Aix-en-Provence, wine and gastronomy – exploring the Durance

Art of living - Wine and gastronomy

Aix-en-Provence is a city of art, a city surrounded by the sea and salt-water lagoons, but it is also a city shaped by the land. Its vineyards, olive oil and local specialities are all a testament to this. Discover the secret to chocolate-making at Chocolaterie Puyricard and head off to meet passionate winegrowers. The terrace at La Flambée du Lubéron on the banks of the Durance will make a perfect spot for lunch! Make sure you don't miss Château Paradis in Puy-Sainte-Réparade before setting off to Jouques where you'll get to visit three exceptional estates (Château Revelette, Domaine la Chapelle Saint-Bacchi and Domaine Villemus) which all promote organic wine production.

Sugar-coated fun at Puyricard

Chocolaterie de Puyricard Quartier Maliverny Avenue Georges de Fabry 13540 Aix en Provence

To kick start your day in Aix-en-Provence, let the sweet aromas of cocoa tickle your nose. Chocolaterie de Puyricard will show you their artisanal method for making chocolate which they've followed for 40 years and their hundreds of different recipes. After a tour of the kitchens, it's time to taste the chocolate. Something for the sweet tooths!

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Heavenly wine at Château Paradis

Château Paradis Quartier Paradis 2900 chemin Du Pommier 13610 Le Puy Sainte Réparade

Next it's time to hit Provence's wine route and head to Château Paradis, endorsed by the Vignobles & Découvertes quality label. The 75-hectare estate has been pouring out quality wine for the past fifty years. Regarding grape varieties, you'll find Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache Noir among the reds and Vermentino and Clairette among the whites.

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An unforgettable meal at La Flambée du Lubéron

La Flambée du Luberon. 6 rue De la Reille 13770 Venelles

For lunch, we recommend you find a table at La Flambée du Lubéron. The chef concocts regional dishes made with home-grown organic produce. Wash your meal down with local wines produced at the Château L'Evesque estate. The panoramic view from the terrace overlooking the Durance is a magical sight you won't forget. If you go there in winter, you can dine inside beside the crackling log fire. A restaurant that comes with the endorsement of the Bottin Gourmand guide.

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Organic fine wines at Château Revelette

Château Revelette 620 Chemin de Revelette 13490 Jouques

Continue your wine tour at Château Revelette, an estate in the shadow of Mount Sainte-Victoire surrounded by forests. The wine produced here is authentic thanks to the carefully tended vines fed with sheep manure and trace minerals (Ecocert certified). In all, 11 grape varieties are grown, at between 300 and 400 metres altitude, certified by the Côteaux d'Aix-en-Provence appellation. Highly recommended!

Vines and olives at Chapelle Saint-Bacchi

Domaine La chapelle Saint Bacchi D561 13490 Jouques

Get back on the road in the direction of a small estate, Chapelle Saint-Bacchi, well off the tourist trail. The winery has seven hectares of vines, within the Côteaux d'Aix-en-Provence appellation, benefiting from the generous sunshine and rich soil in these parts. The wine is produced in accordance with organic farming practices and sulphites are used sparingly. Christian Valensisi also tends to 1,600 olive trees. The place is worth a detour alone for its chapel and gardens.

Almond trees and vintage wines at Domaine Villemus

Domaine de Villemus Plateau de Bedes Rd 11 13490 Jouques

Wrap up your wine tour at Domaine Villemus for a fascinating visit you simply cannot miss. Learn all about how the estate practices organic methods to farm vines, olive trees and almond trees while you get to admire the diverse Provençal countryside, from Sainte-Victoire to Concors. After a tour of the crops, you'll be shown around the cellars and the oil mill before tasting a selection of vintages. There is even a gîte with its own private pool on site if you choose to spend the night.

Can't-miss experiences

  • Sampling the delicious calisson, a sweet speciality of Aix-en-Provence
  • Walking in the footsteps of a knight in the medieval city of Trets
  • Enjoying a relaxing family day out around Peyrolles Lake

We love

  • Admiring the clear views from the top of Mount Sainte
    -Victoire- Seeing for yourself the places in Aix-en-Provence that so inspired Cézanne and Vasarely

The best time to visit

  • In summer to attend the Music en Vignes festival at Château Paradis
  • Mid-September for the St. Michael's festival in Puy-Sainte-Réparade (floats, performances and DJ)
  • Winter for the famous '13 desserts' market and the olive oil festival
  • Theme

    Art of living, Wine and gastronomy

  • Duration

    1 day

  • Transport means

    Personal vehicle

  • Visited cities

    Aix en Provence, Le Puy Sainte Réparade, Jouques

  • Ideal for

    All year round

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