Vignobles & Découvertes: Pays d'Aix - Sud Luberon
The Vignobles & Découvertes label aims to provide quality services and visits catering to wine tourism. The label appeals to a customer base that appreciates the world of wine without necessarily being connoisseurs, and offers a range of quality services: accommodation, cultural sites, leisure activities, cellar tours, restaurants, exploration of natural spaces, events and more.
Destination: Pays d'Aix - Sud Luberon
Bathed in the light of a privileged climate, Aix-en-Provence's elegance can be seen in every one of its lively streets and squares. In Aix, history is the backdrop to a lifestyle that blends the fun of shopping with the noble heritage, the pleasure of a cafe terrace with architectural beauty, or a stroll through the city with baroque splendour. Every fountain has its secrets, every mansion has its tale to tell. Country homes stand in parks and gardens as in bygone centuries. Aix is a mosaic of pictures, filled with the colours of festivals, festivities and traditions, Provençal markets, sun-ripened foods, country walks and many leisure activities… In the colours of Cézanne: this is not just a tour, it's more like a meeting with the painter among the places and landscapes which marked the life, and work of the "father of modern painting". Our city is welcoming at any time, and offers so much to see, experience and discover.
Keep exploring in the Aix Region! Follow the paths of history as you discover monuments, stately homes, chapels, shrines and other wonderful historical buildings. During your trip, satisfy your taste buds with good food, festivals of local produce, our vineyards with five AOCs, Provençal specialities, and oil mills. You will love the enchanting hilltop villages with their artists' studios and craft workshops, the Cézanne road with magnificent panoramas, and the spectacular landscapes of the Grand Site Sainte-Victoire.
Nature will lift your spirits here, as you walk in the mountains and the Mediterranean forest. From the Côtes hills to the Touloubre range, the upper valley of the Arc to the Durance, and the plains to the foothills of the Luberon... This vast area with its endless vistas, its wealth of culture and its good food, is yours to experience all year round.
For visitors to the Aix Region and the southern Luberon, we have selected 30 wineries open to tourists, 25 fine restaurants, and accommodation in 20 high-quality establishments, all of whom look forward to sharing with you the way of life in the Aix Region. The excellent cuisine and the delicious local foods produced in this exceptional part of the country are yours to discover and enjoy. The vineyards cover an area of 44 towns and villages between the Aix Region and the southern Luberon, and wine production includes five AOCs: Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, Luberon, Palette, Côtes de Provence and Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire.
Spreading from the foothills of Sainte-Victoire mountain, to the foot of the Luberon via the Durance, the wine-growing land of the Aix Region boasts many stately homes and estates that produce high-quality wines. While the reds and rosés are appreciated the world over, the white wines should not be overlooked, even if they only represent 5% of production. The red wines are rich, robust and often tannic, made from a wide range of varieties, especially Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet-Sauvignon and Cinsault. The rosés are the ideal accompaniment to Provençal cuisine in summer. These wines are lively, luscious and often fruity. The white wines are both fine and fragrant, with aromas of ripe fruit. They are currently undergoing certification.