This holiday is specifically for people who are interested in or enthusiastic about wine. We have teamed up with Paul Barker, formerly a UK wine merchant and now a resident wine expert, with a long standing passion for Rhone wines. Over the course of four days, Paul will take you, as part of a small group, to some of the finest wine estates in the region, his profound local knowledge and strong links with the region's winemakers gives unparalleled access to some truly great wines.
The Rhone Valley wine region is divided into two distinct geographical sub regions, and from our base we are ideally placed to explore both of these magnificent areas, visiting some very famous wine villages and discovering a couple of amazing wines that rarely escape overseas.
We expect to spend two days in the southern Rhone, sampling the delights of Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Rasteau, Vinsobres, and Beaumes de Venise. It's a beautiful area; vineyards and olive groves, lavender fields, rolling hills and azure blue skies, and the wines sum it up perfectly.
In the other half of the tour, we spend a day discovering the wines of Cote-Rotie, Condrieu, St. Joseph, St. Peray and Cornas, and a day with Hermitage, Crozes Hermitage, Brezeme and Clairette de Die. It's a rugged landscape, many vines are cultivated on steep slopes and the grapes picked by hand.
Over four days, we'll sample over 70 different wines, and meet some talented and dedicated winemakers who will share their passion and enthusiasm with you. Along the way, you'll gain a better understanding of the effects of climate, soil and topography, or 'terroir'.
If you would like to find out more about this or any other holiday, please contact us.
- 70 different wines, Chateauneuf du Pape, Hermitage and more.
- Small groups, knowledgeable guide.
- Meet the winemakers, discover their wines.
- Luxurious accommodation with private swimming pool.
- Delicious home cooked cuisine, and a broad selection of superb local wines.