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Ophorus Tours - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tour : A Vineyard Encounter

Aix-en-Provence

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tour : A Vineyard Encounter

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Immerse yourself in the world of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines! Small-group tour explores wineries, unveils history, & guides you through tastings. Unforgettable Southern Côte du Rhône valley wine experience awaits.

Highlights

  • Explore the region's rich history, from Roman roots to papal influence.
  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of vineyards and charming villages.
  • Unveiling the secrets of Châteauneuf-du-Pape with expert guidance.
  • Discover the art of blending that creates Châteauneuf-du-Pape's unique wines.
  • Indulge in tastings at meticulously chosen wineries.
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Program & Itinerary

Imagine yourself bathed in warm Provençal sunshine, surrounded by rolling vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see. Breathe in the subtle aroma of ripe grapes, a hint of the exquisite wines awaiting your discovery in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a haven for wine enthusiasts and history buffs alike. This unforgettable small-group tour departs from Aix-en-Provence's tourism office for a full day ...
Châteauneuf-du-Pape: A Journey Through History & Wine

Imagine yourself bathed in warm Provençal sunshine, surrounded by rolling vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see. 

Breathe in the subtle aroma of ripe grapes, a hint of the exquisite wines awaiting your discovery in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a haven for wine enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

This unforgettable small-group tour departs from Aix-en-Provence's tourism office for a full day of exploration and indulgence.

History Etched in Vines:

  • Knowledgeable guide: Unravel the region's fascinating past as you travel towards Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
  • Prestigious AOC wines: Discover the story behind Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the first AOC wines in France (established 1936).
  • Roman legacy: Unearth the roots of viticulture, from the Romans who first cultivated these slopes to the flourishing vineyards under the Avignon Popes in the 14th century.
  • Pope John XXII: Learn how his vision transformed Châteauneuf-du-Pape into a renowned wine producer.

A Feast for the Eyes:

  • Picturesque landscape: Be captivated by the beauty of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a postcard-perfect village nestled amidst vineyards.
  • Imposing castle: Witness the ancient castle, a testament to the region's rich history, atop a gentle hillock overlooking the Rhône Valley.
  • Breathtaking panoramas: Soak in the lush green vineyards contrasting with ochre-colored houses and the azure sky.

A Symphony of Flavors:

  • Meticulously selected wineries: Ophorus curates exceptional wineries showcasing the region's diversity.
  • Morning wine tasting: Indulge in a symphony of flavors, with a guided winery tour to follow.
  • Red wine exploration: Savor the bold and full-bodied reds, dominated by the "holy trinity" grapes: Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre.
  • Intriguing whites: Discover white Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines, a unique blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette, and Bourboulenc grapes.

A Journey Through Time:

  • Ancient Pope Cellars: Step back in time and explore these atmospheric 14th-century cellars carved directly into the rock face.

A Culinary Interlude (at your own expense):

  • Local recommendations: Your guide will suggest charming cafes or traditional bistros offering a taste of Provençal cuisine.
  • Food & wine pairing: Enjoy a perfect marriage of local flavors and the wines you've experienced.
  • Provençal specialties: Perhaps savor a Salad Niçoise or a comforting bowl of Soupe au Pistou.

An Intimate Exploration:

  • Local winery secrets: Unveiled by your guide, offering a more intimate look into Châteauneuf-du-Pape winemaking.
  • Estate history & traditions: Learn about the winery's unique heritage and production methods.
  • Guided tasting session: Sample the winery's finest offerings, with expert commentary on grape varietals, techniques, and flavor profiles.
  • The art of blending: Discover how Châteauneuf-du-Pape allows for up to 13 grape varieties, creating complex and harmonious wines.

A Memorable Farewell:

Reflect on the unforgettable experiences: breathtaking landscapes, historical insights, and the symphony of flavors you've enjoyed. Relax and return to Aix-en-Provence with cherished memories.

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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 : A Vineyard Encounter

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.

  • Booking and Confirmation: Enjoy the convenience of instant booking confirmation!
  • Tour Availability: Explore the world of Côtes du Rhône wines on this tour from Aix-en-Provence, available from April to October.
  • Minimum Requirement: A minimum of 2 adults is required for the tour to operate. In case this minimum isn't met, we'll offer to reschedule or provide a full refund.
  • Age Restriction: Please note that this tour is not suitable for children under 18 due to alcohol tasting.
  • Language: The tour is conducted in English.
  • Group Size: Experience a personalized exploration with a small group, maximum 8 participants.
  • Accessibility: Please note that the tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Optional Village Exploration: During your free time, your guide will offer an optional visit to the village and a walk towards the castle. Be advised: This walk can be challenging for those with walking difficulties.
  • Pricing: Prices are listed per person in Euros (EUR).

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. Tours leave on time!

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Reviews

4.8/5 (13 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....
  • J5628

    10, Aug 2023

    Petite visite guidée avec la propriétaire très intéressante. Dégustation de quelques produits (un blanc, un rosé, 2 rouges) avec fromages québécois et...
  • 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...
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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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