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

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

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

Avenue Du Revestel Anse du Corton 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

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

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.

Can't-miss experiences

  • 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

We love

  • 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
  • Theme

    Wine and gastronomy

  • Duration

    1 day

  • Transport means

    Personal vehicle

  • Visited cities

  • Ideal for

    All year round

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Essential Cassis

In a day, capture the essence of Cassis by taking a guided tour around the Provençal fishing village and visiting its museum. Potter around the boutiques and craft shops in the centre before finding a table on a terrace overlooking the sea. Cassis is especially proud of Calanques National Park, which you can explore on foot or by boat. Conclude your visit by meeting one or two Cassis wine producers. Less than an hour from the Marseille terminal, Cassis is also an essential destination for cruise tourists.

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