* Guided tours of the wine cellars and wine tastings included
We’re offering you the opportunity to discover a selection of the very finest vineyards
of the Côtes du RhôneGardoises. You’ll enjoy a red carpet welcome from the vineyard
owners, who will be delighted to take you on a tour of their cellars to sample their
We’ll start this ‘discover the wines of the Côtes du Rhône’ tour at a winery that
seamlessly combines tradition and modernity: the Château Saint Nabor at Cornillon.
The Castor family have been producing fine wines of exceptional quality for 7 generations
and are now practitioners of sustainable farming methods. The estate currently covers
almost 140 hectares and produces nearly 1 million bottles of Côtes du Rhônered,
rosé and white wines each year. After the vineyard tour is over, it’s off to the
cellars – located in part of what was once the cloister of an 11th Century abbey
for a tasting session.
Next stop, Sabran, where we’ll explore all that the Château de Boussargues has to
offer. Prepare to be amazed right at the very first glimpse of this incredibly rich
historical site. From your vantage point in the château (built between the 12th and
15th Century),revel in the glorious panorama stretching out before you, with views
over the plateau, the chateau grounds and its age-old oaks and of course, the vineyard
itself. You’ll savour both Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages wines in cellars
hidden away in the deepest recesses of the castle. The listed 12th Century chapel,
also located in the château grounds, is just a short stroll away and is open to visitors.
We’ll also take in the Domaine de la Réméjeanne. This vineyard, sited at the heart
of a natural environment where the landscapes of both Provence and the Cevennes come
together, boasts breathtaking views of Mont Ventoux. Its 38 hectares of vines are
located between 200 and 280 metres above sea level. The vineyard owner’s passion
for and love of wine led him to change over to organic farming methods in 2007, enabling
him to bring out all the balance, generosity and local character (terroir) that are
to be found in the Réméjeanne’s wines.
The final destination on this wine tasting tour is the Tavel wine region. Justly-famous
for its generous rosés, this area is located on the sun-drenched Vallongue plateau
and stretches out over more than 1,000 hectares of vines. Known as the ‘premier rosé
de France’ (France’s first rosé wine), Tavel received A.O.C classification in 1937.
Although its history is linked to that of Côte du Rhône Gardoise wines, Tavel’s origins
belong to much earlier times, as proved by documentary evidence of vine sales, unearthed
as long ago as the end of the 9th Century. Tavel is thus the oldest rosé wine in
France. We’ll explore the Domaine de la Mordorée, with its more than 60 hectares
of vines and its famous and quite extraordinary Châteauneuf du pape wines. The estate
also produces the best Lirac wines available, not to mention one of the finest white
wines in the region, as well as the renowned Tavel rosé wine, an internationally-famous
wine that has won a whole raft of awards. The tasting session will be preceded by
a guided tour of the cellar led by the wine grower.
To bring this private tour through some of the region’s vineyards and wine cellars
to a close, we’ll pass through the Tavel vineyard to the viewpoint indicator, where
we can take in some magnificent views of this unique wine-producing area and the
other diverse landscapes of our region.