Light Cycling tour in Provence
Côtes du Rhône ViIlage, Luberon
You can include winery
visits as part of four light cycling packages in Provence:
and visiting some wineries
If you are interested in tasting
and finding out about some of the top wines of Provence, we can offer
you two possibilities planned and guided by our wine professional Guide
(see his CV at the bottom of the page). A third option is you go by
yourself we indicated where to go.
Half-day guided visit to the stunning vineyards and wineries of two
top wine domaines in one of the five wine villages, Gigondas, Vacqueyras,
Rasteau, Sablet or Séguret that are clustered around the Dentelles de
half-day visit compares and contrast wines from two different domaines.
Our guide explains the elusive concept of “terroir” and
demonstrates, in an accessible way, how different terroir, grape varieties,
vine-growing and winemaking methods determine the characteristics and
quality of the different wines that you taste.
The guided visits
appeal to all wine drinkers, from those who simply enjoy a glass from
time to time, to wine enthusiasts seeking to broaden their understanding.
Coordinated wine cycle holiday where you can:
1. Discover and learn all about the wines
of the Southern Rhône & Provence;
2. Visit an interesting
and broad range of top wine domaines in the finest wine villages of
Provence and; most importantly,
3. Discover something new and
different in each winery that you visit;
The three most common
problems with wine holidays (either organised by tour operators or by
the visitors themselves) where they visit several different wineries
are that the guides/owners at each winery:
1. Assume their visitors
already have a reasonable level of knowledge about wine in general and
local wines in particular;
2. Repeat the same general wine information
the visitors have heard at previous wineries;
3. Often contradict
each other leaving the visitors confused at best about the region's
Each wine cycle holiday
we offer is individually planned by our guide. Depending on the duration
of your trip, you will visit wine domaines in up to 7 different wine
villages, of which the initial visits (anything from the first 1 to
4 visits) will be guided so you can get a comprehensible understanding
1. "Terroir" and the local appellations;
2. The local grape varieties;
3. How the wine domaines work
4. Winemaking in general and the methods used
by each winery.
You will then be well armed with general and
local wine knowledge to visit other wineries in other wine villages
on your cycle route that are interesting contrasts to the wineries you
have already visited so as to give you a broad picture of the region's
The guide will plan each wine cycle holiday:
The guide will create specifically tailored guided visits – He
will speak directly to you once you have confirmed the booking to establish
the things you would like to find out about/learn/discover, etc. He
will then plan each of your guided visits on the basis of that discussion.
2. The guide will personally meet the owners of each wine domaine
you will visit on your own to plan your tasting and visit (even though
it is not guided by him) so you discover something new and different
at each wine domaine you visit.
3. The guide will provide you
with coherent, consistent and coordinated information about the appellations
you will visit and all the wines you will taste during your visits,
including wines from the domaines that are not guided by him. This will
allow you to appreciate and understand all the wines that you taste
in a understandable and coherent way.
The guide will happily
book/recommend restaurants that list the wines from each of the domaines
you visit so you can enjoy lunch / dinner with some of the wines you
have tasted during your visits.
Price per visit guided: 120 euros
per visit or 40 euros per person if there are three or more people.
Price per visit not guided: Varies depending on the wine domaine visited.
Anything from 2 euros per person upwards depending on the type of visit.
Planning costs: Between 100 to 200 euros, depending on the number of
wine domaine visits
Transport: As indicated above in Option 1
The CV of our guide:
"Our guide is a dual British and
French national now currently residing in Sablet, Provence. He obtained
his final wine qualifications from the Wine & Sprits Education Trust
in 1998 and set up a UK wine importing business, specialising in wines
from the Southern Rhône. In 1999, he also commenced a viticultural project
in Valréas, Provence and continues to cultivate and make wines from
those vineyards today. Guide has also been involved in several other
winemaking projects in Provence and the Languedoc since 2000. Having
gained a significant and wide experience of the wine business from vineyard
cultivation to winemaking to wine trading, he set up a wine education
and wine tour business in 2005 based around the premium wine villages
of the Southern Rhône."
Regarding some questions you
might have regarding the wineries you will visit on your own:
Most wineries welcome visitors to taste (and purchase!) their wines.
Very few do tours and most of those that do require prior appointments.
There may be a small tasting fee at each of the wineries (which
they can pay at the time of the visit) if you do not purchase any wine.
If they do not speak much French and need English speaking owners
then the guide will find suitable wineries
The guide will arrange
for each winery you visit to show the winemaking cellar and point out
any interesting things that will not have seen on the guided visits.
We tell you where to go. You go all by yourself
You can include these winery visits
as part of four light cycling packages in Provence: