Following the wine route in the Alpilles | Stage 1 of Alpilles wine route
In future articles, we will introduce you to the Alpilles wine route in several stages. Here is stage 1.
Provence is rich with exceptional gastronomic lands. To discover it, hotel Benvengudo takes you on a journey through the Alpilles to meet passionate winegrowers. From the Mas de la Dame to the Mas de Gourgonnier, come and taste the wines of 5 vineyards in the heart of the mountains. Let’s hit the road!
Mas de la Dame
Start your Alpilles wine route journey with a stop at Mas de la Dame. This family domain has been producing olive oil and wine for 4 generations. You will discover 57 hectares of vines that are used for over 10 wine types, classified AOC “Les Baux-de-Provence”. Today, the great granddaughters of the founder manage the vineyard. They will tell you the story of this remarkable house and make you taste its best wines.
A few kilometers to the North East, make a stop at Château Romanin. Former shrine of the goddess of war Artemis, it has kept all its history and authenticity. Nowadays, in addition to red wines made of exceptional grape varieties, this vineyard offers white and rosé wines as well. These delicious biodynamic wines are worth coming in the heart of the Provençal scrubland!
Domaine de Valdition
Continuing your Alpilles wine route eastwards, between the villages of Orgon and Eygalières, take a break at the Domaine de Valdition. The 90 hectares of vines and the 30 hectares of olive groves are cultivated with care and in compliance with the rules of organic farming. The Domaine de Valdition is born out of a fascinating history: in the Renaissance, François I, King of France, donated this land to his daughter Caroline du Prévôt. Later on, she married Sir Dacla Chateaubert whose family has been keeping the domain during 4 centuries.
Vallon des Glauges
Now let’s head to the South and stop at Domaine du Vallon des Glauges. At the foot of the Mount Menu, the peak of the Alpilles Mountains, 45 of the 72 hectares are dedicated to vines. There is a wide range of white, red, rosé IGP “Alpilles” and AOC “Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence” wines to discover!
Mas de Gourgonnier
Finish your Provençal wine route by stopping at Mas de Gourgonnier, starting its history from a long family tradition. The farmhouse was built in the middle of the 18th century and initially used as a farm at the abbey of Pierredon. The first vines were planted by the Cartier family in 1950. Since then, they have been offering great wines with strong personality: AOC “Les Baux-de-Provence” red and rosé wines as well as white wines.
Once back from this enriching trip, relax next to our swimming pool – we will take care of the rest!
© Château Romanin