If you are a Winerist who enjoys an historic backdrop against which to enhance your wine education, then Provence may be the perfect place for your next wine holiday. Famous for its fantastically pale and elegant rosé wines, Provence is much loved also for its picture perfect countryside, the heavenly lavender fields, glamourous beach towns and a gloriously sunny climate.
While you're resting your taste buds, why not exercise your other senses by exploring the incredible caves such as the Cave of Gargas, located in the Parc Naturel du Luberon where ancient drawings and paintings can still be seen on the walls. Evidence of human habitation has been found in Provence dating back to 2000 B.C. and in these caves, you can still find human handprints and other markings depicting animals, which give a sense of how people lived and what agriculture existed at the time.
Residents and visitors play a very important role in the continued preservation of the land. British author Peter Mayle for example, wrote his best selling books A Year in Provence and A Good Year here and still lives in the village of Lourmarin. He is among many other famous writers, comedians and musicians who have farmhouses scattered throughout the region.
Wine and art enthusiasts alike will be enlightened by the village of Menerbes, once the home of Pablo Picasso and now home of the famous Camargue region which is the largest river delta in Western Europe and is entirely surrounded by water.
Amongst many other attractions, Provence is home to abundant wildlife including the famous Flamant Rose (Greater Flamingo), bulls, horses and over 400 species of bird. Provence takes pride in being the perfect destination for the most beautiful lavender fields and while you’re taking in the scenery, it’s also fun to enjoy a glass of Pastis, the aniseed-flavoured liqueur typical of the region.
Provence can be scheduled into your travel diary at any stage of the year but rain and strong winds can be experienced depending on your vicinity to the Alps. Visit during the months of April to September to enjoy the best in good, old-fashioned Provencal hospitality. Winerists can make a wine weekend trip to Provence and still get a good taste of what is available, but of course, if you have the time, why not take a week to really get a feel for the historical region?
To find out more about Provence, the winemakers and wine events please read our blog here.
Pictures courtesy of Aix en Provence Tourist Board