|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £582 to £1050 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfasts + 1 lunch + 1 dinner (3 Days)|
3 breakfasts + 2 lunches + 1 dinner (4 Days)
|Number of Winery Visits:||3 wineries (3 Days)|
6 wineries (4 Days)
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 14 (3 Days)|
Approximately 25 (4 Days)
|Tour Transport:||1 or 2 full day guided and transported tours|
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year|
One of France’s most celebrated appellations, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one of the finest expressions of the Grenache grape, which is traditionally blended with up to 13 other varieties (most commonly Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault) to create bold, rich red wines. The village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is beautifully picturesque, making it the perfect destination for a fantastic short break.
Our three and four day packages are based at the 4* Château des Fines Roches, a 19th castle set amongst prestigious vineyards. After checking in to your preferred room and spending some time enjoying your pleasant surroundings, a three course wine tasting dinner will be served in the Château’s elegant gastronomic restaurant. Each course will be perfectly paired with a Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine.
On the morning of day two, you will be bet at the Château by an English-speaking specialist driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a fun and fascinating Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine tour. You will start by looking at the unusual terroir that is responsible for the ultra-ripe grapes that come from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape vines and will then visit the cuverie of a local wine-maker, to understand their wine-making philosophy. The visit will conclude with tastings of their award-winning wines. You will be welcomed to dine in a quintessentially Rhône bistro for lunch. After lunch, enjoy tours and tastings at two more Châteauneuf-du-Pape wineries before spending a relaxing evening at leisure.
If you would like to stay for a third night and book the four day experience, your guide will return on the morning of day three, and accompany you on a second day of tours. Today, you will visit three appellations; Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Rasteau. In the village of Vacqueyras, you will see the famous dentelles. Meaning lace in English, these short, steep mountains are covered in broom and you will have time to admire the beautiful rock formations and the magical terroir. You will then meet a wine producer in the village, who will show you around his estate, and the tour will conclude with a tasting of some of the estate’s wines. A traditional French lunch will then be served in an authentic bistro.
In the afternoon, your guide will take you to Gigondas. The countless wine-related archaeological artefacts found in this appellation are testament to the Roman’s appreciation of wine. Here, enjoy a tour and tastings as the guests of a highly regarded wine-maker in this appellation. Before heading back to the Château, you will visit a winery in the Rasteau appellation for a tour and tasting. Rasteau is particularly famous for its delicious fortified wines, which can be red, white and rosé.
Day one of your Châteauneuf-du-Pape tour
Day two of your Châteauneuf-du-Pape tour
Day Three (Optional) of your Châteauneuf-du-Pape tour
Final day of your Châteauneuf-du-Pape tour
"An excellent trip, expertly constructed to meet our requirements."
Richard- Saffron Walden, UK
If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
The price of this package doesn’t include travel to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Please see our travel page for further information.
For more information on our Essential tours please see our Essential tours page.
To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before travel. Please call us on +44(0)1920 46 86 66 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to requests a booking form.
"Fabulous tour, fabulous location and fabulous wines. Celine was an extremely knowledgable guide and the diverse range of vineyards and wineries that we visited in Châteauneuf-du-Pape were wonderful."
Jennifer- Middlesex, UK