The Provence Region
As one travels south, the Rhone valley changes from the northern plains to what is quintessential Provence, with plantations of sunflowers, lavender, fruit trees including peaches, pears and apples, olive trees, and steep hillsides covered in pines, brush and wild herbs. It looks and like how you would have always imagined Provence to be, plus it smells like a special part of the world. With “perched” hilltop villages, castles, ruins and wine caves and vineyards it is an enchanted landscape.
In Provence the first traces of vineyards date from Greeks round 600 BC and the Romans cultivated vines and enjoyed the wines of the region.
Days in the open air markets in Aix-en-Provence and tastings in the wine villages of Gigondas, Vacqueras and Beaumes-de-Venise are features of the area.
It is region that you can be drawn back to year after year. Some even go further and move here to live. And who has not been inspired by Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence?
What makes this a great area for wine and food lovers?
The Romans left a legacy of wine, olives and wheat and that remains very much at the heart of its cuisine. Visions of hot sunny days, some parts of the region have 3,000 hours of sun a year, enjoying a dish of garlic-seasoned tomatoes, a baguette loaf and a glass of full-bodied red wine give meaning to a tour in Provence.
Unique foods and cuisine
Exciting cities, beautiful towns and attractive villages
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