The Full Day History of Provence & Wine Tour comprises of a morning walking tour with my wife and part-time historian, Janet Henderson and is followed by an afternoon wine tour visiting the vineyards and cellars of two leading wine estates.
The guided walking tour takes place in Vaison-la-Romaine, predominantly in the stunning hill-top medieval town. This tour recounts a compelling and colorful tale, providing you with the historical context to appreciate Vaison-la-Romaine – a jewel in the crown of papal Provence. The landscape, fountains, churches, castles, mansions, alleyways and squares acquire another dimension as we imagine the events and people that have left an indelible mark on Vaison and the land of the Popes. Listen to a fascinating blend of history, folktale and legend that makes the defining events of the last three millennia spring to life and explains how these events have shaped the cultural identity of the area.
The tour provides you with a relaxed and engaging summary of some of the major events in the history of the area beginning with the Greeks, the Celts and the Romans, moving on to medieval, feudal times and continuing through to modern times, including the Renaissance and the French revolution. It uses Vaison’s Roman ruins, Romanesque cathedral and medieval town as a beautiful and dramatic backdrop.
After your break for lunch we would then visit two leading wineries in the Rasteau, Gigondas, Cairanne or Vacqueyras areas.
As we visit the scenic vineyards I explain the local appellation and the local wine-growing culture – in particular the notion of “terroir”. I explain key elements of the winemaking process as we visit the cellars. 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 domaines we visit I supply a small selection of cheese with which to taste and appreciate the wines.
Price (Own Transport)
65 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 185 euros.
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What is the minimum group tour fee of 185 euros?
If you book this group full day tour for two adults and no other guests join the tour for the full day (i.e. the group tour ends up being for the two of you, only) then the minimum group tour fee of 185 euros (total cost for the two of you) would apply.
If however, you are joined by at least one other guest (creating a group of three or more) for the full day then the 65 euros per person fee would apply – i.e. a tour fee of 130 euros (2 x 65 euros) for two adults.
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Private Tour Pricing
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9.30am in Vaison-la-Romaine.
We can recommend and book lunch for you at a restaurant/bistro in Vaison-la-Romaine. The cost of lunch is excluded from the tour fees stated above.
Any Prior Wine Knowledge Required?
The afternoon wine tour caters 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:
The afternoon wine tours commence from a designated meeting point in the first wine village. As we are normally small in number we group ourselves into one or two cars before visiting the vineyard parcels and the wine cellars. The travelling distances between the vineyards and the cellars are very short.
Own Transport Option:
You require your car to get to the first village meeting point which is a 15 minute drive from Vaison-la-Romaine. 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 except the travel journey to Châteauneuf-du-Pape which takes 20 minutes.