Wine tour in Bandol & Cassis
Discover the wine and the beautiful landscapes of the South of France in our Bandol Wine Tour. The Gulf of Bandol, Mont Caume in the East, and the La Sainte Baume Mountains in the North form Bandol’s geological boundaries. Bandol is one of the first regions where Phoceans went to grow grape vines. Let yourself be charmed by the exceptional wines and beautiful coastal towns of Bandol and Cassis.
This terroir encompasses 8 towns from Var department : Bandol, Le Beausset, Le Castellet, La Cadière d’Azur, Saint Cyr-sur-mer, Sainte-Anne d’Evenos, Sanary-sur-mer et Ollioules. The impressive vineyards that slide towards the sea are laid out in terraces called “restanques”. Since it faces due South, these wines benefit from 3,000 hours sun a year ! While the Appellation uses 12 grape varieties, the king of them is a late ripening one called Mourvèdre. Rich in tannins, it allows Bandol’s Red wines to age as much as those of Bordeaux can do.
However, this landscape produces as well rounded and generous Rosés, and complex aromatic Whites.
Created in 1936, Cassis has been the first french “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée”. It is the only french AOC to be fully integrated in a National Park, in this case the “Parc National des Calanques”.
The two main ingredients that define the Cassis landscape are the limestone and the sea. The vineyard is a cirque which is closed to the West by the Calanque range and to the East by Cap Canaille. Compared to the dominating Rosé color of Provence wines, The Cassis production is quite unique with its mineral whites. Clairette and Marsanne are the backbone of the blend forming those tangy wines.
Your Private Bandol and Cassis Wine Tour
Experience the South of France on this unique private tour led by an English-speaking local. Your guide will share his expertise of French wine, answer all of your wine-related questions, and share with you some of the history of local wines and tasting techniques. On this private Bandol Wine Tour, travelers will visit the unique coastal towns and exceptional vineyards in Bandol and Cassis.
Our friendly guide will pick you up from your hotel or B&B (up to 10 km around Aix en Provence) and return you at the end of the tour. If you wish to be picked up and dropped off from a location outside this 10km radius, extra fees may apply.
The Full Day Tour Includes:
The knowledge and guidance of a French wine expert, visits to the wine houses where production occurs and barrels are stored, entrance to 3 vineyards/cellars, and guided tastings.
Lunch, personal expenses, and any services not mentioned above are not included.
Full day tour – 8h
Transportation in a luxury 7-seater car