Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas Wine Tour

Chateauneuf du Pape, in France's Provence region
Located in southeastern France's Provence region is Avignon, a well-preserved medieval city on the Rhône River. The entire area is an important wine-making region—a legacy that actually began with the Papacy. Avignon was the seat of the Catholic popes from 1309 to 1377, a heritage that's reflected in the Palais des Papes, a palace and fortress that was the hub of Western Christianity during that era. It was during the papal schism that the Avignon Popes encouraged the development of viticulture. Today's experience involves a tasting at the nearby Châteauneuf du Pape, a village famous for winemaking. 

With its characteristic pebbly topsoil, Châteauneuf du Pape produces some complex and top-rated red wines (as well as the occasional delicious white, too). Under the guidance of an expert oenologist, you will discover the fruits of Avignon's legacy on a tasting journey of its famous reds such as Grenache and Syrah (they produce the occasional delicious white, too). There will then be free time to enjoy lunch in the village (not included) before driving 40 minutes north to Gigondas, another wine producing appellation (region). The vineyards of Gigondas sit in the southern Rhône Valley beneath the Dentelles de Montmirail mountain range and near the highest mountain in southern France, Mont Ventoux. This jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery will compliment the day's final tasting perfectly.

Itineraries with Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas Wine Tour

Paris & Provence Road Trip - 9 Days

This scenic itinerary starts with a self-guided road trip through exceptional villages, cities, and wine regions in the heart of Provence. Over the course of 9 days, you’ll explore Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon, and the Rhone Valley with visits to a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as hidden gems. Finish the adventure in Paris with a mix of private tours and free time to explore on your own.