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Visit Château La Coste for Art, Architecture and Wine

Nestled among rolling vineyards between the historic city of Aix-en-Provence (14km) and the stunning Luberon Valley (21km) you will find Château La Coste. Purchased by Irish real estate developer Paddy McKillen in 2002, the ordinary has been transformed into the extraordinary. Château La Coste is now a stunning domain set within 600 hectares, dedicated not just to fine wine but art, architecture and well-being.

…Continue reading here for Caroline’s photos from their visit to Château La Coste in the fall.

Year-round Activities at Château la Coste

The vineyard is a short 20-minute drive from the centre of Aix-en-Provence, and with so many activities it’s a great place to visit any time of the year.

On a sunny day, the Art & Architecture walk will keep you warm as you climb the slope to the Tadao Ando Chapel. La Chapelle is at the highest point of the vineyard so the view of the vines with the Luberon massif in the background is well worth the walk. The walk takes approximately 2 hours, at a moderate pace, and costs 15€ for adults. There is a guided tour in English at 14:30h daily. Booking in advance is recommended.

Here is a lovely video of the property:

Art Workshops

All year Château La Coste offers artistic workshops (painting, collage work, photography) for art students of all ages. Here, is the full schedule including Saturday afternoon programs.

Dining Options at the Vineyard

The Tadao Ando Cafe located inside the art centre is at the heart of the action. Its contemporary design fits well within the setting. They offer indoor and outdoor dining for both lunch and dinner with a la carte menu options.

Francis Mallmann the famed Argentinian who loves to grill anything and everything. His menu is designed to keep you warm. Your meal will cost roughly 100€ for three courses.

Inside Villa la Coste, Gérald Passedat serves up Michelin gourmet food at his one-star restaurant Le Louison. The five (5) course set menus range from 95€ -165€ per person.

Also located in the hotel is Salon for a more casual setting with “bistronomic” food a tasty fusion of gastronomic and bistro. The restaurant is open daily for lunch (38€) and dinner50€.

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Caroline Longstaffe

Caroline Longstaffe

A traveller at heart, Caroline says she was most probably born under a wandering star. This English girl lives in California, but has a soft spot for France. After living in Provence for 18 months, she admits that she is now torn between the towns of Uzes and Lourmarin - she cannot decide which is her favourite. During her stay in Provence, Caroline launched her blog Shutters and Sunflowers. Her blog is about passion, about living the journey not waiting to get to the destination.

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