La Trévaresse, abbey and vineyards

Off the beaten tracks - Wine and gastronomy

The hills of La Trévaresse are an ideal destination for getting to know Bouches-du-Rhône, from its sacred heritage to its sacred vineyards. After tasting honey produced at Rucher Salonais, head to La Roque d’Anthéron where you can visit Silvacane Abbey and Sainte-Anne de Goiron Chapel. Stop for lunch at Mas de Jossyl and then walk it off around Beaulieu and Rognes châteaux. Château de Calavon is along the wine route and is well worth a detour before you visit picturesque Lambesc and end the day at the sumptuous Château de Beaupré.

La Roque d'Anthéron: Sainte-Anne de Goiron Chapel

Route de Sainte Anne 13640 La Roque-d'Anthéron

La Roque d'Anthéron is also home to another pilgrimage destination, the rather well hidden Sainte-Anne de Goiron Chapel built by hermits in the 11th century. Peasants would go to the church to pray for water to feed their crops. It was restored in the 14th century but its Romanesque architecture has been carefully preserved. Must sees: its triangular bell tower and ancient tombs dug directly into the stone.

Lambesc: Château de Calavon on the wine route

12 Avenue de Badonviller 13410 Lambesc

Continue your tour by heading to Lambesc, an essential stopping point on the Provençal wine route. Here you'll find Château de Calavon, a property that has been in the Audibert family for five generations. Visit the wine cellar and the shop in the village centre to get better acquainted with the wines produced on the estate. All AOP Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence certified and organic, the red, rosé and white wines all have real personality. The site is accessible for people with reduced mobility and tasting is free for non-trade visitors.

Saint-Cannat: get in the mood for jazz at Château de Beaupré

D7n Château de Beaupré 13760 Saint-Cannat

To wrap up your day, head to a Provençal country house built in the 18th century that was turned into a vineyard in the 19th century. Château de Beaupré has 43 hectares of vines on its property all organically farmed. This splendid estate with its distinctive dolphin fountains also hosts a jazz festival and a fine-dining event once a year. At the site shop, La Baronne Double, you'll find a selection of wines and other gourmet products, from tapenades to jams, plus pottery

Can't-miss experiences

  • Treating yourself to some honey and taking flavours of Provence home with you
  • Tasting organic wine made on exceptional volcanic terroir

We love

  • Looking out over the Trévaresse hills, set between wild countryside and the Durance
  • Immersing yourself in typical Provençal villages replete with stone houses, gardens and fountains

The best time to visit

  • In summer to attend the international piano festival in La Roque d’Anthéron
  • In spring to admire the beautiful blooms in Lambesc
  • Theme

    Off the beaten tracks, Wine and gastronomy

  • Duration

    1 day

  • Transport means

    Personal vehicle

  • Visited cities

  • Ideal for

    All year round

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