Following a morning pickup from your hotel in Avignon, meet your guide and hop aboard your air-conditioned minivan for the journey deep into the rolling hills of the Rhône Valley. The fertile, sun-drenched soils around Avignon offer perfect conditions for growing grapes, and wine has been produced in the region since Roman times.
Stop at two different vineyards in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape winemaking territories and listen as your guide explains how grape varieties including Grenache, Cinsault and Counoise flourish. Gain insight into the age-old winemaking techniques in operation and enjoy panoramic views from the cellars over the Rhône Valley’s castles and mansions — many of which date from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Explore the cool cellars — where wine sits slowly maturing in barrels — then enjoy a tasting session of some of the wines produced. Listen as your guide details the complex flavors and scents at play in your glass, then sip the wine to identify them yourself.
For tours on Monday and Thursday you'll visit two wineries. On any other day of the week, enjoy one wine-tasting in a winery as well as a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Roman amphitheater in Orange. Built early in the 1st century AD, the amphitheatre is widely considered the most impressive in Europe.
After approximately four hours exploring the rolling vineyards of the Rhône Valley, hop back aboard your minivan for the return journey to your hotel in Avignon, where your tour will come to an end.
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Rhone Valley Wine Tasting - Chateaux and Domaines by Minivan
- 1 or 2 wine tastings
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan (8 seats)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Minimum drinking age is 18 years
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Cynthia O, July 2016
Great tour .. learned lots, and our guide Remi was fabulous .. I would certainly recommend this trip !
Reviewed by: Wing Lan Y, July 2016
As our trip was on Tuesday, we visited one winery and Roman amphitheater in Orange.
Visit to the winery was interesting and we got to learn some basic knowledge of wine from the owner himself. I wish we would be able to spend more time at the winery though we were already behind schedule as we were too excited during the wine tasting part. The guide is knowledgable and friendly. Thank you for such a great half day !