Alpilles on the wine route
Wine and gastronomy
If you're visiting the Alpilles, then take advantage of the opportunity to travel the Provençal wine route. Go out to meet passionate winegrowers and their exceptional, often organic, wines. You'll get to try artisanal jams in Maussane before venturing onwards to Mas de Gourgonnier in the Baux-de-Provence appellation. Next, head to Domaine de Vallongue and its broken stones (IGP Alpilles). Le Lézard Gourmand will make a refreshing change for lunch before an afternoon spent at Domaine Valdition with its gourmet on-site shop.
A sweet encounter with the Camous
André et Martine Camous Pointe Cocagne Chemin de Compostelle 13520 Maussane les Alpilles
Your day begins with a visit to an artisanal boutique run by André and Martine Camous where they transform produce such as strawberries and green tomatoes into delicious jams. You'll get to learn their production secrets and see them at work around traditional cauldrons. After tasting a selection of delicious jams for your breakfast, take the D78 in the direction of Eygalières to Destet.
Wine and olives at Mas de Gourgonnier
Mas de Gourgonnier Le Destet 13890 Mouriès
Mas de Gourgonnier is a typical Provençal farmstead from the 18th century which sits on the Destet plateau. Wine has been produced there for over 50 years and the Cartier family are proud of their AOP Baux-de-Provence. The 45 hectares of vines (limited yield) and the20 hectares of olive trees are farmed in accordance with the principles of organic farming. Before you head off with Provençal products purchased on the estate, make sure you catch the fantastic unspoilt views of the eastern Alpilles mountains.
Grapes on broken stones at Domaine de Vallongue
Domaine de la Vallongue Route de Mouriès D24 13810 Eygalières
Now follow the D24 to reach Eygalières. There you'll find Domaine de Vallongue, south of the Alpilles mountains. This estate, set over 38 hectares of land with its characteristic broken stones and spicy soil, has grown vines organically since 1985. On soil that's like no other, a mix of undergrowth and pebbles, Monsieur Latouche has developed grape varieties that have adapted even more to the earth at Vallongue. Make sure you taste the AOP Baux-de-Provence and IGP Alpilles wines and the olive oils, pure or blended on the estate.
A fancy lunch at Le Lézard Gourmand
Le Lézard Gourmand Route d'Orgon 765 chemin De Pestelade 13810 Eygalières
For lunch, we recommend you stop at Le Lézard Gourmand set in the Bastide d'Eygalières Hotel in the heart of the Alpilles mountains. The view of pretty blue shutters, the pool and the flowering garden from the outside terrace set off the meal nicely. The lunch menu is simple and made mostly from local, organic produce. You can order an excellent mixed salad or they have a fixed-price menu, catering to vegetarians on request.
A touch of elegance at Domaine Valdition
Domaine de Valdition Route D'Eygalières 13660 Orgon
Follow the Route d'Eygalières and you'll come to an elegant estate with a traditional country house surrounded by tall, sturdy trees. Domaine Valdition is a 90-hectare estate growing 10 different grape varieties and producing wines in the Pays des Alpilles appellation. Supple and high quality, their wines which are aged in vaulted cellars bear the IGP Alpilles or AOP Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence stamps. At the end of your visit, pop by the on-site gift shop to browse its selection of wines, Vallée des Baux-de-Provence olive oil and Provençal home decorations.
A premium cellar at Vallon des Glauges
Domaine Vallon des Glauges D17 Voie d'Aureille 13430 Eyguières
To bring your day in the Alpilles on the Provençal wine route to a close, return onto the Route d'Eyguières until you reach Domaine du Vallon des Glauges, at the foot of Mont Menu. Out of the estate's 72 hectares, 45 are dedicated to growing vines using integrated farming with manual and mechanical harvests. Their selection of reds, whites and rosés from the AOC Côteaux d'Aix-en-Provence and IGP Alpilles are worth checking out!
- Admiring the magnificent scenery of the Alpilles mountains, from olive groves to poppy fields and old farm houses with green shutters, as you taste the specialities of the region
- Stopping your car along the road between Eygalière and Orgon just long enough to snap the picture-postcard scenery
- Stepping into a painting by Cézanne or Van Gogh as you explore the Alpilles on foot or by mountain bike
- Bringing back gifts made in Provence to devour with friends
The best time to visit
- June-September to take guided tours around the blossoming vines
- Late September-early October to take part in the votive celebrations in Saint-Rémy with abrivado (bull-running), gun salutes and Course Camarguaise (bullfighting events) in the town centre
Wine and gastronomy
Maussane les Alpilles, Mouriès, Eygalières, Eyguières, Orgon, Saint Rémy de Provence
All year round
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