The world-famous Côte de Provence wine-growing region covers roughly 50,000 acres and is best known for its quintessentially Southern French rosé wine (85% of the overall production), the vineyards selected for our Côte de Provence wine tasting tour also produce lovely whites and award-winning reds.
These two vineyards are enchanting, elegant and prestigious and it’s always a pleasure to introduce our customers to them.
Château font du Broc: An hour’s drive from Nice, into the natural beauty and tranquility of the Var region, our first stop will be the Château Font du Broc. A magical estate where thoroughbred horses graze, neat rows of vines extend towards the distant Esterel hills and a perfectly kept formal French garden leads to the old stone Château.
Mr Massa, the owner and founder of Château Font du Broc, is a French success-story. Not satisfied with being a talented and accomplished businessman, Mr Massa , as well as producing wine that earned a place on many Michelin starred restaurant menus, also turned his hand to breeding Olympic champion horses.
Lunch in les Arcs Village: After soaking up Château Font du Broc’s relaxing atmosphere and taking your time on taste their wine, we will introduce you to the nearby village of les Arcs where you may order a tasty meal at a local restaurant ( meal not included). Followed by a stroll through the medieval streets of the village to help you digest.
Château Sainte Roseline: Last but by no means least, we will go to the beautiful Château Sainte Roseline winery, a property built on land first inhabited by a Xth century hermit. Later it became an Abbey long before the first vines were planted in XIVth century, making it one of the oldest vineyards in Provence.
This Château is not only a prestigious winery, but also a beautiful preserved sacred site steeped in history. Pilgrims still flock here several times each year to the 11th century Chapel and cloisters which are spectacular in their own right.
Today the estate covers 108 ha with 11 grape varieties. Sainte Roseline vineyard produces roughly 400 000 bottles a year, composed of 10% white, 35% red and 55% rosé.
You will be picked up at your hotel in the morning in mini air-conditioned van and leave the frenetic city for the hills of the Provencal countryside. We will cross the famous village of Grace capital of the world of perfumes to continue on the famous road Napoleon in direction of the village of Castellane for our first stop.
The sensational azures of Provence are sure to lure you in with their beauty and » A day in the country side » tour is the best way to immerse yourself in this wondrous region. Drive through the world capital of Perfume Grasse, and take advantage of a free guided tour at the Fragonard perfumery, where you will learn the secrets about perfume making as well as hear all the beautiful stories about the French delicacy.
The French and Italian Riviera in one holiday may sound decadent, but the Italian border is only 40 minutes from Nice so it would be a shame not to indulge ! Most visitors head to Ventimiglia or San Remo to see the basic markets, but they generally miss the Italian Riviera’s true gems.
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