Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tour : A Vineyard Encounter

From EUR €160.00
  • Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Aix en Provence
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.