Wine tours in the Rhône valley
Wine in the Rhône Valley
For 2000 years, vineyards have stretched along the Rhône from Vienne to Avignon. Thanks to the fertile soil, abundant sunshine and closeness of the river, the Rhône valley is one of the most diverse wine regions in France. The reds are delicious and fruity, the whites aromatic and fatty. The grape varieties used here are numerous. In red wines, we mostly find Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Syrah and Carignan. White wines are mainly made from Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier; less common are Gigondas, Côte Rôtie, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Crozes-Hermitage.
The concept of wine tours
Wine tours, combine wine and travel over a weekend. Don’t expect to be drinking wine all day, but prepare for a set of wine-related activities.
Wine tours offer unique experience allowing you to learn about oenology or improve your knowledge, taste new wines and learn about the months of work behind the making of France’s best wines.
Wine tours can be enjoyed by anyone, you don’t have to be a qualified oenologist.
The best wine tours in the Rhône valley
Truffles and wine
Offered by the Boissonnet estate in Serrières in Ardèche, this experience is perfect for those who wish to start their wine tour slowly. The original program proposes to combine wine- and truffle-tasting. We start in the morning, by visiting a truffle farm and discovering how cavage works, before visiting the Boissonnet estate, where we’ll meet the winemaker. Wine will be accompanied by truffle butter and scrambled eggs. Two packages at € 50 and € 90 respectively are available, the second one including a hearty lunch. Serrières is situated 96km north of Les Bastets campsite.
Wine weekend in the Drôme
During this tour at the Paissy estate near Montélimar, we will visit Grignan and Châteauneuf-du-Pape and take part in three wine tastings: two of them during visits to estates and one at the famous Maison Ogier. Meals will be served at traditional restaurants. Book your weekend (three days and two nights) at 390 € per person (meals and accommodation included). Domaine du Paissy is located less than 15km from Les Bastets campsite in Marsanne.
Hermitage tasting weekend
This third wine tour will take place in the heart of the Hermitage vineyard in Drôme, 68km north of Les Bastets campsite. The stay will begin with a visit to the Croix de Verre estate, where you will have your first tasting. The next day, you will be taken to the second wine-tasting with a local winemaker. After lunch, you will be invited for a short walk through the picturesque vineyards, and in the evening, you will dine at a Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant. The third day will be dedicated to the visit of Tournon-sur-Rhône, where you will have your lunch at a traditional restaurant. This three-day, two-night wine tour costs € 270 per person, including accommodation and meals.