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

Aix-en-Provence

Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Tour Day Trip from Aix en Provence

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  • Food & Wine

  • 08 hours

  • Small Groups ( 2~8 )

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  • English

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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

Program & Itinerary

On this shared full day small group tour, we will first come and pick you up at the centrally located tourism office in Aix en Provence. Meet your English speaking driver guide who will go over the itinerary and program of the day with you. Drive to the Châteauneuf du Pape wine region where you will have several wine tasting sessions in carefully selected Châteauneuf du Pape wineries. The Châteauneuf ...

Meet your English speaking local guide

On this shared full day small group tour, we will first come and pick you up at the centrally located tourism office in Aix en Provence. Meet your English speaking driver guide who will go over the itinerary and program of the day with you. Drive to the Châteauneuf du Pape wine region where you will have several wine tasting sessions in carefully selected Châteauneuf du Pape wineries.

Châteauneuf du Pape Wine tour 

The Châteauneuf du Pape Appellation was one of 6 to be labeled as the first AOC wines of France in 1936. The vineyards planted by the Romans were extended and developed by the Pope's residing in Avignon popes during the 14th century.

In 1314, Clement V, the first Avignon Pope discovered the special soil of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. His successor, John XXII supports him and it was during his reign that the vineyard really took off and spread fame beyond the borders of “The Comtat”.

The former bishop of Avignon, Jacques Duèse was elected as Pope John XII and succeeded Clement V in 1316. He regularly drank the wines from the vineyards ‘in the north’ and did much to improve viticulture practices there.

The Pope sought a place sufficiently far from the city to discourage courtiers, sycophants, and scroungers, yet close enough so that a courier could go there and back to Avignon on the same day. The ideal spot was found on a hillock overlooking the Rhône Valley about halfway between Avignon and Orange – Châteauneuf – and this area was placed directly under his authority.

As you reach this famous wine producing region, discover the village and its ancient castle that was the summer residence of the Pope's during their stay in the area. Here, you will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view on the valley.

Morning Wine tasting session in a local Winery

The Chateauneuf du Pape wines are well known for their full bodied red wines made predominantly with different grape varieties such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre that are typical grapes that can be found in the southern vineyards of France. There are also some white Châteauneuf du Pape wines that are intensely perfumed. The grape varieties used for the white wines include Grenache Blanc, Rousannes, Clairette and Bourboulenc many of which are rustic french varietals.

Upon arrival in the village, it will be time to taste some of the local wines in a local winery. Then, you will have some free time to roam around and enjoy a wine tour of Chateauneuf du Pape wines in the old 14th century pope cellars. Depending on your wishes, it will be possible to taste more wines in the local wineries that your guide can point to.

Lunch in a local restaurant

After your morning Chateauneuf du Pape wine tour, it will be time for lunch.Your guide will suggest different options so don't hesitate to ask for suggestions.

Afternoon wine tasting session in a local Winery

After lunch, experience your second Chateauneuf du Pape winery tour. Listen about the history of this unique domain, visit the installations and participate in a commented tasting of the wines of the estate. Take the opportunity to ask about the wine making process, the different bledings that are possible and most of all learn about the large range of grape varieties that can be used to make this exceptional wines. 

After the wine tasting tour, we will take you back to Aix en Provence and that will be the end of our services. 

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

Know before you book

  • Tour available from April to October included
  • All Wine tasting fees included
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible

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.

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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
  • Bottled water in the minivan

Excluded

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