It would be a shame to visit Provence and not check out at least a vineyard or two (if you’re a fan of wine or just interested in how it’s made, that is). You can’t go wrong by paying at least a short visit to a Les Vignerons du Mont Saint-Victoire, a winery in Provence; France is the capital of the wine world after all! Wine making grapes have been cultivated in the region since as early as the Roman era.
Although wine critics often argue that the red wine from Provence easily rivals that of Bordeaux, the region is predominantly known for its’ rosé varieties. Varieties of wine that hail from the region include the ever popular Côtes de Provence (for future reference, this is my go-to wine of choice if you ever fancy buying me a glass…), AOC and Voteaux d’Aix-en-Provence.
Les Vignerons du Mont Sainte-Victoire
Famously depicted in a whole series of paintings by Aix-en-Provence born artist Paul Cézanne (today you can visit his grave in the Aix-en-Provence cemetery), Mont Sainte-Victoire is a beautiful mountain ridge that’s popular with hikers and cyclists alike.
To give you an idea of how picturesque the region is, Picasso, too, was such a fan of the mountain, that he bought himself a Château in its’ foothills. The mountain also happens to be home to Les Vignerons du Mont Saint-Victoire, a winery located at the base of the massif.
Having never visited the South of France as an adult, I was incredibly excited to experience my first wine tasting opportunity. Buying at the winery itself is often cheaper than buying in the supermarket as you are buying directly from the producer and ‘cutting out the middle man‘, as it were.
Also note that ‘try before you buy‘ is the motto of most wineries in the region, so if you’re looking to buy some wine, you won’t go home and open a bottle of disappointment.
Self Guided Vineyard Tour
What makes a visit to wineries so special, is the chance to see the grapes growing on the vine. From the winery, you can take a self-guided tour through the vineyards and see the grapes themselves (maps are available in the winery itself).
Directions to LES VIGNERONS DU MONT SAINT-VICTOIRE:
Although a car is preferable when visiting the region, many places can still be visited by bus (especially handy if you’d like to try out some of the local wines). From Aix-en-Provence, there are regular buses to the foothills of Mont Saint Victoire.
The L100 bus goes directly to Puyloubier, where you’ll see the vineyard about 5 minutes walk from the outside of town. The address is 63 Avenue d’Aix, 13114 Puyloubier.