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Ophorus Tours - A Day Trip from Aix en Provence Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Tour

Aix-en-Provence

A Day Trip from Aix en Provence Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Tour

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Enjoy a Châteauneuf du Pape Vineyard tour and visit carefully selected Châteauneuf du Pape wineries. Departing from Aix en Provence, your Châteauneuf du Pape wine tour will include visits and wine tastings in 2 wineries.

Highlights

  • Discover the Châteauneuf Du Pape Vineyards
  • View Chateauneuf du Pape village and its ancient castle
  • Pre-booked Visits to 2 Chateauneuf du Pape wineries
  • All tasting fees included
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert in wines
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Program & Itinerary

Embark on an unforgettable shared full-day small group tour, beginning with a convenient pickup from the centrally located tourism office in Aix en Provence. Meet your knowledgeable English-speaking driver-guide, who will provide a detailed overview of the day's itinerary. Set off towards the prestigious Châteauneuf du Pape wine region, where you'll indulge in multiple wine tasting sessions at carefully ...

Explore the Exquisite Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Region

Embark on an unforgettable shared full-day small group tour, beginning with a convenient pickup from the centrally located tourism office in Aix en Provence. Meet your knowledgeable English-speaking driver-guide, who will provide a detailed overview of the day's itinerary. Set off towards the prestigious Châteauneuf du Pape wine region, where you'll indulge in multiple wine tasting sessions at carefully selected wineries.

Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Tour

Delve into the rich history of the Châteauneuf du Pape Appellation, recognized as one of the first AOC wines of France in 1936. These vineyards, originally cultivated by the Romans, flourished under the patronage of the Avignon popes during the 14th century. 

In 1314, Clement V, the first Avignon Pope, discovered the unique soil of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. His successor, John XXII, furthered his vision and propelled the vineyard's fame beyond the borders of "The Comtat."

Jacques Duèse, the former bishop of Avignon, ascended to the papacy as Pope John XII in 1316. He was an avid consumer of wines from the northern vineyards and played a pivotal role in enhancing viticulture practices in the region.

The Pope sought a tranquil location, distant enough to deter courtiers and opportunists, yet close enough for a courier to travel between Avignon and Châteauneuf on the same day. The idyllic spot was discovered on a hillock overlooking the Rhône Valley—Châteauneuf—where the area fell under the Pope's direct authority.

As you arrive in this renowned wine-producing region, admire the village and its ancient castle, which once served as the summer residence for the Pope. Revel in a breathtaking panoramic view of the valley.

Morning Wine Tasting Session in a Local Winery

Châteauneuf du Pape wines are celebrated for their robust, full-bodied reds, primarily crafted from grape varieties like Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre, characteristic of southern French vineyards. Additionally, the region produces intensely perfumed white Châteauneuf du Pape wines, incorporating grape varieties such as Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette, and Bourboulenc, many of which are rustic French varietals.

Upon reaching the village, indulge in a wine tasting session at a local winery. Following the tasting, enjoy some free time to explore and embark on a wine tour of Châteauneuf du Pape wines in the ancient 14th-century Pope cellars. If desired, your guide can recommend additional wineries for further tastings.

Savor a Delightful Lunch in a Local Restaurant (at own expense)

After the morning's Châteauneuf du Pape wine tour, treat yourself to a satisfying lunch. Your guide will gladly suggest various options, ensuring a memorable culinary experience.

Afternoon Wine Tasting Session in a Local Winery

Following lunch, immerse yourself in a captivating second Châteauneuf du Pape winery tour. Learn about the unique history of the estate, explore the facilities, and participate in a guided tasting of the estate's remarkable wines. Take advantage of this opportunity to inquire about the winemaking process, the diverse blending techniques employed, and the wide range of grape varieties utilized to create these exceptional wines.

Conclude the Wine Tasting Experience

After the wine tasting tour, we will accompany you back to Aix en Provence, marking the end of our services. Depart with cherished memories of an enchanting journey through the Châteauneuf du Pape wine region. Book now to reserve your place on this extraordinary tour.

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  • Pick up at Aix en Provence Tourism office

  • Morning Visit & Wine tasting at Chateauneuf du Pape winery

  • Lunch at leisure in a local restaurant (at own expense)

  • Afternoon visit and wine tasting at Chateauneuf du Pape winery

  • Return to Aix en Provence

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Ophorus Tours - A Day Trip from Aix en Provence Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Tour
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Ophorus Tours - A Day Trip from Aix en Provence Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Tour
Ophorus Tours - A Day Trip from Aix en Provence Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Tour

Know before you book

Please note that in regards to the protection of the environment, we will no longer provide plastic bottles of water during our tours. You are kindly advised to bring your own.

During your free time in the village, your guide will offer to visit the village and reach the castle. Please note that this can be a challenging walk for those with walking difficulties.
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  • Wine Tour from Aix-en-Provence available from April to end of October
  • Chateauneuf du Pape Wine Tour
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • In case minimum numbers are not reached we will reschedule or refund
  • Tour not suitable for children under 18
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Small group Rhone Valley Wine tour, maximum 8 persons
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Price is per person
  • Currency is in Euros

Meeting point

300 avenue Giuseppe Verdi 13100 Aix en Provence

Departure

Tour departs from centrally located Aix en Provence Tourism office. Please be ready 10 minutes before tour departure time.

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Reviews

4.8/5 (12 reviews)
  • Ramon REY MIRANDA

    14, Sep 2023

    I really enjoyed this excursion. It was a complete discovery for me. I did not know Châteauneuf-du-Pape village. We learned a lot from our guide Caroline....
  • M7461TYlauraa

    01, Nov 2022

    Great wine tour. Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. The wineries had beautiful
    surroundings and delicious wines.
  • beccag643

    15, Oct 2022

    We had a wonderful time with our guide, Lucille. She was so nice, easy to talk to, loved a good laugh and was beyond knowledgeable. She obviously knows...
  • eyecandyphotog

    01, Oct 2022

    Wonderful time. Thomas was the perfect passionate tour guide. The wine was delicious.
    The scenery beautiful.
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Included

  • Pick up and drop off in Aix en Provence
  • Pre-booked visits to 2 Chateauneuf du Pape wineries
  • Tasting fees
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Travel in recent & comfortable minivan

Excluded

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide
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