Rhone from the North to the South -

with the winemaker in June 2022

- 6 nights (5 full days)

During these 5 full days, we will follow the Rhône river from Lyon to Marseille, visiting iconic producers and enjoying the French cuisine.

The Rhône Valley shows a plethora of grape varieties, of soil, of climate, of wine style (white, sparkling, rosé, red and fortified wines) with also a huge diversity of food traditions.

First, we will explore for 2 days the Northern Rhône region with its continental climate, its vineyards of Syrah and Viognier flanked along the Rhône river.

Then we will spend 3 days in the Southern Rhône around Avignon visiting the different Crus (e.g. Chateauneuf-du Pape) and Côtes-du-Rhône village AOCs.

If you are a fan of GSM (Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre) blends this journey is definitely for you.

Day 1 – Sunday, June 19 - 2022

ARRIVAL IN LYON, Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport.

Meeting point in Lyon Center and we drive straight ahead in the Rhône Valley!

Check-in to our 4 Star hotel in Condrieu in the Northern Rhône Valley.

Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 – Monday, June 20 - 2022

Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and Saint Joseph.

There will be iconic producers on the schedule, such as Guigal with Château d'Ampuis, Vernay in Condrieu, Coursodon in Saint Joseph.

Lunch at one of the wineries.

Check-in to our winery resort in Tain l'Hermitage.

Dinner at the winery resort.

Day 3 – Tuesday, June 21 - 2022

Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas and Saint-Peray.

On the schedule iconic producers as Chapoutier, Clappe or Combier.

Lunch at Maison Chabran.

On our way to Avignon and the Southern Rhône, we will stop in Saint-Peray to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine.

Check-in to our boutique hotel in Avignon.

Free evening in Avignon.

Day 4 – Wednesday, June 22 - 2022

Tavel and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

To start our day and to refresh our palate we will visit a small producter in the only AOC 100% rosé: Tavel AOC.

Then we will spend the rest of the day in the vineyard of Châteauneuf-du-Pape visiting iconic producers as Famille Perrin, Chateau Mont-Redon ...

Lunch at the winery.

Overnight in our boutique hotel in Avignon.

Free evening in Avignon.

Day 5 – Thursday, June 23 - 2022

Gigondas, Cairanne and Rasteau.

We will continue to explore the complexity and diversity of the GSM blends according to their origins and terroirs.

We will visit 3 AOC Crus as AOC Gigondas, AOC Cairanne and AOC Rasteau (red wines and fortified wines) protected by the Dentelles de Montmirail.

Lunch in Vaison-la-Romaine at a great bistro.

Overnight in our boutique hotel in Avignon.

Free evening in Avignon.

Day 6 – Friday, June 24 - 2022

Mont-Ventoux and Luberon.

Mont-Ventoux a 6273 foot / 1912 m peak made famous by the Tour de France, Ventoux is also the largest producer of the seven "other" AOCs. We will visit a boutique winery to understand the impact of the Mont-Ventoux on the GSM blends.

Lunch in a local bistro.

We will spend then the afternoon in the sunniest region in France: Lubéron, with a wine tasting session at Marrenon with the head winemaker.

Overnight in our boutique hotel in Avignon.

Final dinner in Avignon.

Day 7 – Saturday, June 25 - 20212

Departure after breakfast for MARSEILLE

possible drop-off in Marseille center or Marseille Marignane Airport around noon.

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THIS JOURNEY INCLUDES:

Transportation throughout the week.

Accommodation in 4-star hotels or equivalent (winery resort) with breakfast every morning.

Winery visits & tastings, group activities, guided visits and tickets

All meals mentioned in great local restaurants or farms (wine included).

Grape Tours personally (Pierre - French winemaker) accompanies the group throughout and we will have local guides meet us where necessary.

 

Cost per person (based on double room occupancy): 3000 euro

(single occupancy 3500 euro/p.p.)

 

Please shoot us an email on info@grape-tours.com if you may be interested in signing up, or if you're ready to sign up follow the link to register below.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

Airfare & travel to and from starting/departure point, meals not specified in the itinerary.

 

Availability:


TRIP NOTES:

Airport
Starting point: LYON, Lyon Saint Exupery Airport.

Ending point: MARSEILLE, Marseille Marignane Airport.

LYON and MARSEILLE could be reached easily also from Paris by fast train TGV.

Meeting
We are meeting in the center of Lyon in the afternoon (around 2.30 pm).

 

 

Please notice that this tour could also be organised for a group of 8-18 for a different week - but please enquire in good time & contacts us for a quote.

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