During a half-day tour we visit the vineyards and cellars of two leading wine estates in one or two of the Southern Rhône’s premium wine villages – Gigondas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vacqueyras, Rasteau, Cairanne, Sablet or Séguret.
French wine production is focussed on the vineyard and what the terroir (growing conditions) brings to the wine, in particular the diversity of wine styles as each grower seeks to express their terroir in their wine. I contrast this approach to the more cellar-led approach prevalent in other regions where the winemaker is the star. In France, we talk more about “growing” wines and embracing the diversity that this brings, as opposed to “making” them in the cellar.
As we visit the scenic vineyards I explain the local appellation and the local wine-growing culture – in particular the notion of “terroir”
As we visit the cellars – I explain key elements of the winemaking process, particular to the region.
As we taste the wines – We taste four to five wines per estate during which I explain the tasting characteristics of the Rhône grape varieties, the ageing potential of the wines and the varying influences of the terroir and cellar methods on the wines that we taste. At most of the estates we visit I supply a small selection of cheese to help us understand how the complexities and flavours of terroir wines can be enhanced and better appreciated with food.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is without doubt the most well known of the Rhône wine villages, but it is just one of several top “cru” vineyard areas. The other premium Rhône wine villages also produce wines of extremely high quality and – being less well known – their wines represent wonderful value for money.
I would be delighted to recommend some local lunch options before or after the tour.
Wine Estates that we visit
I have researched each wine estate that we visit – their philosophy, terroir, and wine-growing approach. This allows me to lead each guided visit and tasting, and point out what is interesting and genuinely different as we visit each estate.
I have in-depth knowledge of the wine region and its leading producers. I work with the Inter-professional Association of Rhône growers (Inter Rhône) and I provide Rhône wine consultancy services for importers. Please do not hesitate to request a wine estate of specific interest.
Price (Own Transport)
Châteauneuf-du-Pape: 45 euros per person;
Other wine villages: 40 euros per person
Half price children 16 to 17 yrs old. Free for children under 16 yrs old.
Subject to a minimum group tour fee of 120 euros for Châteauneuf-du-Pape, or 100 euros for other villages
To Book this Tour or request further information: Please Contact Me
What is the minimum group tour fee?
If you book this group tour for two adults and no other guests join the tour (i.e. the group tour ends up being for the two of you, only) then the minimum group tour fee stated above would be the tour cost for the two of you.
If however, you are joined by at least one other guest (creating a group of three or more) then the per person fee would apply – e.g. a tour fee of 90 euros (2 x 45 euros) for two adults for Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Including pick-up from and return to your residence: Please Contact Me for a quote.
Private Tour Pricing
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3 hours, morning or afternoon.
I would be delighted to recommend some lunch options for before or after the tour. Please see the Sleep & Eat page and contact me to discuss options. The cost of lunch is excluded from the tour fees stated above.
Any Prior Wine Knowledge Required?
My tours cater for all wine-drinkers, from those you know very little about wine, to enthusiasts seeking to broaden their understanding. My relaxed and informal tours can be tailored to suit each individual, as introductory or as in-depth as you require.
If you are a veteran wine estate visitor and you have seen more than your fair share of wine-making cellars, I will tailor the tour accordingly.
Transport to the vineyards and the wine cellars
Village Meeting Point:
Tours commence from a designated meeting point in the first wine village.
Own Transport Option:
You require your car to get to the first village meeting point. If you opt for the own transport option and I have space in my car then I could transport you from the meeting point.
Otherwise you would use your own vehicle (following me) for the tour. The distances between the vineyards and the cellars is usually no more than a few minutes.
All the tour commentary is in the vineyards and the wine cellars.