Bergerac Wine Tour
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Indulge in the Rhône Valley, a wine lover’s paradise! This region has a unique heritage, boasting the UNESCO city Lyon, a gastronomic wonderland known for its sublime cuisine in world-renowned “bouchons” (typical bistros). Prime, locally sourced ingredients elevate the region’s culinary offerings, making each meal an unforgettable experience.
Ready to embark on a wine exploration like no other? Venture into the vineyards of Crozes-Hermitage, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, and more. Feel the diversity of landscapes and soil types, extending over 200 km from Vienne (just 30 km south of Lyon) to sun-kissed Avignon.
What sets the Rhône apart? Perhaps it’s the distinct division between the Northern Rhône, with vineyards embraced by oak forests and fruit trees, and the Southern Rhône, where olive trees and herb shrubs dance in the Mediterranean breeze. With abundant sunlight, the area is a haven for red wine, accounting for over 90% of the luscious production.
With Cellar Tours, your experience transcends the ordinary. Imagine dining in charming Bouchon and elite Michelin-starred restaurants, feeling the textures and flavors of gourmet dishes. Envision savoring private tours and tastings at famed chateaux, indulging in the divine chocolate at Valrhona, City of Chocolate. Leisurely strolls, enriching sightseeing, and captivating cultural exploration await you, curated to perfection.
Why wait? Contact us today, and start weaving the dream of your ultimate Rhône experience!
This morning, your private chauffeur and luxury Mercedes will collect you at Lyon airport. Head into the beautiful old town, Vieux Lyon. Enjoy a Rhône wine masterclass before lunch at a quaint cellar with a famous local sommelier, tasting six flagship wines from Northern and Southern Rhone. This is an excellent introduction to the places you will be visiting and will introduce you to the variety of wine styles of this extensive region.
Welcome, lunch at Daniel and Denise Saint-Jean, an authentic Bouchon (typical Lyonnais bistro) in the heart of Lyon’s Renaissance UNESCO-listed quarter. This Bouchon is an excellent place to get a real feel for traditional Lyon cuisine; Chef Joseph Viola creates divine Lyonnaise dishes of very generous portions, served by the most attentive, professional waiters in the adorable dining room, which naturally features all the typical “Bouchon décor”; red-checked tablecloths, copper pots, and pans, wood-paneled walls, and a striking zinc-topped bar. You will enjoy savoring Lyonnais sausage encased in brioche, Farm-raised AOC Bresse chicken with morel mushrooms, and Saint Marcellin cheese from the famed “Mère Richard.”
After lunch, enjoy a Walking Tour of Lyon to clear your head and perk you up. Lyon’s old town, or “Vieux-Lyon” as it is known locally, is one of the largest old towns in France. Although the Vieux has been threatened over the years for sanitation reasons, it has been immaculately preserved. Split into three districts named after saints, the name of whom a church or the cathedral in each district is called; St Paul, St. John, and St. George. All these are striking buildings in their own right and worth visiting. “Cathédrale Saint-Jean” St. John’s Cathedral has a beautiful, grandiose façade, although it appears somewhat “short” because its towers are unfinished. The cathedral houses the 14th-century Lyon Astronomical clock, which is genuinely remarkable. (If you happen to be visiting in December, the light festival is beautiful). The view of the city from the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière is stunning and worth the climb. You will then settle into your immaculate and utterly delightful hotel, the Cour des Loges, and enjoy a free evening to relax or catch up on jet lag.
Lyon - Vienne - Valence
Hit the wine country today! At 10 am, your chauffeur will collect you for about a 30-minute drive south to visit the fabulous Domaine corps de Loup, a family-run with lots of passion, predominantly focusing on Syrah and Viognier. You will taste elegant examples of Condrieu, Saint Joseph, and AOC Côte-Rôtie.
Then on to Lunch (just another short 30-min drive), where you will delight in a gourmet extravaganza at La Pyramide. This gastronomic restaurant by Patrick Henriroux proudly holds 2 Michelin stars and is absolutely sublime. A complete contrast to yesterday’s experience, you are greeted by a much more modern contemporary affair, from the décor to the food. An intense sensory experience; discover the infinite array of colors, aromas, tastes, and textures that can be relished with wines from their exquisite collection.
After an outstanding lunch, head to the historic city of Vienne, stretch your legs, see the Ancient Roman theatre, and more. This city is full of Roman architecture, and probably the most impressive is the Temple in the heart of the city, almost entirely intact and dating back to the 1st Century, or the all-imposing, truly magnificent amphitheater from around 40-50 AD, which sits at the foot of Mt Pipet. It’s quite a sight and incredibly large, seating over 11,000 spectators. It is still used today during the summer Jazz festival.
Then on to your elegant Relais & Chateaux hotel, Maison Pic. You won’t be terribly hungry for dinner. A free evening to explore your captivating abode, impeccably decorated in a contemporary style, be sure to check out the enchanting gardens.
Tain l'Hermitage - Valence
Make the most of a leisurely breakfast before your chauffeur collects you. It’s just a 20-minute drive to your first port of call, the renowned Chapoutier. These guys have been knocking out sensational wines for over 200 years, producing outstanding examples in Hermitage, Côte Rôtie, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, and Luberon. The utmost importance is given to viticulture, all their vines being nurtured using organic and biodynamic practices with total respect for the terroir. Your tasting will most likely include; Le Meal (Ermitage Blanc), La Mororée (Côte Rôtie), Le Pavillo (Ermitage Rouge), and Croix-de-Bois (Châteauneuf-du-Pape).
Next up is a tantalizing wine lunch at Jaboulet Vineum. A heavenly lunch venue as passionate staff, including the knowledgeable sommelier, guides you through their seasonal menu perfectly paired. Depending on when you visit, specialties may include their sensational snails or melt-in-the-mouth pigeon with thyme.
After lunch, stroll through the vineyards up to Chapelle de l’Hermitage with a local wine expert. Enjoy a vineyard walk that concludes with a private tasting at a secret gem in the Hermitage appellation. Then chocoholics, brace yourself because next up is a visit to the mythical Valrhona Boutique in Tain l’Hermitage, the “Rolls Royce of Chocolate.” Discover everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate from the bean to the bar and pick up some fabulous gifts; before heading to your gourmet hotel for a blowout dinner onsite at their 3 Michelin-star restaurant.
This restaurant has a fascinating history dating back to 1889 and has gained, lost, and regained its stars several times over the years. Prepare yourself for some electrifying creations such as Gillardeua Oyster with lovage and black cardamom ice cream and various beetroot textures or Duck Liver Crème Brûlée topped with green apple sorbet; there is a generous selection of sweet delicacies with which to finish, including “Bitter Honey Chocolate” (just in case you didn’t sample enough this afternoon) this treat was created by Valrhona for Anne-Sophie Pic and is like a honeycomb served with Corsican bitter honey pannacotta cream and Hojicha Cubeb tea ganache – bliss!
Vaison la Romaine - Gigondas - Beaumes de Venise - Avignon
Visit historic Vaison la Romaine this morning; this fascinating city at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail Mountains only received its full name in 1924 when the extensive Roman ruins of the town were discovered—unveiling the truly splendorous life of Roman high society. The town is split geographically by the river Ouvèze; on the left bank, the “high town,” as it is called as it clings to a steep hill, is well worth the effort of the climb for nothing more than the breathtaking panoramic view from the top. Stroll around the cobbled streets and maybe grab a coffee in one of the picturesque squares.
Your chauffeur will then take you to the captivating Chateau Saint Cosme in Gigondas for a private tour and tasting. Probably the most ancient estate in the region and is steeped in history. The terroir in the Gigondas region is unique, over 600m above sea level, at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Big, ripe, full-bodied reds dominate here, and you will sample fantastic examples at Chateau Saint Cosme.
Lunch follows and is a characterful affair at L’Oustalet in Gigondas. It embraces the wine world in which it finds itself, this delightful restaurant set in an old stone house has its own vegetable garden, and the resulting produce is used to inspire the seasonal menu. The wine list is extensive and fascinating to take a peek at, but the pairings offered with the lunch menu is a great option. A little over the 10-minute drive away, you will visit Beaumes de Venise. Next, this enchanting hilltop village, full of caves, makes for an enjoyable digestive stroll before you have a fun wine tasting paired with Provençal bites, such as tapenade and goat’s cheese, at Domaine de la Pigeade. The Muscat de Beaumes de Venise makes for an interesting change. It is a fortified wine from either Muscat á petits grains blanc or noir, so it can range from an amber color to rosé or even purple. One last stop before heading to your hotel at the stunning Domaine Montirius; this delightful family-run vineyard oozes love and harmony. You will be personally received and hosted by the owner Christine, who will introduce you to their range of wines from various appellations, including Vacqueyras, Gigondas, and Côtes du Rhône. A real treat! Then a 30-minute drive to your overnight destination Hotel D’Europe in Avignon. It’s been beautifully restored and renovated, a historic building dating back to 1580 and one of the country’s oldest hotels. It boasts a prime location both near the river and centrally located. Bon Soir!
Avignon - Châteauneuf-du-Pape
This morning you will see if some of the Michelin-starred experiences you have had over the last few days have inspired your kitchen skills with a fun cooking workshop. Your chef will meet you and take you to the Avignon marketplace, where he will help you discover and select the best seasonal produce. Once at the La Cuisine de Valentine Cook workshop, your chef will guide you through some authentic Provençale cooking practices and top tips for seasoning, cooking, serving, and presenting the meal. Then once ready, sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor, bon appétit!
After lunch, you will have a VIP tour of the terrific Chateau de la Nerthe; this mythical Chateau was built in 1736 and is mentioned in documents as far back as 1560. Not only is it probably one of the oldest estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but it is also famed for being the first estate of the region to export out of France. The estate changed hands several times, especially during the 19th/20th century. The current owners purchased and renovated it in 1986. All 13 permitted varieties are planted, producing three red and two white wines. You will hear the fascinating viticultural and vinification practices they use, ending with a tasting of their excellent wines.
Then before heading back to Avignon, pop into the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape itself, a pretty medieval village perched on a hill from where you can admire the luscious vineyards. Once back at your hotel, a free evening to relax or explore with our recommendations.
Luberon - Menerbes - Gordes - Rousillon - Avignon
Today you will explore the glorious Luberon and some of its beautiful medieval hilltop villages. First stop at Domaine de la Citadelle; striking views greet you everywhere you turn here, whether overlooking the vast vineyards, up to the perched village, or the stunning mountain range. The wines don’t cease to impress, undoubtedly thanks to the careful vineyard parcel selection, state-of-the-art winery and cellar, and cutting-edge winemaking practices. You will enjoy a VIP tour and personalized tasting with your charismatic hosts visiting the fascinating corkscrew museum with over 1200 corkscrews from the 17th century to today.
Then on to Ménerbes; narrow streets lined with cute houses and the occasional boutique or café cling to the steep slopes that lead to the 16th century Citadelle. After admiring the most spectacular view from the top, head to the Place de l’Horloge, where one of the grand, immaculately restored stone houses is home to the Maison de la Truffe et du Vin (House of truffles and wine) for lunch.
After a delicious lunch, naturally featuring these exquisite “fruits,” if you are visiting in truffle season, Robert, a lively local truffle farmer, will take you truffle hunting; this is such fun and the ultimate French experience.
You will then visit Gordes, breathtakingly beautiful, considered not only to be the most beautiful village in Provence but in France. It is equally striking to be admired from afar as you approach it, as it is fascinating to explore. Your chauffeur will also take you to the nearby Senanque abbey, where the typical lavender field picture is taken. One last stop before heading back to Avignon at Roussillon; in total contrast to the white stone of the other villages, Roussillon is awake with color, a painter’s palette of color thanks to the neighboring ochre quarry, quite a sight off-set against the pine-covered hills and green valleys. Then a free evening in vibrant Avignon.
Avignon - Lyon
Get a real feel for this stunning city and enjoy a walking tour of Avignon this morning. Famous for its UNESCO world heritage Palais de Papes, the Pope’s Palace was home to the Pope and the center of the Roman Catholic Church for over 70 years in the 1300s. Near to the palace, the Notre Dame des Doms Cathedral is also high on the list of “must-see,” with its impressive 6 meters high gold-gilded Virgin Mary looking out from the top of the bell tower and protecting the city. The medieval wall surrounding the old town is lovely to see. For a small city, it does have a lot to offer, and the picture-perfect cobbled streets are lined with boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and cafés. Simply taking a few moments to sit and watch the hustle and bustle in the vibrant squares is a real pleasure.
By lunchtime, you should have “walked up” an appetite, and you have a fabulous farewell lunch on the beautiful terrace of Mirande to look forward to. This is an extraordinary finale to this gastronomic trail; the setting is stunning, and each plate presented in front of you is a real work of art. Season dependent, of course, but you can expect the likes of Partridge grilled and then lacquered with Hokkaido pumpkin chutney, Red Scorpion Fish in a saffron broth with crispy octopus, or “Lemon Lightness,” which is Chef Florent Pietravalle’s interpretation of a Lemon Meringue Pie – it just melts in your mouth!
Then hop on the fast train to Lyon, and settle into your delightful hotel in the old town. You will have a free evening to make the most of this fascinating city, with plenty of tips from us.
After a last breakfast at your supremely romantic hotel, carry on to Lyon airport, or your next port of call, or spend another day in Vieux Lyon- Bon voyage!
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