A generous and welcoming land, Provence is home to winegrowers who bear the imprint of the soil and make wines that truly reflect the terroir. Below, we have put together some of the best wineries in the region, where you will be able to soak up the very best that Provence has to offer.
Ideally located between Nice and Marseille, the Château de Berne is a vineyard not to be missed when holidaying in the region. The truly exceptional vineyard, also called "vignoble d'exception" in the language of Molière, produces fine quality red, rosé and white wines. Don't miss a wine tasting in their cellar or a gourmet lunch on the terrasse.
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Along Provence’s wine circuit is the outstanding Chêne Bleu Winery. Using state-of-the-art production methods and extensive research alongside industry experts and renowned oenologists, Xavier and Nicole Rolet are able to produce wines of the highest standards. Chêne Bleu is in the process of phasing in biodynamic wine production principles, and will soon be producing chemical-free wines and environmentally-friendly products.
Wine visitors can enjoy free vineyard and cellar tours along with the complete tasting of 6 critically-acclaimed wines every day during opening hours. Several lunch options are available - prepared by the on-site chef Michel, who specialises in ethical, sustainable, organic Mediterranean cuisine, using ingredients from the La Verrière gardens and local producers are also available.
The winery also offers luxury accommodation to any visiting wine lovers; there are just four suites and three double bedrooms, creating a cosy and private stay for discovering Provence and tasting French wines.
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Discover Domaine Rabiega, set on the heights of Draguignan, in Provence's inland countryside. This small, 25-acre domain has chosen to focus its production on red wines. And not just run-of-the-mill reds! Rabiega's full-bodied, generous and very long-ageing reds have earned the vineyard its reputation for excellence.
Visiting wine lovers can enjoy winery and vineyard tours and wine tastings in the cellar. Domaine Rabiega also offers accommodation - making it the perfect base to discover Provence. There are 20 uniquely decorated rooms with spectacular views of the gardens and vineyards.
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The Domaine de Fontenille enjoys exceptional terroir. The vines draw their strength from the clay, limestone and stony soil and the slightly steep slopes provide perfect sunshine and better water drainage. The Provence Mistral naturally cleans the grape. The vine is tended so as to minimize treatments and ensure that the grapes obtain the best possible maturity while respecting natural cycles.
Wine lovers can enjoy wine tastings in the cellar with the Cellar Master, private dinners, and participate in wine courses and conferences about contemporary art exhibitions, terroir and truffle discovery.
Domaine de Fontenille also offers luxury accommodation for visiting guests, in each of the 17 unique, refined and discreet rooms and suites. There are two gourmet restaurants, Le Champs des Lunes and La Cuisine d'Amélie, led by a Michelin-starred chef.
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After acquiring the boutique hotel La Bastide de Marie, an 18th Century farmhouse turned into a Provencal Mas, Jean-Louis Sibuet discovered a new passion: making wine. He decided that the vineyard had to be renovated and, together with cellar master Arnaud Bressy, he restructured the winery. Domaine de Marie wine cellar was built out of stone in 2000, in time for the first grape harvest.
Visitors can enjoy the Provencal 'art de vivre' lifestyle and enjoy a stay in the heart of the vineyards at their beautiful boutique hotel.
Domaine des Aspras was first opened in the 1960s by Lisa Latz and her husband. Planting vines in this small village, they begin growing and cultivating grapes for the production of wine. Today Domaine des Aspras is still a family-run winery that respects the original, traditional methods whilst bringing in more modern technologies. Thus succeeding to produce a quality organic wine typical of the region.
Located in the beautiful region of Provence in the peaceful village of Correns, this organic winery is surrounded by impressive limestone hills.
Just minutes from the old village of Garde Freinet at the gateway to the Gulf of Saint Tropez, Chateau des Launes is a protected wine-growing estate in the heart of the Maures National Park.
Built at the end of the 19th century, Chateau des Launes has been producing quality wines ever since. Found only a short walk from the old village of Garde Freinet, Chateau des Launes is near fashionable Saint Tropez in the Provence region. This region in the south-east of France is considered the warmest French wine region and predominantly produces rosé and red wine.
The chateau’s cellar structure or foundation (known today as the oldest in the region) housed an original Chateau that was given by the Comte de Provence to Gérard De Villeneuve, in 1201. The current chateau, inspired by Tuscan Villa design, was built during the mid 19th century.
Caves d’Esclans identifies vineyards, grapes and wines from Château d’Esclans as well as local growers to make what has reputedly become the world’s greatest rosé, Whispering Angel.