Join us for a week in exploring the wines and geology from Côte Rôtie to the Sea. From the French food and wine capital Lyon we head south through 400 million year old metamorphic terrain of the steep northern Rhône vineyards of Côte Rôtie - the “roasted slope”.
From there we continue down river into Hermitage, Gigondas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the Côtes du Rhône, Ventoux and Luberon to Aix-en-Provence, and ending along the coast at Cassis and Bandol. We will make a picnic stop at Mont Sainte-Victoire, the mountain made famous by Cezanne and is itself a spectacular example of how limestone strata become folded and contorted where continents collide.
Throughout this excursion the geology is as varied and complex as the wines are themselves. We will visit great vineyards and meet their winemakers all the while learning what makes each of these places special and unique.
A professional driver and comfortable bus will transport us from start to finish so there is no need to worry about driving once you get there.