Rhonea is the name for both the cooperative wine cellars at Beaumes-de-Venise and Vacqueyras, two Rhône Valley vintages. Their assets? The production of several appellations and types of wine –among which the famous sweet white Muscat-, the breath-taking scenery of the Dentelles de Montmirail, their beautiful modern and bright wineries and activities such as a 4×4 tour or a tasting in the vineyards, a blending workshop, events…
Beaumes-de-Venise and Vacqueyras Wine cellars
The wine cellars at Beaumes-de-Venise and Vacqueyras still welcome independent travellers every day throughout the year and hold tastings for their wines (Beaumes-de-Venise, Vacqueyras, Gigondas, Ventoux).
But if you book ahead they can cater specifically for individuals and groups, and they have additional spaces available:
At Vacqueyras and Beaumes-de-Venise, there are conference rooms (capacity: 80 people, package including room + breakfast + buffet meals)
At Beaumes-de-Venise, there is the Dolium restaurant – contemporary decor and fine cuisine, and a terrace for sunny days.
At Vacqueyras, the former Eloge restaurant can be booked privately – we love the circular spaces draped in translucent fabric, like ghosts from the old wine cellars.
Explore the vineyard in a 4×4 and tasting
The Dentelles massif is a rugged landscape. On this 4×4 trip you can discover beautiful hidden corners and see the various “terroirs” (soils), with comments by the driver-guide. After the trip, you will return to the cellar at Beaumes-de-Venise or Vacqueyras and taste 4 wines selected by the sommelier, from the areas you visited.
For 8 people or more
This package + lunch at the Dolium restaurant: €75/person (including wines)
Bus tour of the Dentelles de Montmirail region and tasting in the vineyard
For 13 people or more.
€5/person. Duration : 2h30.
From May to November: wine tasting in the vineyard (+ €2/pers.).
In your own – or your operator’s – bus, and with a local wine-grower as a guide, the group will tour round the Dentelles de Montmirail countryside. On your return to the cellar, the group will taste four vintages from the regions you visited, or, in the summer, the tasting will take place in the heart of the vineyards.
Wine tasting and blending
→ Initiation to wine tasting
Learn all about wine tasting in a fun workshop. Learn to recognise the aromas and flavours on the palate with teaching materials.
For 4 people or more. €20/person Duration: 1hr 15mins
→ Learn the art of Blending
With the help of a sommelier, blend your own wine from different selected grape varieties to create the wine that suits you!
Leave with your own bottle and your personalised label at the end of the workshop.
For 4 people or more. €45/ person.
Duration : 2h.
A number of events also take place throughout the year and can be enjoyed during your stay:
The Truffle and Wine Festival, from 3 December 2016 to 4 March 2017 – with a succession of truffle related events and activities (culinary workshops, demonstrations showing how to unearth truffles, gourmet dinners, matching wines with truffles, etc.).
Early June: a hike in the Dentelles (11 or 15 km), with various stops for tastings (matching wines and dishes) – Price: €30/person.
In September, Vendange des Chefs (the Chefs’ Harvest): after a walk through the vineyards to taste the grapes and understand the land and the grape varieties, taste the wines where they grow and sit down for a gourmet lunch, prepared by leading chefs from the region. Price: €40/person, €75/couple.
In October, during the Semaine du Goût, walks + lunch prepared by chefs from the region, in the company of the local winegrowers.