It's a great escape through the "vineyards of the sun". The hills along the southern part of the Rhone Valley are divided into distinct appellations and grape varieties with character. The winegrowers here continue to reinvent themselves, turning the Mistral wind into an ally. Their meticulous labor on each plot has been rewarded with AOCs such as the Duché-d'uzès. In summer, Avignon features the products from these estates at its beautiful Estivales du Rhône festival.
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Hotel and restaurant in a park. The Château de Rochegude, a 12th century fortress, is located in the heart of the Provencal Drôme region and majestically overlooks the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards, with vistas of the Mont Ventoux. The cellars of the château boast some of the best wines and are a starting point for wine tastings in the surrounding vineyards. Other activites on offer include a visit to the Ardèche caves or to some of the many Roman remains, such as the Pont du Gard and the antique theatre in Orange. On your return to the château enjoy a snack of warm local truffles, thinly-sliced, seasoned and lightly steamed with butter, accompanied by eggs and slices of toast. ... Learn moreless
When you arrive at this prestigious Wine University, housed in the superb 12th century castle of Suze-la-Rousse, you will receive a professional introduction to oenology, the science of wine. Which varieties work well together, how wine is produced, sensory analysis, tasting…, within this inner sanctuary...Read More less
You will explore a picturesque itinerary of tiny roads which stretch for a mere 20 km and wind through a terroir of hills and plains that are home to the finest AOC ‘villages’ labels of Côtes du Rhône. At Cairanne, you can enjoy a leisurely sensory trail through the wine cellars, an introduction to the...Read More less
The site, itself, is spectacular. The estate is perched up on the slopes above the village, and commands magnificent vistas of the jagged Dentelles de Montmirail, the vineyards, the wooded hills... And best of all, the Leydier family, who have managed the estate since the 1960s, produce what is, in my...Read More less
Property reopened on 02/06/2021
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Located between Roussillon and Gordes, Le Phébus is a mas, steeped in history, where the rooms overlook the tranquil water of their private swimming pools. Rebuilt on remains dating back to the medieval knights of the Order of Malta, this is a jewel of a hotel and the perfect place to take shelter when the mistral wind blows across the garrigue. Its location is ideal to explore the Luberon, and the Carita Spa is the perfect place to relax with treatments based on lavender essential oils. In the restaurant, the traditional cuisine breathes new life into ancient Provencal recipes and offers a superb “soupe au pistou”, a regional vegetable soup with garlic and basil. ... Learn moreless
Property reopened on 07/05/2021
Hotel and restaurant in the country. With its breathtaking views of the Luberon valley, this Provencal farmhouse is the perfect place to relax. Witness unforgettable sunsets to the song of chirping cicadas from the terraces of the mas with its sun-bleached walls. The Mas des Herbes Blanches is set around a magnificent pool, surrounded by cypresses, olive trees, mediterranean pines and palm trees. From here, discover the charms of the Vaucluse, with its watermills, windmills and dry stone huts – a beautiful part of the world that has seduced and inspired a number of great artists including Marc Chagall, Serge Poliakoff and Victor Vasarely as a living painting. ... Learn moreless
Gordes is one of the most beautiful villages in France, and its rock-coloured houses built into the limestone rock face, overlook the gentle Luberon landscape. I find the typical atmosphere of its castle and its tiny winding streets or ‘calades’ totally irresistible. Next door, the village of Les Bories...Read More less
Bonnieux is yet another famous Luberon village, whose reputation is built on its wineries, the oldest in the Vaucluse. Its wine growers have amassed a veritable expertise over a period of more than 90 years. They will offer you their very best wines to taste, wines that have been produced under the Provençal...Read More less
This is a small Provençal town, near Avignon, crossed by the river Sorgue. Its tiny bridges, maze of winding streets and antique water wheels give it the romantic old-world charm of the time when it was populated by weavers and dyers. Nowadays, it is known for its arts and crafts and boasts dozens of...Read More less
Property reopened on 21/05/2021
Hotel and restaurant in a village. Le Prieuré in Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, tucked away in the mediaeval village, with its cottage garden and its trailing wisteria, emanates a rare charm. Jean-André and Geneviève Charial, who also own two properties in Les Baux-de-Provence, say that this former convent epitomises silence and relaxation. In the different rooms and suites contemporary style meets ancient tradition. The menu also pays tribute to the region, with dishes such as duck foie gras with Gariguette strawberries from Nîmes and pot-roasted Costières wood pigeon with fresh sage. Le Prieuré’s mouth-watering cuisine is served in surroundings which bring all the senses to life. ... Learn moreless
Avignon is known throughout the world for having been the seat of the Papacy between 1309 and 1376, and is proud of its impressive Palais des Papes, the Popes’ residence and Catholic power base for almost a century. It is surrounded by churches, chapels, convents and town houses, sheltered within the...Read More less
Barbentane, an authentic Provençal village, is off the beaten track, and is set back from the Rhône, several kilometres from Avignon. Behind the fortified gates of Porte Calendale and Porte de Séquier, there is a maze of little streets with splendid town houses including the Maison des Chevaliers, with...Read More less
Wine from Châteauneuf-du-Pape is considered to be the supreme Côtes du Rhône wine, and its reputation stretches from the USA to Japan, and it leaves a firm impression on those who taste it. The winegrowers have taken the former papal lands to the north of Avignon with their attractive fortress, and worked...Read More less
Property reopened on 09/06/2021
Hotel and restaurant in a village. This 300-year-old house, tucked away in an alley of the majestic city of Uzès, was once the home of the Chambon de La Tour family. Now a historic monument, it has recovered all of its former glory. Behind its imposing façade, a monumental 17th-century staircase and hidden passage lead to guest rooms featuring contemporary decor and picturesque views over the roofs of the old town. The spa is nestled under Romanesque arches and draws its inspiration from ancient traditions of health and well-being. At La Table d’Uzès, Michelin-starred chef Christophe Ducros serves Provençal market cuisine, which can be enjoyed on the patio during summer. ... Learn moreless
The wine growers of the commune of Bourdic, who have worked together as a cooperative since 1928, approached their colleagues in Saint-Maximin, a neighbouring village in Castillon-du-Gard, to pool their expertise in wine growing. Thus, they set up the small ‘Collines du Bourdic’ winery inside the ancient...Read More less
The Pont du Gard, a ‘Grand Site de France’, is a marvel of Roman architecture. The bridge was built in the 1st century over the river Gard. With its 142 m long arcades standing 49 m above the surface of the river, it is the most spectacular section of an aqueduct that took water from Uzès to Nîmes. It...Read More less
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
"Welcome to Provence, that land of wellbeing and AOC wines! I designed this Wine Route to give the best possible introduction to these terroirs, which stretch from the rolling hills of Rochegude, in the Drôme, to the harsh, dry slopes of Castillon-du-Gard. The sheer mention of these vineyards has superlatives tripping off the tongue. The rich wines of Côtes-du-Rhône, Gigondas, Rasteau and Baumes-de-Venise (subtle fortified wines…), the delicate blends of Luberon wine, powerful Châteauneuf-du-Pape, fruity Tavel rosé wines… – they cannot fail to appeal to the senses! And you cannot help but fall in love with the region."