Wineries

Provence spans more than 20 wine appellations, from coastal Bandol and Cassis to the catchall Côtes de Provence to the Southern Rhône, with hundreds of wineries. Some have tasting rooms with regular hours and offer tours; others are open to the public in season only or by appointment. We offer in these listings a small selection for a weeklong road trip. We suggest an itinerary that begins in Marseille, then moves north to the cultivated town of the Alpilles, the wild Lubéron and the the vast landscape around Mont Ventoux, in striking distance of the Rhône's great wine-producing villages. At every step of the way, you'll be in delicious wine country that transforms from white and rosé to richer, deeper reds as you head north.

Please note that prices, hours of operation and wine availability can often change, and we recommend that you call ahead before you go. Click each winery's name for a more detailed listing, with photo, in our Winery Search.

Domaine de la Citadelle Ménerbes
Route de Cavaillon
Ménerbes, 84560
Telephone: (33) 4-90-72-41-58
Website: www.domaine-citadelle.com
Open: September to June: daily, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; July and August: daily, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tasting Fee: Free

Yves Rousset-Rouard, a former film producer (1974's Emmanuelle) and the current mayor of Ménerbes, created this Lubéron estate in 1990. He has since restored an old farmhouse and expanded vineyard holdings to turn out winning red, white and rosé wines. A modern tasting room spills onto a shaded terrace in the vines. Visits include a trip to the barrel room and tastes from a range of 10 wines. Don't miss Rousset-Rouard's expertly curated and displayed collection of 1,200 corkscrews, crafted from the 17th century onward. There's an entrance fee of $6 for the Corkscrew Museum.

Clos Ste.-Magdeleine
Avenue du Revestel
Cassis, 136260
Telephone: (33) 4-42-01-70-28
Website: www.clossaintemagdeleine.fr
Open: Daily, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tasting Fee: $19

This may be the most beautiful vineyard setting anywhere, with vines perched atop cliffs that drop into the Mediterranean, all just a short stroll from Cassis' picturesque ancient fishing port, now lined with restaurants and cafés. The Sack family, whose organically farmed estate is partly in the Calanques National Park, makes crisp Cassis whites and rosé. A 45-minute tour wends through cellars, gardens and vineyards that feature stunning views, and finishes with a tasting, where visitors may choose two wines among the estate's two whites and one rosé.

Château Romanin
Route de Cavaillon
St.-Rémy-de-Provence, 13210
Telephone: (33) 4-90-92-45-87
Website: www.romanin.com
Open: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tasting Fee: $10 - $21

A stunner of a modern estate, Château Romanin was created in the late 1980s by Les Baux's star hotelier and chef Jean-André Charial with an eye toward biodynamic growing principles. The estate fell on hard times after the death of the main investor. In 2006 it was bought by Jean-Louis and Anne-Marie Charmolue (former owners of Bordeaux's Château Montrose), who are breathing new life into the property. Earlier this year, they renovated the winery and tasting rooms, which are carved into a foothill of the Alpilles. Cellar tours include tastes of three to five wines. Visitors may hike a 40-minute trail through the vineyards for free.

Château de St.-Cosme
La Fouille et les Florets
Gigondas, 84190
Telephone: (33) 4-90-65-80-80
Website: www.saintcosme.com
Open: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; tours by appointment

Tasting Fee: Free

If you love Southern Rhône wines, don't miss a visit to Gigondas' oldest estate, presided over by the appellation's maestro, Louis Barruol. His ancestors took over St.-Cosme in the 15th century. Do yourself a favor and make an appointment for a tour (days to weeks in advance), during which Barruol or one of his staff will guide you through vineyards that are up to 120 years old and take you through his labyrinthine cellars that still hold vestiges of Roman-era stone fermentation pits. Follow with a tasting of some of Gigondas' best terroirs in the form of six estate reds and one white.

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