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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.

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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

Gourmet Thursday of the cellier des Princes

Gourmet Thursday of the cellier des Princes

Courthézon

Thursday 18 April 2024 at 7 pm.

Les Insolentes Soirées : Wine and Burgers

Les Insolentes Soirées : Wine and Burgers

Carpentras

Thursday 18 April 2024 at 7 pm.

Tasting workshop: Rhône wines and cheeses

Tasting workshop: Rhône wines and cheeses

Avignon

Saturday 27 April 2024 between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm.

Tasting workshop: Rhône Valley highlights

Tasting workshop: Rhône Valley highlights

Avignon

Saturday 4 May 2024 between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm.

Les Insolentes Soirées: Retour de Pêche

Les Insolentes Soirées: Retour de Pêche

Carpentras

Wednesday 15 May 2024 at 7 pm.

Live Côtes du Rhône Event

Live Côtes du Rhône Event

Avignon

Saturday 25 May 2024 between 6 pm and 1 am.

Gigondas sur tables

Gigondas sur tables

Gigondas

Monday 15 July 2024 between 8 pm and 11.30 pm.

La Sud Lub - Marche, course  nature & VTT dans les vignes

La Sud Lub – Marche, course nature & VTT dans les vignes

La Tour-d’Aigues

From Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 May 2024 at 11 am.

Wine Party in Lumières!

Wine Party in Lumières!

Goult

From Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 May 2024 between 7 pm and 1 am.

La Traversée des Dentelles

La Traversée des Dentelles

Gigondas

From Saturday 1st to Sunday 2 June 2024.

Les Apéros Perchés Vins et Fromages de Youpi Tours

Les Apéros Perchés Vins et Fromages de Youpi Tours

Puyméras

Friday 14 June 2024 at 6 pm. Friday 28 June 2024 at 6 pm. Friday 13 September 2024 at 5 pm. Friday 20 September 2024 at 5 pm.

Les Ravissements de Châteauneuf du Pape Vocal Music Festival

Les Ravissements de Châteauneuf du Pape Vocal Music Festival

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Wednesday 8 May 2024 at 6 pm. Thursday 9 May 2024 at 7 pm. Friday 10 May 2024 at 7 pm. Saturday 11 May 2024 at 7 pm. Sunday 12 May 2024 at 6 pm.