Sampling Wine in Provence

Vin en Provence! There are so many choices of wineries to visit, we were somewhat perplexed where to start. However, we let our taste buds do the heavy lifting – with the help of the maitre d at a couple restaurants – and settled on two.

Chateau la Dorgonne (chateauladorgonne.com) is nestled into a beautiful valley in Mirabeau, to the north and east of Alix-en-Provence, with the Luberon mountains in the background. The winery prides itself on its organic growing method that “excludes any type of synthetic chemical, weedkiller, nitrates and phosphates.” The proof is in the results. We loved the whites, roses and reds! The tasting room is also stocked with jams, pesto and salsas to compliment your tasting experience.

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Chateau la Coste winery (chateau-la-coste.com) in Le Puy Ste Réparade, about nine miles north of Aix-en-Provence. It makes an array of award winning wines and provides tours of its gleaming processing and fermenting facilities. The tasting room and store is large and allows several groups to sample at the same time. In addition to wine, the store offers wine glasses and other supplies, lavender soaps.lotions and candles. Outside of the tasting room and shop is a lovely open air cafe; a singer and classical guitarist were playing the afternoon we visited.

The site also includes n Art Center designed by Japanese architect the Tadao Ando. Surrounding the Art Center are several water features and sculptures, and nestled throughout the vineyard are more sculptures, architectural features and a very modern open-air amphitheater.

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Enjoying Chateau la Coste wine and a light meal at the winery’s cafe.
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Crouching Spider by Louise Bourgeois in the infinity pool of water at the Tadao Ando Art Center.
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Modern outdoor amphitheater at Chateau la Coste.
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Chateau la Coste vineyards.