For anyone who’s passionate about wine, the Var invites you to come and meet the region’s top producers while enjoying a wonderful stroll along the wine trail – leaving directly from your Terrasses du Bailli*** Hotel.
The Côtes de Provence are considered to be the oldest vineyards in France: with their sunny-kissed charms, these wines are known and enjoyed across the world. With their superbly delicate aromas, they are to be found in the most highly-prized, Michelin-starred restaurants, appreciated in particular for their freshness, especially in summer.
Wine tourism is of great value, and is now seen as a major reason for travelling to the Var. Bandol, Côtes de Provence and Côteaux Varois en Provence are the three controlled designations of origin (AOC). Both the region’s smaller properties and its larger, more renowned estates are contributing to the new concept of wine tourism. Here we have selected three vineyards, but it goes without saying that our list is not comprehensive. Wine production in the Var is highly varied and very rich.
Château Sainte Roseline: organises guided tours of its cellars with wine tasting all year round. This PDO (protected designation of origin) is characterised by its pale colour, with its grapes harvested at night to avoid any oxidation and colour gain.
Château Roubine: cru classé and Côtes de Provence, the terrain here is notable for its natural drainage. The roubine – meaning stream in Provençal – together with the estate’s orientation and clay-limestone soil produces a very high-quality wine. Reservations required for all guided tours.
Château de Pampelonne: located in the PDO zone, stretching out over a sandy terroir near a very famous Saint-Tropez beach. The wine is easily recognisable thanks to its light pink hue with flashes of blue. Visits possible; by appointment only.
During your explorations, don’t forget to ask about the numerous events put on by the wineries and châteaux, all of which will enrich your visits.