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Upper Vaucluse –The Provence of the Popes

 

Upper Vaucluse

 

This part of Provence lies in the northern part of Vaucluse county – land full of truffles, lavender and excellent wines. Twenty centuries of history in Orange and Vaison la Romaine, where the Romans built theatres and thriving cities.

 

 

 

Vaison-la-Romaine

Vaison-la-Romaine

Dentelles de Montmirail

Dentelles de Montmirail

Orange

Orange-Arc de Triomphe

Gigondas and its vineyards

Gigondas and its vineyards

Mornas and its Castel

Mornas and its Castel

Rasteau

Rasteau

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Dentelles de Montmirail

The Dentelles de Montmirail is a range of hills, called the "admirable mountain" ("Mons mirabilis" in Latin) – a well-deserved name, surrounded by vineyards and a scattering of villages...

 

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The Papal Enclave, Vaucluse territory which lies in the Drôme county, holds four villages, Grillon, Valréas, Visan and Richerenches, famous for its beautiful “Truffle Mass”. The Knights Templar and the Avignon Popes marked the history of these four villages.

Also in Upper Vaucluse, Châteauneuf du Pape – the Pope of the the Côtes du Rhône wines, and the stunning hills of the "Dentelles de Montmirail" which stand like the pleats of a theatre curtain. Hikers and rock climbers are in heaven in the Dentelles de Montmirail. The towns of Gigondas, Cairanne and Vacqueyras make excellent wines. In Rasteau and Beaumes de Venise, discover the outstanding natural sweet wine, the Muscat, which goes so beautifully with the famous melon from Cavaillon.

The area is full of hikes for outdoor lovers. There is the GR9 hiking path along the northern side of Mont Ventoux. There are botanical trails in the Uchaux hills, and countless other local hiking paths. Also try mountain biking and road cycling, where circuits take you through the vineyards, orchards and Romanesque chapels.

 

 

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The village of Mornas is crowed by the 12th century fortress from which there is a magnificent view of the Rhone Valley. Romanesque art, emanating from the 11th century religious revival, is the style of the beautiful churches in Beaumes-de-Venise and of many rural chapels

In the towns of Camaret-sur-Aigues and Jonquières are entered through their ancient rampart gates. The small village of Richerenches has been built in the centre of what once was a Knights Templar fortress.

Sérignan-du-Comtat is the town where famous entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre lived and worked. Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Visan, Ste Cécile des Vignes, Rasteau, Roaix, - all known for their outstanding wines. Absolutely incredible views can be had from many hilltop villages: Suzette and Lafare in the Dentelles de Montmirail, Buisson, St Roman de Mallegarde, St Marcellin-les-Vaison, St Romain-en-Viennois ... to name just a few !

Excavations in Vaison la Romaine

 

The city of Orange was built on the lines of the classic Roman city, and was endowed with many public buildings ? the Arch of Triumph welcomes those arriving from the North. The Roman Theatre is the best preserved in the world, with its famous stage wall still intact ? the wall King Louis XIV described as being ? the most beautiful wall in my Kingdom?, now ranked as UNESCO Heritage for Humanity.

 

The city of Vaison la Romaine reflects two thousand years of history. The Romans built a splendid city with luxurious villas and baths, the ruins of which can be seen in the "La Villasse" area. The Puymin hill was home to the Roman public buildings, homes and the 6000-seat Roman theatre.

 

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Wine and vineyards


The Provence of the Popes is a high point among Côtes du Rhône wines – for red, rosé, white and natural sweet wines. The reputation of the vintages in this area needs no further introduction – their worldwide fame is justly deserved: Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise.

 

The Côtes du Rhône Villages wines have rich bouquet. They are long, heady wines which are supple and elegant. Beaumes de Venise is famous for its Muscat which has earned it the title of “Outstanding Good Taste Site”. The Wine Touring Roads and vintner trails help you discover the people making the wines, the tasting cellars, the landscapes and the villages themselves.

Chorégies d'Orange

 

Land of festivals, Upper Vaucluse is where the famous Chorégies d'Orange take place. The Chorégies - a series of lyrical concerts and operas - area staged in the Roman theatre in Orange, ranked as UNESCO World Heritage.

The "Gourmand Days" take place in Vaison la Romaine, the Music in the Vineyards Festival takes place in several different wine-making villages. Bollène is home to the Polymusicales festival. Saint John's Feast is celebrated in Valréas, and many towns have Christmas markets

 

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Truffles

Truffle

 

Here in Upper Vaucluse, you are in the heart of truffle country. Though the truffle is often referred to as the “Perigord Truffle”, the county of Vaucluse is actually the number one source of black truffles !!

The village of Richerenches owes its ranking as “Outstanding Good Taste Site” to this black diamond. Each year, there are festivities celebrating the truffle. In mid-November, with the opening of the truffle markets, then in mid-January with the famous Truffle Mass. Truffles are donated during the mass, then auctioned off on the town square, purchased by gourmets from France and abroad !