Sainte Cécile les Vignes

Sainte Cécile les Vignes is a pretty little village, which  as its name suggests, is one of the most important Côtes du Rhône wine-making areas. Acres and acres of vineyards surround Sainte Cécile right up to the center of the village, where the large Saint Cécilia co-operative  marks the en…

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Beaumes de Venise

This is a market town, a little larger and busier than its surrounding wine producing neighbors. The main square is dominated by a 16th Century church and lined by shops and cafes. Narrow streets and village houses follow the contours of the hills that rise up from the village center all the way up to th…

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Seguret

Sablet’s closest neighbor, Seguret is a comfortable walk through the vineyards.  Medieval Seguret is a village perche, carved into the rocky hllside above the River Ouveze. Classifieded as one of the most beautiful villages in France, its cobblestone streets wind up between the ancient…

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Roaix

Roaix, one of Provence’s perched villages, with its houses clinging to the hillside produces quality wines which match the character of the the village.  Roaix is the village with the  smallest wine-growing area to have obtained the “Côte du Rhône Village” appellation.…

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Rasteau

Rasteau is a village of Upper Vaucluse wine-growers. The houses spread out at the foot of a beautiful 12th century Romanesque church, and the ruins of a 12th century château overlook the village. The large  square shaded by plane trees is  right in the heart of the village. From this square, it…

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Cairanne

This Côtes du Rhone  village which was once a garrison settlement for the Knights’ Templar, and after 1312 became a base for the Knights Hospitallars, produces a rich red wine that is full-bodied and fruity, with a smooth finish. The village has two quite distinct parts – the old vill…

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Vacqueyras

The old village lies within fortifications which date back to the 11th and 12th Centuries. There have also been artifacts found that date back to Roman times. Built on a hill, it is close to Mont Ventoux, at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, like Sablet it is at the centre of the tourist triangle f…

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Gigondas

This charming and picturesque little village is at the base of the Dentelles de Montmirail. A number of hiking trails lead from the village to the Dentelles.  The main square and commercial area is lined with plane trees, under which one can enjoy a great Provencal meal or a snack.   Amongst the ru…

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Chateauneuf du Pape

The first vines were planted in this area in the 14th Century by the Popes of Avignon.  Pope John XVII, one of these popes built a Summer residence on the summit of the village – hence the name, Chateauneuf du Pape (Newcastle of the Pope).  During the religious wars (circa 1562) the chateau was…

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