Vaucluse in the heart of the Rhône Valley unveils a landscape sculpted by mountains, with distinguished vineyards prospering and thriving at their foot. And there’s no shortage of things to do as you explore this rarest of regions.
In Gigondas, winegrowers from Domaine de la Tourade combine the finest vines with the finest “vintage” vehicles, taking visitors on a journey aboard one of their Volkswagen camper vans. You can roam over the property’s 16 hectares or take a tour of the Dentelles de Montmirail that overlook the rows of vines. Taking their seat in one of the two 6-seater vans with their exquisitely retro decor, guests on this mobile tasting listen to their guide recount the history of the estate and introduce their work as a winemaker. The rides are an ideal way to immerse yourself in the region’s terroirs and enjoy spectacular views of the steep hills of the Dentelles de Montmirail – all in a 100% 1970s atmosphere and with a glass of Gigondas in your hand!
Around Mont Ventoux and its foothills, Domaine Les Touchines also opens its doors to the public. Located in Saint-Didier, this organic winery stretches out across vineyards, orchards and the wild countryside. As summer draws to a close, visitors can harvest table grapes on outings organised by the estate. After a talk about the region’s multi-fruit terroir and a short introduction to the techniques of shearing, the grape pickers – kitted out with crates and pruning shears - are invited to gather bunches of several different varieties in laid-back style. Everyone then leaves with a harvest of fresh, delicious grapes under their arms - not to mention a few recipes! These "grapillades" are open to everyone, with the guarantee of an authentic, friendly experience.
La Balade des Gens Heureux - The Drive for Happy People - follows the small roads on a Solex as they wind their way between Orange and Vaison-la-Romaine, meandering through the picturesque villages and bucolic landscape of Vaucluse. Perched on one of these two-wheelers, riders can choose between a two-hour mini-tour or a half or full-day motorised getaway. The surrounding vines will pass before your eyes on an excursion that is full of charm that opens up new horizons.
To each his own for exploring the vineyards in all their splendour and in their full flavour!