Where better to indulge one's love of wine than in France
? Discover the wine capital of the world from a fresh angle, and immerse yourself the complete experience. Start the day on a Wine Safari, and end it by gazing out across the vineyards towards the sunset, sipping a glass of chilled rosé made at that very estate. We've put together the three best villas in the Cote d'Azur
for those who appreciate a fine wine.
As you arrive to the sun soaked South, your first thought may be to jump into the swimming pool. Your second will be to relax and take in the views with a glass of wine in your hand. Guests here are welcomed with a case of the award-winning Whispering Angel Rosé. Having tried it ourselves, we have to agree with this choice. The 2014 vintage was awarded Gold from the Decanter World Wine Awards.
Chateau D’Esclans produces some of the finest rosé wines in the world, and sits in the heart of the Var region in Provence. As well as Whispering Angel, it also produces the renowned Garrus and Rock Angel. The estate is under an hour from the Mas de Quatre Saisons and with advanced notice we can arrange your visit.
Domaine des Côteaux, Provence
Hidden in the Dentelles de Montmirail, the craggy outcrop of the Luberon mountain range in Provence, the surrounding landscape has hardly changed in the 11 centuries that the Domaine des Côteaux has stood there. What has changed is that the estate has started producing world-beating wines.
When Nicole and Xavier arrived at the derelict property in the mid-1990s wine production was a memory, and a distant one at that. Through passionate study, great enthusiasm, and significant financial investment the taps are flowing again. Chêne Bleu is making a splash in the world of wine.
Despite production only beginning in 2006, the awards for Chêne Bleu have already started to roll in; recent vintages have won multiple Golds at the International Wine Challenge, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, and the Grenaches du Monde Awards.
Wine-tasting and tours of the vineyard can be arranged during an exclusive stay at the Domaine des Côteaux. Walk the grounds, make use of the tennis court, or simply relax by the pool at this wine lover’s paradise.
Picture an environment of gently rolling hills with vineyards as far as the eye can see. Now add an impressive Manor House set in beautifully maintained gardens, and you begin to get a sense of the serenity and luxury that pervades at the Chateau Bel Esprit.
The vineyard that belongs to the property has been going for more than two thousand years. The 140 hectares of vines benefit from the unique situation of being located in the basin of an ancient volcano, the only one in Provence. Explore the local area and more importantly the fine wines that are produced here on a Wine Safari – a 4x4 takes you to the different areas of the estate with wine-tasting along the way. For aficionados and eager amateurs alike, this a great day out and will certainly be a talking point from your holiday in Provence.