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When in the Rhône

Northern Rhone

Le Bar Du Temple

5 Place Charles de Gaulle, 38200 Vienne

Great bar to sit outside by the Temple d'Auguste to have a pastis or a beer.

La Gerine

2 Côte de la Gerine, 69420 Ampuis

04 74 56 03 46


Charming bed & breakfast in the midst of vineyards. A bonus treat in the morning with home-made jams and crusty baguette.

Le Bistrot a Vin de Serine

16 Boulevard des Allées, 69420 Ampuis

04 74 48 65 10


This is a casual restaurant with a wine bar and shop that we have visited many times. Reasonable pricing and portions.

E. Guigal

5 Route de la Taquière, 69420 Ampuis

04 74 56 10 22


Domaine Guigal was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis, produces wines from vineyards in both Northern and Southern Rhône.

Domaine Francois Villard

330 Route du Réseau Ange, 42410 Saint-Michel-sur-Rhône

04 74 56 83 60


If you get a chance to have a tasting with Francois, tell him that we say hello! The winery is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays by appointment only.

Cave Yves Cuilleron

Verlieu, 58 RD 1086, 42410 Chavanay

04 74 87 02 37


Founded in 1920, the winery's history includes three generations of winemaking. The tasting room is available to visit by appointment, closed on Sundays and the month of August. Should be noted that Yves has a project with Jeff Cohn from JC Cellars which is extraordinary.

Les Vins de Vienne

Zone d'Activités, Jassoux, 42410 Chavanay, France

04 74 85 04 52


Wines based on friendship quality and collaboration from Yves Cuilleron, Francois Villard, and Pierre Gaillard. Some of my favorite examples of Rhône varietals. Tasting room is open Tuesday - Saturday by appointment only.

Domaines Pierre Gaillard

Lieu-dit, Chez Favier, 42520 Malleval

04 74 87 13 10


This is a family affair! The family domaine includes four properties from Malleval to Banyuls-Sur-Mer. Call ahead to make an appointment.

Cave de Tain l'Hermitage

22 Route de Larnage, 26600 Tain-l'Hermitage

04 75 08 20 87


A cooperative of small winegrowers that supply their grapes to make wines from different soils. Visit every day from May through September.

Maison M. Chapoutier

18 Avenue of Dr. Paul Durand, 26600 Tain L'Hermitage

04 75 08 28 65


Chapoutier was founded in 1897. The Maison is open daily except for Christmas and New Year's Day. Great opportunity to taste a lot of wines

that are hard to find.

La Cité du Chocolat - Vahlrona

12 Avenue du Président Roosevelt, 26600 Tain-l'Hermitage

04 75 09 27 27


La Cité du Chocolat is educational and delicious. There is an interactive museum that teaches everything chocolate. One of the best things about Vahlrona is the complimentary tastings in the shop. Open daily.

Southern Rhone

Chene Bleu / La Verriere

Domaine de la Verrière – 84110 Crestet

04 90 10 06 30



Family owned vineyard, single-estate biodynamic wines, commitment to nature. La Verriere is a bed & breakfast on the property as well. Call for tasting appointments and overnight stays.

Chateau de Beaucastel

730 Chemin de Beaucastel, 84350 Courthezon

04 90 70 41 00


Perrin family has produced 5 generations worth of Beaucastel. If you can get an appointment, this is a wonderful winery to visit. Excellent tour and tasting in English.

La Mere Germaine

3 Rue Commandant Lemaître - 84230 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France

04 90 83 54 37


Traditional, seasonal French cooking in an art filled dining room and a delightful patio. Also a hotel with 8 reasonably priced rooms.

Domaine La Barroche

16 Chemin du Clos, 84230 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

06 62 84 95 79


Julian and Laetitia Barrot, are the latest generation at the helm of the winery since the early 2000's. They are committed to upholding and growing the family winery with respect to age old traditions and high standards of the terroir of CDP. Call ahead for a possible visit.

Domaine de Marcoux

198 Chemin de la Gironde, 84100 Orange

04 90 34 67 43


The Armenier family has been making wine in CDP for centuries. Currently the sisters run the winery Catherine is responsible for the vineyards and Sofie for the winemaking. Call ahead for appointment.

Le Limas

51 Rue Limas, 84000 Avignon

04 90 14 67 19


In Avignon’s historic district, this upscale bed-and-breakfast in an 18th-century townhouse is a 5-minute walk from the Pont d’Avignon bridge and the Palais des Papes. Just four comfortable rooms with a delicious breakfast!

Les Halles d'Avignon

18 Place Pie, 84000 Avignon

04 90 27 15 15


Provencal style inside market with fresh and prepared foods that opens at 6 am. Quaint stores and kiosks with just about all the food you can imagine. Onsite parking. Closed on Monday.

Domaine de Font du Loup

La Font du Loup, 84350 Courthézon

04 90 33 06 34


Anne-Charlotte Melia-Bachas has been a good friend to the girl & the fig for many years. The 20 hectares of vineyards are uniquely in one plot shadowed by the historic castle. Contact Anne-Charlotte to visit, she offers lovely hospitality.


Restaurant Chez Serge

90 Rue Cottier 84200 Carpentras

04 90 63 21 24


Very artistic bistro featuring seasonal local products with an emphasis on trufffles when available. Superb winelist with prices all across the board. Open for lunch and dinner everyday - hours vary summer and winter.

Carpentras Weekly Market

Avenue Jean Jaurès, 84200 Carpentras

The market runs through the year on Fridays from 8:30 - 1pm. It is one of my favorite markets as it has some beautiful products; food, crafts, clothing, and jewelry.

Carpentras Winter Truffle Market: From mid November through the end of March, Fridays mornings you can find the finest locally sourced truffles, 'black diamonds,' from the farmers themselves. You can certainly visually sort through to find the perfect one or two. They can get pricy but so worth it.

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Weekly Market

6 Avenue de la Résistance, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

This market winds around the streets, taking up every possible bit of space. Along with all of the Provencal specialties, I have found some beautiful pottery and market bags.When you are finished shopping, stop in one of the nearby cafes for an espresso and some wonderful people watching. While in Saint Remy, try to stop by Joel Durand Chocolatier and Le Petit Duc for cookies.

Le Bistrot du Paradou

57 Avenue de la Vallée des Baux, 13520 Paradou

04 90 54 32 70

Without question my favorite restaurant in the area. This is a set menu - a different item is featured on each day. The meal includes a starter, the family style entree, an incredible cheese platter, wine, and dessert. The restaurant is always busy, inside and out when the weather permits. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Carrières de Lumières

Route de Maillane, 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence

04 90 54 47 37


In the middle of the quarries and caves, tremendous multimedia programs are displayed. Typically there is a short show followed by a longer show and they both continue to loop throughout the day. A show can run for eight or nine months before a new one debuts. Get your tickets in advance; the lines can be very long and parking is difficult when it is busy.

L'Oustau de Baumanière

13520 Les Baux-de-Provence

04 90 54 33 07


Baumanière is a full service hotel and spa with two restaurants. Opened in 1945, L'Oustau currently has two Michelin stars featuring exquisite food in an upscale refined dining room. There are several menus including a multi coursed prix fixed menu served to the entire table.

L'Isle-Sur-la-Sorgue Sunday Market

Quai Jean Jaurès, 84800 L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (ALL OVER TOWN)

This is one of the largest outdoor markets in Provence. The market winds through the town along the Sorgue river with food stands, flea market finds, and fine antiques. Start early as it gets crowded and parking can be challenging. Wander aimlessly and stop for lunch or espresso. Also visit some of the antique stores down some of the alley ways if you find them open.

Le Carré d'Herbes

13 Avenue des Quatre Otages, 84800 L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

04 90 38 23 97


You can find this lovely spot down the alley surrounded by antique dealers. Opt to sit on the very small patio across the way which is delightful. Expect seasonal Provencal dishes and a nice winelist.

Villa La Regalido

118 Avenue Frédéric Mistral 13990 Fontvieille

04 90 54 60 22


Just ten minutes from Arles this historic hotel has fifteen rooms, a lovely breakfast buffet, a pool, courtyard, and dinner restaurant. indulge in what could be some of the best food of your trip.

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