Being on holiday is thirsty work and all that lovely warm sunshine and superb French cheese has to be accompanied by something. Fortunately for those of you who have booked with Affinity, Provence is a haven for those who are a fan of the grape, with Rosé wine in particular available in abundance and for very decent prices.
However, whilst enjoying a refreshing glass of wine by the pool is an ideal way to spend a day or two, why not head away from your South of France villa and into the vineyards of Provence where you can really get a taste for the local favourites and a tour of their stunning grounds? Here is our quick guide to two excellent vineyards close by to our villas in and around Fayence, and a two more which are a bit further afield.
The Domaine de Grande Bastide is within touching distance of our Provence villas in Tourrettes, and the perched villages are still visible from the vineyard itself. The vineyard has been refreshed by a change of management in 2001 and offers tours and wine tasting sessions. Numerous reds, rosés and whites are available at the vineyard, which offers award-winning wines for every palate.
Another vineyard located just a stone’s throw away from Affinity villas, is the Chateau des Selves in Seillans, which has been in the Christine family for generations. It also offers wine of every colour and, so beautiful is its location that it is highly popular for wedding receptions. While the area is worth a visit for the scenery alone, the wines are fantastic and, for an added taste of the local area, guests are invited to sample six different olive oils each lovingly created at the vineyard.
Moving slightly further afield, we find the lovely Chateau de Berne which has it all, from wine tasting to spa days and even a conference hall. 2014 sees the vineyard celebrate 20 years of wine tourism, so it is safe to say that they know how to look after their guests. The wines found here are typically Provencal in that they are light and fruity. Visitors are invited to buy wine from the cellar, which are perfect either as a gift for someone back home, or for yourself with a nice grilled fish when you are back at your Provence villa.
A 45 minute drive from Nice, Sainte Roseline vineyard offers tours which are 90 minutes long at a cost of €9 during the week and €12 at weekends. The wine cellar is open seven days a week and visitors can benefit from advice in English, German and Dutch. The biggest production here is Rosé that makes up 55 percent of the wines made at Sainte Roselin and is in keeping with the spirit of the area where Rosé is the most important.
Be careful if driving. It is perhaps better to stick to vineyards in the local area, which are just a short taxi drive away. Above is a map which shows the locations of the four vineyards that have been mentioned in this article, click on it to enlarge. Wine tasting is of course just one of many things to do in Provence and we recommend getting out and about to make the most of your holiday.