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 best villas in the Cote d'Azur, Provence and South West France for those who appreciate a fine wine.
Mas de Quatre Saisons, Côte d’Azur
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.
Villa Fronsac, South West France
Set amidst the vineyards of the renowned Chateau Vrai Can Bouché in one of France’s most prestigious wine-growing regions, Villa Fronsac provides an immersive experience for wine lovers.
All of the six bedrooms are cleverly located along one corridor to offer views over the vineyards. There are even ‘peepholes’ in the corridor floor into the cellars below where barrels of fine wine are stored. Private visits can be organised on request, but production can also be witnessed from the comfort of the reception room. Outside, there’s plenty to occupy, including a saltwater pool, table tennis, boules and a barbecue area, all with views over cords of vines.
Short drives to the vineyards of Pomerol, Saint Emilion and Bordeaux make this a perfectly placed villa for wine aficionados and eager amateurs alike.
Pomeira, South West France
Pomeira is a charming French villa which is within walking distance of UNESCO World Heritage Site, St Emilion. Throw back the shutters each morning to reveal views across the town’s ancient walls and prestigious vineyards.
Take one of the villa’s bicycles out to explore the local area, enjoy a game of croquet or boules within the enclosed gardens or relax with friends and family around the large pool.
Within St Emilion there is an abundance of local cafés and restaurants with plenty of opportunity to enjoy the lush merlots and aromatic cabernet francs that this region is famous for.
Mas des Vignes, South West France
Mas des Vignes is located just a five-minute stroll from St Emilion’s main square. The villa is contemporary throughout, with four en suite bedrooms, sound system, plunge pool and air conditioning. The villa’s own bar and multiple wine fridges make it an ideal base for evenings spent tasting the local produce acquired on daily trips into town.
Sociable outdoor spaces with shady terraces and large lawns make it impossible not to relax from almost as soon as you arrive. Surrounded by vineyards, there’s a constant reminder that you are in the heart of Bordeaux’s biggest wine producing region.
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