Vineyards of the Ventoux
Discover the AOC Ventoux
The Ventoux reached AOC status in 1973 under the name Côtes du Ventoux!
From atop its 1,909m summit, the Giant of Provence looms over a multi-faceted wine-growing region which is spread over 51 villages, from Malaucène to Apt via Carpentras.
Let’s go and discover these wines with their varied and subtle aromas!
Caveau de Villes-sur-Auzon
253 route de Carpentras
Step 1: Ride through 5 “terroirs” / 9 – 11:30 am
A nice ride!
This adventure, nice and easy thanks to the electric bike, will lead you through the vineyards of Ventoux, discovering the 5 different “terroirs” (a French term describing the natural environment in which a particular wine is produced). Here, your guide will explain the richness and the distinctive characteristics of the soils at the foot of the Giant of Provence, which gives AOC Ventoux wines their distinctive identity.
With the Mont Ventoux as a backdrop, the landscape is truly unforgettable with its green vines in the spring or grape-covered vine stock in August.
A tasting of the “5 Terroirs” vintage will conclude the bike ride.
- Every Tuesday from May to the end of August
- Don’t forget to book 48 hours in advance
- Price: €35 per person
Step 2: Lunch in a local bistrot / 12:30 to 2 pm
A bit peckish after your bike ride? Head towards Saint-Romain, a local restaurant in Crillon-le-Brave.
For those who like to try local cuisine, the ‘Bistrots de Pays’ label is a good guide to finding an ideal restaurant.
The Saint-Romain bistro offers a menu made up of local produce, with a lovely selection of AOC Ventoux vintages on the wine list.
And to top it all off, the restaurant boasts panoramic views of the Dentelles de Montmirail thanks to the terrace and the large windows in the dining room.
- Price: menu from €10.50
- There is also a boules pitch for anyone who wants to try their hand at this traditional game!
Step 3: Tasting, exploring, and introduction to mixology
How would you like to perfect your cocktail-making skills?
The Rhonea wine-growers give you the chance to discover the art of mixology by creating cocktails made from Beaumes-de-Venise muscats.
First, learn how to handle the cocktail shaker, then get out the ice cubes, fruit juices, and aromatics – and leave it to your imagination and your sense of subtle blends under the watchful eye of an expert who will guide you in your creative choices!
- Price: €35 per person
- By reservation and for 4 people or more
Step 4: Evening inspired by the wine-growers
For a lovely end to this day learning all about the wines of Ventoux, this place is made for lovers of good food
“A warm, welcoming, and original restaurant” as their website claims – Pascal and Claire Poulain’s restaurant ‘6 à table’ seats visitors in a dining room with an open kitchen, allowing you to see your food being prepared with all its Provençal ingredients.
Here the menu also consists of dishes prepared with local produce and a large selection of wines from the surrounding wine-growing region.
- Price: from €33
- 6 à table also offers cookery classes, check them out!