I’m writing this post as I’m sipping on the last bottle of pink bought in France. I’ve never really been a fan of Rosé, but after a day trip to the wine lands of Provence, and a few tastings later I had a change of heart! During our 7-day trip to the French Riviera, we decided to take an entire day to explore the Provence/Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Best known for its rolling hills and wine farms. Have a look at our three must visit Wine farms of Côtes de Provence
We won’t label ourselves as wine experts, but we are experts in drinking wine and love spending a day driving around tasting wine like we used to do back in South Africa. We randomly chose an area (around La Motte) which turned out to be home of a few great vineyards. We drove through the town of La Motte and even though we did not stop, I would strongly suggest visitors to spend an hour or two here.
1. Domaine de Merchandise
Our fist stop was Domaine de Merchandise, a boutique wine farm about 10 minutes drive from Le Muy. With only two wines for sale, they definitely focus more on quality than quantity and we drove away with two bottles of red for our collection.
This ruby-red has a complex nose with red fruits, spicy notes of pepper, roasted cocoa and violet. We are saving this one for Christmas eve to accompany our slow roasted leg of lamb.
For more information visit their website.
2. Chateau Rêva
Chateau Rêva is the perfect stop to top up your easy drinking wines, especially rosé. A picturesque lane takes you to the majestic Bastide dating back to the 18th century, set against 32 hectare of rolling vineyards.
The colours of early fall adorned the farm, with dense wall climbers covering the outbuildings and tasting room.
Chateau Rêva offers a great selection of wines in an affordable price range, and we left with more than half of the quota of wines we could take back to Dubai. Needless to say, the wine did not last very long as for survival of the summer days in Dubai we required copious amounts of this refreshing Rêva Harmony.
Our Favourite Rosé: Harmony Rosé – 2015
Our Favourite Red: Cuvée R Red – 2014 (this we will be aging for a while!)
3. Chateau Saint Rosaline
We finished our day at Chateau Saint Rosaline, strolling along shaded lanes and peaceful surroundings. This was the biggest Chateau for the day offering breathtaking views, lush green gardens and an impressive selection of wines.
The wine we bought here went straight to our deep storage and will probably be opened only for special occasions.
Favourite Red: Cuvée Prieure – Cru Classe – 2012
Visitors tip: visit The Parish Chapel of Saint Rosaline. It is a classified historical Monument a renowned place of worship. The revered Saint in her priestly robes can be seen in her final resting place inside its crystal reliquary.