Excursion : Chateauneuf du Pape wine tour - op5

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Presentation

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.

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 Châteauneuf 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 Châteauneuf 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 (at own expense)
After your morning Châteauneuf 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 Châteauneuf 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 blending that are possible and most of all learn about the large range of grape varieties that can be used to make these 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.

 


PRACTICAL INFORMATION : 

  • Commented excursion english
  •  Guaranteed departure from 2 people
  • Departure tourist office 9 am
  • Duration : 8h
  • Good walking shoes recommended
  • Not suitable for persons with reduced mobility and under 18s
 

Inclusions: 

  • Wine tasting​
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Travel in premium A/C vehicle
  • Bottled Water
  • Wifi in the minivan

Exclusions:

  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees unless mentioned
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide


Pets are forbidden.


RATES :

  • Adult : 160€ 
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  • No pets allowed
    No pets allowed
  • Age :
    • From 18 ans
  • Included in the offer :
    • Tasting of local products
    • Photo stop for souvenirs
  • Duration :
    • by the day 8h
  • Visit language :
    • English
  • Time of day :
    • in the morning
  • Means of transport :
    • by air-conditioned mini-bus
  • Number of participants :
    • Guaranteed departure from 2 persons
  • Not included in the offer :
    • Lunch
    • Personal expenses
  • Type of activity :
    • Excursion
  • To take with you :
    • Water bottle
    • Hat or cap in summer
  • Other information :
    • Tested by our travel advisors
    • Refundable 48 hours before departure
    • No pets allowed
  • Important information :
    • Tasting reserved for adults only
    • Present yourself 5 minutes before the start
  • Access :
    • from the Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office

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GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.52606
Longitude : 5.44423

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