Full Day Provencal Cooking
Class & Wine Tour
Délices de Provence
This day activity provides you with the full Provençal sensory experience enjoying and learning about two of the best things this wonderful region has to offer – its fabulous food and its exquisite wines.
Learn how to prepare typical Provençal dishes with one of Wine Uncovered’s cooking hosts. In the morning, you will learn how to recreate the taste and flavours of Provence for your family and friends back home using seasonal produce fresh from Vaison-la-Romaine’s famous market and the trusted local farmer’s shop.
The cooking class take place in the kitchen of a delightful private Provencal house in the beautiful hills around Vaison-la-Romaine. Enjoy the product of your morning’s work with some excellent local wines on the enchanting garden terrace.
I will meet you after lunch for a Wine Uncovered guided visit to the vineyards and cellars of two leading wine estates in one or two of the Southern Rhône’s premium wine villages : Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Rasteau, Cairanne, Sablet or Séguret.
Wine Estates – I work with a large number of wine estates across the Southern Rhône and 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.
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 – 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. 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.
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 except the travel journey to Châteauneuf-du-Pape which takes 20 minutes.
Other Tour & Tasting Options
Full Day Rhône Wine Discovery Tour: Four Wine Estates*
3/4 Day Châteauneuf/Gigondas Tour: Three Wine Estates*
Half Day Tour : Two Wine Estates*
Full Day History of Provence Walk & Wine Tour*
Half Day History of Provence Walk
Half Day Wine Walk & Picnic
Evening Rhône Wine Tasting At Your Residence*