My Week in Provence (in Photos)

I am sitting here in my hotel room in Aix-en-Provence as my press trip to the South of France, sponsored by the wonderful people at Vins de Provence, has now come to a close. I am spending another day here, traveling down to Marseille this afternoon to meet with a friend, but as I pore over my photos, it is clear that it has been quite a week.

Before I run off to catch the train, I thought I would share a few of them (with many more posts to follow).

We started in the Eastern part of Provence with an overview of the different appellations at the Rosé Research Center in Vidauban.

We started in the Eastern part of Provence with an overview of the different appellations at the Rosé Research Center in Vidauban.


Then it was off to a picnic lunch and tasting at Château Thuerry.

Then it was off to a picnic lunch and tasting at Château Thuerry.


At Château Theurry.

At Château Theurry.


A walk through the charming medieval village of les Arcs.

A walk through the charming medieval village of les Arcs.


An evening tasting at Château du Rouet.

An evening tasting at Château du Rouet.


A morning boat ride took us to the legendary Saint Tropez for the final boat race of the season.

A morning boat ride took us to the legendary Saint Tropez for the final boat race of the season.


And a stroll through the old part of town, including the fish market.

And a stroll through the old part of town, including the fish market.


We were then whisked off to Domaine de la Croix.

We were then whisked off to Domaine de la Croix.


The afternoon was marked by two of my favorite tastings: Château Malherbe...

The afternoon was marked by two of my favorite tastings: Château Malherbe, known for their agreeable whites…


...and Clos Cibonne where we tasted some of our first aged rosés.

…and Clos Cibonne where we tasted some fantastic aged rosés.


The following morning started with a trip to the impressive Château de l'Escarelle.

The following morning started with a trip to the impressive Château de l’Escarelle.


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Followed by the gorgeous Château Margüi.


Maybe my favorite white of the trip: Château Margüi.

Maybe my favorite white of the trip: Château Margüi.


At Chateau Henri Bonnard, I was apparently missing the more popular view....

At Chateau Henri Bonnard, I was apparently missing the more popular view….


The last tasting was certainly memorable: a vertical tasting of rosé from 1996 to 2015 at Château Bas.

The last tasting was certainly memorable: a vertical tasting of rosé from 1996 to 2015 at Château Bas.

I am just scratching the surface of all the experiences over the course of the week, which I will result in more elaborate future posts. For now, though, I bid Provence adieu.

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About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Philadelphia with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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12 Responses to My Week in Provence (in Photos)

  1. Duff's Wines says:

    #jealous. Love the wines of Provence and the area, particularly in the shoulder season when many of the tourists have buggered off.

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  2. Lucky thing and the weather has been perfect! (Just down the road at Narbonne)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Great pics – you captured Provence nicely. I like the idea of a Rose research centre, that’s a new one on me,

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  4. NK says:

    Beautiful pics. I wish I loved Provençal rosés but I just don’t. I appreciate them. Just not my fav thing to drink. I do love Aix, though, and wish I’d known you were going sooner. Would’ve made you get a cheap slice of amazing pizza at my fav little spot. Next time!

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  5. Sounds like a sweet gig! My family is from Provence. Your pics make me feel like I’m there!

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