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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 magic of Châteauneuf-du-Pape on this small-group tour! Journey from Aix-en-Provence's & delve into the world of this prestigious wine region. Indulge in exclusive visits and tastings at meticulous chosen wineries.

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  • 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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Imagine yourself basking in the warm Provençal sun, surrounded by rolling vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see. The air carries the subtle aroma of ripe grapes, hinting at the exquisite wines that await your discovery. This is Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a haven for wine enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Embark on an unforgettable small-group tour, departing from the conveniently located ...
Unveiling the Secrets of Châteauneuf-du-Pape: A Journey Through History and Wine

Imagine yourself basking in the warm Provençal sun, surrounded by rolling vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see. The air carries the subtle aroma of ripe grapes, hinting at the exquisite wines that await your discovery. 

This is Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a haven for wine enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Embark on an unforgettable small-group tour, departing from the conveniently located tourism office in Aix-en-Provence, and prepare to be swept away on a full day of exploration and indulgence.

A Legacy Etched in Vines: Unveiling the Rich Tapestry of Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Your knowledgeable and passionate tour guide will be your companion on this journey. As you journey towards Châteauneuf-du-Pape, their insights will paint a vivid picture of the region's fascinating past. 

Discover the story behind the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine country, one of the first AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) wines established in France in 1936. This prestigious designation signifies the exceptional quality and unique character of the wines produced here.

The roots of Châteauneuf-du-Pape's viticulture run deep. Unearth the legacy of the Romans, who first cultivated these sun-drenched slopes centuries ago. Witness how their agricultural practices laid the foundation for the flourishing vineyards that emerged under the patronage of the Avignon Popes in the 14th century. 

Your guide will bring to life the story of Pope John XXII, a pivotal figure in shaping the region's viticulture. Learn how his vision and dedication transformed Châteauneuf-du-Pape into a renowned producer of exceptional wines, captivating the palates of royalty and nobility throughout Europe.

A Feast for the Eyes: Unveiling the Picturesque Landscape of Châteauneuf-du-Pape

As you arrive in the heart of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, prepare to be captivated by its beauty. The village itself is a postcard-perfect tableau, with charming houses nestled amidst the vineyards. 

Atop a gentle hillock, overlooking the Rhône Valley, stands the imposing silhouette of the ancient castle, a testament to the region's rich history. Take a moment to soak in the breathtaking panoramic views. The lush vineyards unfurl before you, their emerald green a stark contrast to the ochre-colored houses and the azure expanse of the sky. This idyllic setting provides the perfect backdrop for your immersive wine adventure.

A Symphony of Flavors: Embark on a Guided Exploration of Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wines

The highlight of your journey awaits – a tantalizing exploration of Châteauneuf-du-Pape's renowned wines. 

Ophorus has meticulously selected wineries to showcase the diversity and excellence of this region's offerings. Indulge in a morning wine tasting tour, during which a symphony of flavors are waiting to be discovered. You will also have the opportunity to follow a guided tour of the winery.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is famous for its bold and full-bodied red wines. Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre, the "holy trinity" of Châteauneuf-du-Pape grapes, take center stage. As you swirl the wine in your glass, notice the vibrant ruby-red color and inhale the complex aromas of ripe black fruit, pepper, and spice. With each sip, savor the robust tannins and the lingering finish that is a hallmark of these exceptional reds.

But Châteauneuf-du-Pape offers more than just reds. Don't miss the chance to experience the intriguing white Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines. Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette, and Bourboulenc grapes create a unique blend characterized by floral notes, hints of citrus, and a refreshing minerality. These white wines are a perfect accompaniment to local seafood dishes or simply enjoyed on their own on a warm afternoon.

A Journey Through Time: Delving into the Ancient Pope Cellars

Your wine exploration extends beyond the tasting room. Step back in time as you venture into the ancient 14th-century Pope cellars. These atmospheric spaces, carved directly into the rock face, offer a glimpse into the region's fascinating history. 

Imagine the bustling activity that once took place here, as skilled winemakers crafted the very wines that graced the tables of the Popes. The cool and constant temperature within these cellars provides the perfect environment for wine aging, ensuring the wines mature gracefully and develop their complex flavors.

A Culinary Interlude: Savor the Flavors of Provence

After a morning filled with historical discoveries and a delightful wine tasting session, it's time to indulge in a leisurely lunch (at your own expense). Your guide, well-versed in the local culinary scene, will recommend a selection of restaurants in the village. 

Choose from charming cafes with outdoor terraces bathed in sunlight, or more traditional bistros offering a taste of Provençal cuisine. Savor dishes prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients, a perfect marriage of local flavors and the wines you've just experienced. This moment can also be a great opportunity for you to experience a food & wine pairing session.

Perhaps you'll opt for a Salad Niçoise with its vibrant mix of tuna, olives, tomatoes, and hard-boiled eggs, or a comforting bowl of Soupe au Pistou, a Provençal vegetable soup flavored with basil pesto. No matter your choice, this culinary interlude will be a delightful way to recharge and prepare for the afternoon's adventures.

An Intimate Exploration: Unveiling the Secrets of a Local Winery

The afternoon unfolds with another captivating experience. Your guide will lead you to a carefully chosen local winery, offering a more intimate look into the world of Châteauneuf-du-Pape winemaking. 

Here, you'll have the opportunity to learn about the estate's unique history and traditions. Explore the facilities, from the fermentation tanks where the magic happens to the barrel rooms where the wines mature and develop their complex character.

The highlight of this Chateauneuf du Pape wine tour will undoubtedly be the guided tasting session. Here, you'll have the chance to sample a selection of the winery's finest and most highly recommended offerings. The knowledgeable staff will lead you through each wine, explaining the grape varietals used, the winemaking techniques employed, and the resulting flavor profile when it comes to tasting wines. 

Don't hesitate to ask questions and engage in conversation. This is a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the passion and dedication that goes into crafting these exceptional french wines.

Beyond the Tasting: Unveiling the Art of Blending

As you delve deeper into the world of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines, you'll discover the fascinating art of blending. Unlike many other wine regions, Châteauneuf-du-Pape allows for the use of up to 13 different grape varieties in its red wines. 

This incredible diversity presents winemakers with a vast palette of flavors and aromas to work with. The skill lies in selecting the perfect combination of grapes, each contributing its unique character to create a harmonious and complex final product. Learn about the blending philosophy during your winery tour, and how they utilize this art to create their signature wines.

A Memorable Farewell: Carrying a Piece of Châteauneuf-du-Pape with You

As your day in Châteauneuf-du-Pape draws to a close, take a moment to reflect on the unforgettable experiences you've had. 

From the breathtaking landscapes and historical insights to the symphony of flavors you've enjoyed, this journey has undoubtedly left a lasting impression. Relax and enjoy the scenic return journey to Aix-en-Provence, brimming 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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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 (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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