Provence

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Wineries (many French Rosés come from Provence) and olive orchards run the gamut from small, family-operated vineyards to large co-ops. Many offer tours, but call ahead: hours vary by house, season, and inclination.

Provence Wineries

Château d’Estoublon

Respected for worthy wines and a picturesque setting, the gardens, Romanesque-style chapel, vineyards, and olive orchards surrounding this beautiful, 18th-century estate are open year-round.

65 miles northwest of Marseilles, Route de Maussane, 011-33-4-90-54-64-00, www.estoublon.com
Tags: family | winery | architecture | history | wine tour | vineyard

Château de Calissanne

A 17th-century, white-stone manor house shares the grounds with the sprawling ruins of a Gallo-Roman fortress here. The winery also sells olive oil. Visits must be pre-arranged.

24 miles west of Aix-en-Provence, Road D10, 011-33-4-90-42-63-03, www.calissanne.fr
Tags: winery | architecture | history | wine tour | vineyard

Château de Coussin

This winery, situated in a 16th-century manor, has been run by the same family for nearly a century and is known for its rosés.

10 miles east of Aix-en-Provence, 011-33-4-42-61-20-00, www.sumeire.com
Tags: winery | architecture | history | wine tour | vineyard

Château de Simone

One of the smallest producers in the area, this vintner vends high-quality wine out of an 18th-century palace. Reservations are recommended and purchases are limited.

less than a mile from Aix-en-Provence, 011-33-4-42-66-92-58, www.chateau-simone.fr (French only)
Tags: smart splurge | winery | architecture | history | wine tour | vineyard

Château Hermitage Saint-Martin & Château Sainte Marguerite

Mom and dad run Sainte Marguerite – their son runs Hermitage Saint-Martin. The pairing offers a unique chance to taste wines from different areas side-by-side.

60 miles east of Marseilles, 011-33-4-94-00-44-44, www.chateauhermitagesaintmartin.com
Tags: winery | wine tour | vineyard

Château Salettes

A fairly small, 100-acre winery with vineyards and a cave, Château Salettes is known for its consistently good “everyday” wines.

30 miles southeast of Marseille, 011-33-4-94-90-06-06, www.salettes.com/us
Tags: winery | wine tour | vineyard

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