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

Aix-en-Provence

Provence Wine Tour Private Half Day Trip from Aix en Provence

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  • Food & Wine

  • 03 hours

  • Small Groups ( 1~8 )

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  • English

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A half day private 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 Provence Rosé, white and red wines
  • English speaking local guide, expert in Provence Wines

Program & Itinerary

Pick up at your hotel or accommodation in Aix en Provence and meet 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 ...

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

Pick up at your hotel or accommodation in Aix en Provence and meet 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 vigorously by Paul Cézanne.

Depart for the Côtes de Provence Wine region

In a small group of maximum 8 persons, your private 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 essentially 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 main 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 aromas.

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 subtle 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 reflections 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. 

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  • Pick up at your hotel or accommodation in Aix en Provence

  • Visit & Wine tasting at 1st winery in Provence

  • Visit & Wine tasting at 2nd winery in Provence

  • Drop off at your hotel or accommodation in Aix en Provence

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

Know before you book

  • Tour available from April to October
  • 4 hour Provence Private Wine tour with expert guide
  • From 2 to 8 persons per tour
  • Price is per group
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Currency is in Euros
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers during transport
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Aix en Provence

Departure

We will come and pick you up at Aix en Provence train station, hotel, accommodation or airbnb.

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Reviews

1 reviews
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    31, Jul 2022

    Breathtaking views, wine was delicious and our guide Lucille was very knowledgeable and very friendly. The two wineries we visited were amazing. Was so...
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Included / excluded

Included

  • Visit & Wine tasting in 2 Wineries
  • English-speaking driver/guide, expert in Provence Wines
  • Travel in Premium A/C vehicle
  • Bottled water in the minivan

Excluded

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