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Provence is home to literally hundreds of vineyards, each one as breathtaking at the last | © Matt Lewis/Flickr
Provence is home to literally hundreds of vineyards, each one as breathtaking at the last | © Matt Lewis/Flickr

A Wine Lover's Guide to Provence

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Updated: 28 April 2017

Due to its great climate and wonderful soil, Provence is well known for its magical vineyards. Here’s our list of must-see vineyards to visit in the region.

Chateau La Coste

Château La Coste is situated in the countryside, just 15 minutes outside of Aix-en-Provence. In addition to the fantastic wine (all of which is organic) and great wine tours, they also have an art gallery, installation art pieces around the grounds (it’s well worth doing the two-hour walk), a hotel and two wonderful restaurants.

Château La Coste,

The Tadao Ando arts center is the main focus upon arrival, hiding the underground car park with a large infinity pool and housing the restaurant, welcome center and shop | © Andrew Pattman

Domaine des Peyres

The vineyard of Domaine des Peyres is well worth a visit. It isn’t big but the wine is spectacular, the service and welcome is friendly (with fluent English) and there’s a wonderful art gallery on site. It’s situated in some of the most beautiful countryside in the Luberon (in the National Park). And if you fall in love with the place and don’t want to leave, they have five amazing cottages to hire with a wonderful pool. A must-see.

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The Domaine of Mas de Cadenet Négrel is in the same region as Domaine de Saint-Ser, in the Saint Victoire wine region, just outside Aix-en-Provence. The word, “mas” means ‘estate’ in local Provençal dialect and the “Cadenas” is a type of shrub, found on the property. It was bought by the Negrel family in 1813 and is still run by them. The estate produces mostly rosé wines (60%) with less red (30%) and a little white wine (10%). It grows Rolle, Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. It features a number of wonderful activities; in addition to wine tours and tastings, you can also take painting lessons and do a treasure hunt.