Wine and gastronomy
The left and right banks of the Durance make the perfect complement to a weekend of luxury and art de vivre. Two well-known wine estates have created a universe in celebration of wine. At one you can expect land art and contemporary art; at the other, gardens inspired by Tuscany. In Puy-Ste-Réparade, Château La Coste is a winning combination of art and nature. In Pertuis, Château Val Joanis invites you to stroll around its vast grounds lush with fruit trees, olive groves and vines. A journey for all five senses!
Château La Coste: art and architecture amidst the vines
Château La Coste 2750 route De la Cride 13610 Le Puy Sainte Réparade
Begin your morning with an art and architecture trail at the heart of a vineyard in Puy-Sainte-Réparade. Take the time to visit Château La Coste which has united the art of wine making and the fine arts since 2004. The 90-minute tour through woods, olive groves and vines takes you past installations by internationally renowned contemporary artists and architects who were invited to pick the location of their works.– Of course, the talented oenologist Matthieu Cosse is on hand with his insightful commentary to guide you through a tasting of wines from the estate.
Fresh and seasonal cuisine at Château La Coste
Centre d'art Tadao Ando - Château La Coste 2750 route De la Cride 13610 Le Puy Sainte Réparade
For an extra treat, why not stay for lunch? If you were impressed by the soothing atmosphere in the art centre designed by Tadao Endo, then find a table to experience this innovative concept even longer.– The restaurant has its own kitchen garden (designed by the landscape artist Louis Benech) that grows vegetables for the kitchen. You can tuck into small plates inspired by the Mediterranean and the seasons all day, every day. Simply choose where you'd like to sit, on the water's edge or on the terrace!
Pertuis: tour and tasting at Château Val Joanis
Château Val Joanis D973 2404 route De Villelaure 84120 Pertuis
Spend the afternoon at Château Val Joanis, set on the site of an ancient Roman villa. Spread over 400 hectares, the estate includes a 'remarkable' terraced garden inspired by gardens from the 18th century. A traditional kitchen garden shares the grounds with an impressive collection of rose bushes, fruit trees and an array of Mediterranean plants. The estate produces AOP Luberon reds, whites and rosé to try on site. Happy tasting!
- Getting to taste Provençal wines and discover works by international artists on the same site
- Combining tasting fine vintages with visits to outstanding places
- Meeting talented artisans who raise Provençal art de vivre to new heights
The best time to visit
- Spring and summer when the weather is good enough to explore the outdoor spaces and the works on show
- In summer when films are screened amongst the vines
Wine and gastronomy
Le Puy Sainte Réparade, Pertuis
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