Wine Routes/Wine Tourism
Vineyards in the Vaucluse and the Drôme
Welcome to the heart of the Rhône Valley wine country. When you stay at our hotel in Sérignan-du-Comtat, you’ll be able to discover the cooperative winery of the Coteaux du Rhône and the great wine-making estates that will give you a great appreciation of our region’s wines. The natural surroundings of the vineyards that surround our medieval village help to create a wide range of very characteristic wines.
To discover the Rhône Valley wine country, you can follow several tourist routes. Nearby is the Dentelles de Montmirail wine route. This wine route stretches out around the Dentelles de Montmirail, the magnificent mountains overlooking the Côtes du Rhône vineyards. From the Dentelles de Montmirail to the large stretches of vineyards that stretch out to Valréas across a terroir of clay and alluvial soils, this wine route is dotted with delightful stops in the form of cellars and wineries at the heart of villages. It’s this region that gives the southern Côtes du Rhône some of its most illustrious and world-renowned stars, including Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de-Venise, Sablet, Séguret, and Rasteau.
The AOC du Ventoux route is located between Apt and Malaucène. The vineyards are located principally on the limestone slopes of Mont Ventoux and the Vaucluse plateau. The Côtes du Ventoux appellation produces robust, tannic wines.
Along the Côtes du Rhône route, the vineyards surrounding Châteauneuf-du-Pape (the first AOC created in France) is the crown jewel of winemaking in the southern Rhône Valley, and one of France’s greatest vintages. In the 14th century, Pope John XXII had a fortress constructed at Châteauneuf, and developed a famous vineyard here, whose cultivation was carried out in the great papal tradition of the Papal City of Avignon. Renowned for its whites as much for its reds, the wine region covers more than 3000 hectares of vineyards and stretches out across practically all of the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and over four neighbouring municipalities (Bédarrides, Courthézon, Orange and Sorgues). Located on the left bank of the Rhône between Avignon and Orange, this exceptional territory is composed of vast terraces covered in red clay mixed with round quartz pebbles.
Further north on the Drôme Provençale route, there is an AOC that has made a remarkable rise. This is the Grignan-les-Adhémar appellation, a wine country over 1800 hectares, and known as the Côteaux du Tricastin until 2010. It stretches out from Saint-Restitut to Allan.