

Highlights

  • Drive through stunning landscapes surrounding Sainte-Victoire Mountain
  • Visit 2 carefully selected wineries
  • Taste delicious local red, white and rosé wines
  • English speaking local guide, expert in Provence Wines

Program & Itinerary

Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide. Once you have met your Provence Wine Expert guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of this half day with you. Then, board your comfortable, premium air-conditioned minivan and begin to make your way to the Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire wine producing region.One of the most symbolic locations of ...

Meet your English Speaking Driver/Guide who is a local Expert of Provence Wines

Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide. Once you have met your Provence Wine Expert guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of this half day with you. Then, board your comfortable, premium air-conditioned minivan and begin to make your way to the Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire wine producing region.

The Sainte-Victoire Mountain

One of the most symbolic locations of the Provence as Mont Ventoux or Sainte-Baume Mountain range, the site was labelled as a 'Great Site of France' in 2004 being a jewel of natural heritage. Located to the East of Aix en Provence, this wooded area still retains forest, agricultural and pastoral activities that have shaped this unique Provence landscape overlooked by the stone monument that is Sainte-Victoire Mountain painted so vigourously by Paul Cézanne.

Depart for the Côtes de Provence Wine region

In a small group of maximum 8 persons, your half day tour from Aix en Provence to the Sainte-Victoire mountain wine producing area will begin as you travel through stunning landscapes. The A.OC. Côtes de Provence wine region extends over more than 19 000 hectares (47 000 acres) and represent 3/4 of the production of Provence wines.

With its exceptional location especially when it comes to sunshine, the geology of the soil varies with the north-western part of the wine region mainly made up to limestone hills while in the south-western part the soil is essnetially crystalline. This diversity of soils induce a wide variety of wines with reds, whites and rosés being produced with a number of traditional & local grape varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, cinsault, clairette to name a few.

What the wine region is the famous for, however, are the Rosés produced here. 80% of the whole production is made up of Rosé. The maine aromas that can be found in these wines are white & yellow fruits, vanilla or hazelnut.

The Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire Territory

The Sainte-Victoire Mountain wine region was recognized as an A.O.P territory in 2005 for both the red and rosé wines. This recognition came after years of hard work made by the winemakers to establish that the local 'terroir' was unique and should be highlighted within the Côtes de Provence wine region.

The territory benefits from a wide variety of geological features and landscapes, a warm and dry climate enhanced by the Mistral wind the local wine growers best friend as it chases away many diseases that can impact vines.

There are three types of wines that are produced here: Rosé wines have a pale color with a high aromatic complexity. The main notes are floral, fresh fruits as well as exotic fruits to which can be added spices and aromats.

The red wines, depending on the grape varieties used, are fresh and can be laid down. Red wines of Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire can be suttle with notes of red fruits or flowers. Some red wines can also be very generous, mostly full bodied as they are aged in oak vats known as Foudres or Foeders or traditional oak barrels. These red wines can definitely be laid down for years as they will develop deep velvety flavors over time.

Finally, the white wines are traditionally 'Blanc de Blanc' which means that they are made only with white grape varieties. They offer nice colors of pale gold with reflelxions of green. Sainte-Victoire white wines are known to be well balanced between freshness and unctuousness.

Visit 2 carefully selected wineries

Once you have reached the Côtes de Provence wine region, it will be time to visit & wine taste in two carefully selected family owned wineries. In each winery, you will first be introduced to the estate, it's history and the life of the family who owns it.

Then, your visit will focus on the wine making process. Visit the technical installations to better understand how the wines are made. This will be a most interesting part of your tour as the process to make red, white or rosé wines differ. Once you have seen the Vat Room, discover the ageing cellars. This is the time when you will be explained how important it can be to age wine in oak barrels, the work of coopers and how they 'toast' the barrels.

End the tour with the best part of the experience, tasting wine. Fruity Rosés, elegant and well balanced whites or full bodied red wines will be on your program.

After the tastings, it will be time to return to Aix en Provence. This tour can also be taken as a full day that will include the Coteaux d'Aix wine region.

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  • 08:50 am

    Meet your guide in front of Aix en Provence Tourism office

  • 09:00 am

    Depart for the Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire wine region

  • 09:45 am

    Visit & Wine tasting at 1st Winery

  • 11:00 am

    Visit & Wine tasting at 2nd Winery

  • 12:30 pm

    Return to Aix en Provence

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Ophorus Tours - Provence Wine Tour Shared Half Day Trip from Aix en Provence
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Ophorus Tours - Provence Wine Tour Shared Half Day Trip from Aix en Provence
Ophorus Tours - Provence Wine Tour Shared Half Day Trip from Aix en Provence

Accommodation

OUR 4* HOTEL SUGGESTION IN AIX EN PROVENCE

AQUABELLA HOTEL & SPA 4* - AIX EN PROVENCE A true haven of peace, our 4-star hotel in Aix-en-Provence is surrounded by a magnificent Mediterranean garden that invites tranquillity. It has been designed to create a soothing atmosphere that is a marvellous marriage between the tranquillity of Provence and the historic riches of the town of Aix. This charming hotel in Aix-en-Provence offers the perfect setting for discovering the heritage of the town of a thousand fountains, its market, its museums and ...

AQUABELLA HOTEL & SPA 4* - AIX EN PROVENCE

A true haven of peace, our 4-star hotel in Aix-en-Provence is surrounded by a magnificent Mediterranean garden that invites tranquillity. It has been designed to create a soothing atmosphere that is a marvellous marriage between the tranquillity of Provence and the historic riches of the town of Aix.

This charming hotel in Aix-en-Provence offers the perfect setting for discovering the heritage of the town of a thousand fountains, its market, its museums and its Provencal-style art of living. It also allows you to familiarize yourself with the world of the famous painter Paul Cézanne, who immortalized the colours of Aix-en-Provence and the nearby Sainte-Victoire mountain. 

A complex dedicated to your relaxation, the Aquabella Hotel & Spa boasts a Sensory Spa that is free for hotel guests over the age of 17. A heated outdoor swimming pool, open from April to September depending on the weather, allows you to enjoy a moment lazing in the Provencal sunshine. 

Book your 4* hotel in Aix en Provence!

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Know before you book

  • Tour available on Wednesdays and Saturdays from April to December 2021
  • 3.5 hour Provence Wine tour with expert guide
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Price is per person
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Currency is in Euros
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Aix en Provence Tourism Office Aix en Provence

Departure

Pick up in front of the Tourism Office in Aix en Provence, 300 Avenue Giuseppe Verdi
Please be ready 10 minutes before tour departure time. All tours leave on time!

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.
 

Included / excluded

Included

  • Visit & Wine tasting in 3 Wineries
  • All tasting fees included
  • English-speaking driver / guide, expert in Provence
  • Travel in Premium, comfortable minivans
  • Bottled water in the minivan

Excluded

  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

FAQ

  • Do you organize hotel pick up on your shared tours from Aix en Provence?

    No, all our shared tours depart from a centrally located meeting point in Aix en Provence; you will need to be present 10 minutes before departure time. All tours leave on time! If you wish to be picked up at your accommodation then you will need to book a private tour.
  • What type of vehicles are used during a day trip from Aix en Provence?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that can take up to a maximum of 8 passengers. All vehicles are new or recent, comfortable, spacious and have A/C. For larger groups, you will need to contact us directly.
  • Who conducts your Shared Day Trips from Aix en Provence?

    All our shared tours from Aix en Provence are conducted by local English speaking driver/guides that are experts in the Provence destination.
  • What happens if we do not find the meeting point for our Shared Tour from Aix en Provence?

    You have to be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes prior to tour departure. If you are having difficulties finding the meeting point you must call us on our office number +33 556 152 609 so that we may help you find the exact area. Please note that tours leave on time and if you are not there at the designated area and indicated time the driver/guide will leave. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.
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