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Click here to read what my clients said about this tour Our two Provence tours in 2018  took place under largely blue skies, with the exception of a couple of days in June of unseasonable rain.  On both tours we gained agreat insight into the wines and cuisine of this beautiful area, the quality of…(Read More)

From Pink to Red


A glorious day of non stop sunshine was forecast for our trip to Bandol, and it was spot on. Bandol is regarded as being one of the best red wine producing areas in the whole of Provence, characterised by the use of the Mourvèdre grape which thrives on the particular terrain of both rich…(Read More)

More than Pink


The sun started to shine a little bit on Friday as we devoted the day to the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence AOP. Our first visit was to the stunning Villa Baulieu – just a twenty drive north west of Aix. Situated in an extinct volcano crater, this beautiful property has been completely renovated and the…(Read More)

In the Pink


Fliss, Tim’s wife is writing today’s blog. Every local we meet says “this weather is very unusual”, and as an absence of photos with blue skies and people wearing sunglasses attests, we are braving some decidedly English weather at the moment.  Luckily the forecast for Friday and Saturday looks much better. At Mirabeau…(Read More)

A second intrepid group have headed out to Aix, to explore this fabulous region.   Despite some showers, we headed out to l’Opéra restaurant again, for another night of innovative Provençal cuisine, and delicious wine.  A similar menu to our meal back in April, but a new dish added some extra excitement. &nbsp…(Read More)

Our day in Bandol


The town of Bandol is on the coast, but the appellation name derives from its role as the exporting point, rather than where the vineyards are.  The vineyards are slightly inland and we learnt the fascinating story of the setting up of the appellation from Richard de Wahl Rubin, who Domaines Bunan had asked to…(Read More)

An hour or so’s coach ride towards the coast between Cannes and St Tropez brought us to Chateau d’Esclans.  Sacha Lichine, a scion of the family who own (among other properties) Chateau Prieure Lichine in Bordeaux, identified in 2006 that there was a role for Provence in the growing interest in the USA…(Read More)

Our first full day of visits and tastings gave us a wonderful view of the region.  The sun shone in an azure blue sky, and our drive north west of Aix took us through increasingly lovely scenery. We arrived at Chateau Beaulieu at 10am, and were greeted by Emmanuel, the manager of the hotel which…(Read More)

Everyone was ready at 7.15pm to walk to l’Opéra restaurant, a few minutes through bustling Aix.  Most of us had flown out on the Heathrow flight and Tim had laid on coaches to take us from Marseille to Aix.  The weather is glorious, the scenery spectacular, and as always, many old friendships…(Read More)

It’s taken a while but I’ve finally managed to write this blog about the reconnaissance trip I made in October for my 2018 Provence wine tours. Decades of TV series have educated us on how stunning the landscape is. Forests, hills, picturesque villages and beautiful manicured and more rustic vineyards – it is the…(Read More)