Wine Tasting and Vineyard Walks Spring 2023 in Provence
Springtime in Provence is an excellent opportunity to visit vineyards in the region. It is also a good time to participate in one of several organized wine walks. These strolls are only a few kilometres, and along the way, there are stations where you can try the wines of the appellation and usually together with tastings prepared by the area’s chefs.
Wine Tasting and Walks
May 21: Les Balades Gourmandes par les Vignerons des Côtes de Provence Pierrefeu
This is the 13th year for this walk in the Côtes de Provence sub-appellation of Pierrefeu. The six (6) km walk starts from Château de la Gordonne just west of the village of Pierrefeu-du Var. You can also sample the producers’ finest red and rosé wines from Côtes de Provence Pierrefeu and their white Côtes de Provence wines. Pascal Barandoni, the chef at Mas du Lingousto in nearby Cuers, is responsible for the gastronomic Mediterranean-influenced menu, with culinary students from l’école hôtelière Anne-Sophie Pic assisting.
The event is on Sunday, May 21, 2023, from 11h to 14h (last departure). You need to register in advance. Rates for adults: 95 €, children: 35 €, and there is a group rate for ten or more people.
June 10: Sur les Chemins des Anges
This is the second running of “Sur les Chemins des Anges,” a 2.7 km walk at dusk through vineyards and forests. Discover the newest terroir appellation (formed in 20a9) in Provence, Côtes de Provence Notre – Dame des Anges. The walk starts from the Château Réal d’Or vineyard about four kilometres east of the village of Gonfaron.
Along the route, you will taste wine and bees’ importance and learn about geology and the grapevine’s annual cycle. In addition, there is a chance to meet Côtes de Provence Notre-Dame des Anges producers and taste their wines. Finally, at the Château, enjoy some gourmet fare from the food trucks on location.
Saturday, June 10, 2023, from 17h to 22h. Book your ticket (for adults 16,99 € and 7,99 € for children above 12) and departure time in advance. Find out the full details here.
June 9 – 11: Les Escapades des Vins de Bandol
Domaine de la Garenne is hosting the 11th annual Bandol wine experience just south of the village of Cadière-d’Azur in Bandol. During a moderate walk of roughly five (5) kilometres in the vineyards, you will meet the wine producers, enjoy gastronomic dishes, and taste Bandol’s best vintages. Find the full event details and daily pricing here.
Göran Boman, the author of The Wines of Provence – Tricolour, is based in Sweden, far from Provence’s vineyards. His studies at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology led to a career with large international companies. Before retiring, Göran monitored the quality of nuclear fuel transmitted from EDF France to Sweden.
About 25 years ago, he joined Munskänkarna (“Cup-bearers”) for wine tastings and education. The association is the world’s largest non-commercial wine-tasting group with 30,000 members, mainly in Sweden and Provence.
If you love Provencal wines, then this book should be essential reading. Göran Boman covers 58 wine producers in his book and recommends 338 wines, not just rosé wines. Use the book as a guide to discovering these wines and their producers. His goal is to deepen your knowledge of everything worth knowing about the wines of Provence.