The fairy tale city of Avignon, located in the south of France in the Vaucluse, is close to places of exceptional beauty such as the Luberon in Provence, the intriguing Camargue Delta, and the top vineyards of the Rhône Valley. There are countless options for unforgettable day excursions from Avignon! On this wine tasting experience, you will have an opportunity to visit some of the most exciting appellations in the area. You will take in dreamy views, visit charming wine families, and indulge in a gourmet lunch with various food pairings and an extensive wine flight.
Start your day with a panoramic drive through the Ventoux, a Unesco Biosphere Reserve home to beautiful vineyards, lavender fields, and wildlife. Rugged and beautiful Mont Ventoux dominates the landscape here, and medieval villages and historic farmhouses punctuate its foothills. Your first stop is at one of the most beautiful properties in Southern France, the phenomenal Château Pesquié estate. Situated near quaint Mormoiron village and La Nesque Gorge’s dramatic landscape, this is a highly rated winery (awarded 92 + points by Wine Spectator for their Artemia brand).
Carry on to the delightful village of Beaumes- de Venise, nestled in the Dentelles de Montmirail and known for its famous dessert wines. The hamlet is a treat, and you will have free time to stroll around on foot, do some gourmet shopping, or enjoy a glass of vin at one of its cute sidewalk cafes. Stop for a photo-op at the striking, 12th century Notre-Dame d’Aubune church. Lunch is next at a gourmet temple; a local Michelin starred eatery in the wine village of Gigondas. Before heading back to Avignon, you will pop into a second wine estate for a delicious tasting of biodynamic wines. In the early evening, your driver-guide will whisk you back to your hotel in Avignon after this unforgettable day of food, wine, and scenery.
If you are interested in booking a private, luxurious wine tasting excursion from Avignon, contact us for more information.
Avignon Wine Tour Highlights:
- Exclusive Wine Tastings of Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise
- Gourmet Michelin starred lunch
- Private Chauffeured Excursion and VIP service
Below is a suggested Itinerary for your private Avignon Wine Tour
Avignon - Gigondas - Beaumes de Venise - Vaqueyras - Avignon
Sample Luxury Avignon Wine Tour Itinerary
- Michelin starred Lunch with wine
- Privately Chauffeured Mercedes
9:15 a.m. This morning, your driver-guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel in Avignon. Hit the road for the gorgeous foothills of the Ventoux, scented by wild truffles and lavender.
10 a.m. Arrive at Chateau Pesquie, a noble and graceful 18th-century château considered one of the best wine producers in Southern France. Owned and run by the Chaudière family, this organic super premium estate also employs biodynamic winemaking practices. Their fruit-driven, fresh wines are made with classic Rhône varietals like syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault, Roussanne, Clairette, Viognier, and Muscat. You will enjoy a private tour and tasting of flagship wines on the highest end of their quality spectrum.
12 Noon – Next up is a sightseeing photo stop in the darling hamlet of Beaumes-de-Venise. Free time to shop, stroll, or sip.
1 p.m. A Gourmet tasting menu with wine pairings awaits you at Michelin starred lunch at L’ Oustalet in the Gigondas. Enjoy dishes like Langoustine and black truffle, local beef in a hazelnut sauce, Vacherin cheese, all paired with delightful local wines.
3:30 p.m. After lunch, visit the friendly, family-run Montirius estate, a 15-minute drive down the road. This property has been run by 5 generations of the wine-growing Saurel family. You will taste the best examples of their Vacqueyras, Gigondas, and Côtes du Rhône wines.
5:30 p.m. Arrive back in Avignon after a wonderful day out in the wine country.