France Part Three: Aix En Provence and Châteauneuf-du-Pape

aix en provence view

The next stop on our road trip through France was through to the quaintest city I’ve ever experienced. Only there for a night, we quickly made the most of wandering through the cobbled streets, stopping on a stretch of restaurants and street music for an apero before dinner.

Since we’d enjoyed a few too many restaurants over the past few days we decided to make the most of cooking in our well-stocked air-bnb. Filling our baskets up at the local grocery store we dined on a blue cheese and walnut ravioli with parmesan, teamed with a glass of red wine that we picked up at Chateau d’Esclans it was the perfect way to settle in for the night.

 

best airbnb aix en provence

{Our Air Bnb in Aix-En-Provence}

The plan du jour involved exploring as much as we could by foot before heading out the next day for wine tasting our way through the Provence region.

Breakfast at Maison Weibel was a spread of quiche, croissants, porridge and more. Situated in a gorgeous and bustling market square, this patisserie is filled with the most beautiful sweet delights you could feast your eyes on.

maison weibel breakfast

Because we had to head out for our wine tasting in the afternoon our time here was short. We wandered the Cours Mirabeau and explored the town hall square (stunning architecture featuring a 16th century clocktower). It’s definitely worth stopping by to explore the Aix Cathedral – an impressive gothic, neo-gothic structure.

aix en provence

One of my favourite findings as we wandered through was a gorgeous centre-piece fountain cooling a bucket of rosé. If that’s not quintessentially Provence I don’t know what is!

We stopped for a quick light, lunch for…you guessed it…wine and cheese! At La Fromagerie Du Passage. A Cave of wine and cheese that ultimately I could have retired in. My favourite thing of all was the truffle honey.

la fromagerie du passage

Next up we hit the road and made our way to Avignon to hitch a ride to our Provence Cru, half a day wine tour. Led by the wonderfully patient and knowledgable, Guillaume we headed off to visit vineyards of Vacqueyras, Gigondas, and Chateauneuf du Pape. The other tour members couldn’t make it so we ended up a private session! Within minutes of meeting Guillaume he was taking us through the history of the region, the politics of wine making and of course, the processes.

wine tasting in provence{The first stop on our wine tour}

chateauneuf du pape wine

Upon reaching Châteauneuf-du-Pape I was in awe of the sheer beauty of the landscape. We visited a couple of stores in the area to learn more about their vineyards and pick up a gift for Stuart’s mum. Our last stop at the castle ruins itself, the view was spectacular. As the day drew to an end we finished the wine tour at what was possibly the most special experience I’ve ever had. I won’t spoil the surprise for you, but will say that it’s totally worth booking this tour if you’re in the region.

chateauneuf du pape view

Have you been to Provence? What was your favourite part?

Follow:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *