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Harvest time in Vaucluse © Chateau-Pesquier

Top unique ways to discover the vineyards

Harvest time

The grape harvest is like a ballet: the harvesters seem to dance through the vines, secateurs in hand, and the tractors perform their own choreography as they transport the grapes to the wine cellars, with the promise of divine nectars in tow.
The harvest is also the time to dive into the history of wine in Vaucluse: trips along vineyard paths to learn all there is to know about the grape varieties, a break in a museum to discover the tools used in the vineyards, tasting workshops, and more – learn about the Vaucluse vineyards through objects, colours, and flavours!

Paths through the vineyards to discover the terroirs and grape varieties

Wine first and foremost signifies a vine, a grape variety, and a terroir: from the pebbly ground of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to the limestone foothills of Ventoux and the clay soil of the Luberon plain, set off to discover the Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Clairette, and Bourboulenc…

Each path has its own story, a combination of know-how, mother nature, and man which led to the creation of wines that are sometimes internationally renowned, such as those of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Séguret, Sablet, Beaumes-de-Venise… and sometimes more secret from the Ventoux and Luberon PDO.
Following a vineyard trail during the harvest has its own special charm: you can hear the grape pickers in the rows of vines, get drunk on the smell of freshly cut grapes, and imagine the wines that will be made from them!

In the vineyards

You can’t talk about the vines without mentioning the winegrowers’ tool

You could say that the vine grower tames the vineyard. From the young plants to the century-old roots, the vine is shaped by the hand of the man who tends to it, prunes it, offers it supports, bends and shapes it, picks the leaves off, and monitors the growth of the bunches until perfect ripening for a successful harvest.

This story is told in the vigneron museums, including the Maison Brotte in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the Musée des arts et métiers du vin in Ansouis, the Musée du Vigneron in Rasteau and the Musée de la truffe et du vin in Richerenches, where you learn all about cooperage, presses or everyday objects (pruning shears, grafters, wire tensioner, sprays etc.).
The next step, tasting the wines, can be done with glasses, carafes, and tastevins… Which sometimes prove to be true works of art!
A fascinating universe that we invite you to discover 😊

vineyard museums

1 department, 3 appellations

Vaucluse has been a land of vineyards since Antiquity.

Before today’s winemakers, the Greeks, Romans, Templars, and Popes all lorded over the vineyards: each planted vines to accompany their feasts and banquets, and traded with other lands where the wines acquired their excellent reputation.
Although today the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape are world famous, the Grenache de Mazan was the star of its time, adorning the tables of Louis-Philippe.
So why don’t you follow the wine routes too, in search of the ideal wine for your table 😊

Did you know?

Did you know?

Vaucluse is also home to 8 vintages, and 2 natural sweet wines

Vaucluse grape varieties.

Tasting session!

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Discover the wine-based experiences on offer in Vaucluse

Les effluves des vendanges conduisent toujours à une cave où le vigneron sera heureux de vous accueillir pour une dégustation de ses meilleures cuvées, première étape gustative de vos papilles avec les cépages vauclusiens.

The aromas of the harvest always lead to a cellar where the winemaker will be happy to welcome you for a tasting of his best cuvées, the first gustative step of your taste buds with the Vaucluse grape varieties.
To refine your winemaker’s palate, the wine workshops of the Ecole des Vins d’Inter-Rhône allow you to learn about tasting and to discover the different aromas, food pairings and wines…
Perfect for lovers of good food and epicureans😉

Wine events

Wine and Vineyard Celebration - 28th year

Wine and Vineyard Celebration – 28th year

Avignon

Friday 27 May 2022 between 5 pm and 10 pm.

Wine and Vine Celebration at Domaine Mousset

Wine and Vine Celebration at Domaine Mousset

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Saturday 28 May 2022.

Les Jeudis Afterworks : Accords Mets & Vins

Les Jeudis Afterworks : Accords Mets & Vins

Gigondas

Thursday 2 June 2022 between 6.30 pm and 8 pm.

Le live des Côtes du Rhône

Le live des Côtes du Rhône

Avignon

Saturday 11 June 2022 between 11 am and 1 am.

Soirée Galuvienne - Concert 'Christine & the Swing'

Soirée Galuvienne – Concert ‘Christine & the Swing’

Cairanne

Wednesday 13 July 2022 between 7 pm and 10 pm. Every other Wednesday in July and August.

Vineyard tour at Château La Croix Chabrières

Vineyard tour at Château La Croix Chabrières

Bollène

Friday 15 July 2022 between 10 am and 12 pm.

Gigondas sur tables

Gigondas sur tables

Gigondas

Monday 18 July 2022 Opening hours on Monday between 8 pm and 11 pm.

Wine-Grower Sunsets in the Luberon at La Cavale

Wine-Grower Sunsets in the Luberon at La Cavale

Cucuron

Tuesday 19 July 2022 between 6.30 pm and 9.30 pm.

Terraventoux célèbre la fête nationale Belge

Terraventoux célèbre la fête nationale Belge

Villes-sur-Auzon

Thursday 21 July between 9 am and 6.30 pm.

The Night of Bacchus

The Night of Bacchus

Vaison-la-Romaine

Thursday 21 July 2022 at 6 pm.