Cassis, the wine route
Wine and gastronomy
Discover Cassis as you never have before through the great wine estates that have earned the village such an excellent reputation. First stop, Ferme Blanche (AOC Cassis) and the highly rated Domaine Paternel (organic wines) where you can see the fabulous terroir with its extremely rich soil for yourself. After stopping for a fine dining experience at La Villa Madie, get back onto the wine route to meet other passionate producers. Domaine du Bagnol and Clos Sainte Magdeleine both welcome visitors into their wine cellars.
A family day out at Ferme Blanche
Domaine de la Ferme Blanche Rd 559 13260 Cassis
Start your day on Provence's wine route by heading to Ferme Blanche. 'White farm' is run by the Paret family who have championed new technology but not at the expense of the exceptional land. This estate has largely earned a name thanks to its white wines made from the Marsanne grape and its AOC Cassis which you'll be invited to try in the tasting cellar.
Domaine du Paternel, a prestigious name in Cassis
Domaine du Paternel 11 route Pierre Imbert 13260 Cassis
Continue onwards along the wine route to reach Domaine Paternel where the Santini family has produced exceptional wine over three generations. The vineyard is spread over 50 hectares inside Calanques National Park. The Paternel estate has moved with the times and offered organically certified wines since 2012. Visitors can take a 45-minute guided tour followed by wine tasting. Wines are picked from two different estates, Paternel and Couronne de Charlemagne.
Fine dining with sea views at La Villa Madie
La Villa Madie Anse du Corton Avenue Du Revestel 13260 Cassis
Make lunch special by heading to La Villa Madie where you will be carefully looked after by head chef Dimitri Droisneau (2 Michelin stars under his belt). Before you've even tasted the exquisite food, you'll be blown away by the breath-taking view of the sea and the pine trees towering over Corton Cove. The cuisine is refined and creative made with fresh, local ingredients. On a tighter budget? Head upstairs to its sister restaurant La Petite Cuisine. A real festival of flavours.
Organic AOC Cassis at Domaine du Bagnol
Domaine du Bagnol 12 avenue De Provence 13260 Cassis
Get back behind the wheel and follow the wine route until you arrive at Domaine du Bagnol (Organic AOC Cassis). As its quite close to the centre, you can also get there on foot from Cap Canaille. A long-standing producer of wine in Cassis and much appreciated by connoisseurs, the estate covers 14.5 hectares of clay-limestone soil. The winery produces about 45,000 bottles of white each year compared to 41,000 bottles of rosé. A one-hour tour from the vineyard to the tasting cellar is available.
Clos Sainte-Magdeleine, from Rome to Greece
Clos Sainte Magdeleine Avenue Du Revestel 13260 Cassis
Clos Sainte-Magdeleine which affords stunning views of the cliff faces of Cap Canaille is the final destination on your Provençal wine route. Set right on the coast in the Calanques National Park, this estate has been run by the Zafiropulo family since 1920 and produces organically certified and AOC Cassis wines. The family property is open to visitors from April to September. Tour the vineyard and cellars and then finish with a wine tasting.
- Exploring Cassis' calanques from the sea on a boat trip
- Taking a guided tour of Cassis to learn all about the history of its port, castle, communal oven and old houses around the village
- Enjoying a sunset stroll around the lovely little port of Cassis
- Getting to learn all about the Cassis appellation, from the vines to the bottle
The best time to visit
- Late August to early September to time your trip with the harvests, an essential stage of the wine-making process
- Early September to meet craftspeople and designers at the Cassis pottery market (in front of the town hall)
- Late September to attend the 'Vendanges étoilées', three days dedicated to fine food and AOC Cassis wines
Wine and gastronomy
All year round
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