The village of Oppède, near Cavaillon, got its own Olive Oil Museum this summer. Set up by the Hugues family – winemakers at the Domaine de la Royère since 1986, it showcases the age-old art of oil milling in an engaging, true-to-life exhibition.
Located in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the historical distillery behind the region’s most iconic spirits and cordials now offers guided tours of its production facility here in Provence.
In the midst of vineyards to the north of Orange, the eco-friendly hotel in this splendid historic château has opened its own all-organic spa.
The Mont Ventoux and Valréas region is famous for its splendid black truffles, a popular treat in the local markets and cuisine every winter. The Plantin family have been honing their mastery of this delicacy since the business opened in 1930, and now they’ve opened a dedicated visitors’ centre and truffle tasting shop in Puyméras.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s Pavillon Bouachon wine cellar (formerly Pavillon des Vins) in the heart of the village has been transformed into a brand new space after 18 months of renovation work. With a lovely wine tasting area bathed in natural light, wooden rafters in its big reception room, and new aging cellars, this great venue continues to offer popular themed wine-tasting workshops.
The Lincelé family at the Lavender Museum has plenty of ideas for interesting and fun new ways of enjoying the emblematic flower of Provence. This year, visiting groups can take part in hands-on sensory workshops and take home their own fragranced watercolour, or a lavender sachet they’ve made themselves to inject a bit of Provençal freshness into their linen cupboards!
Here’s some good news for people who love exploring the countryside or climbing the slopes by electric bicycle – Vaucluse now boasts 13 charging stations and 150 Fast Chargers spread across the region, at Tourist Offices and member organisations of the Accueil Vélo (bicycle-friendly) network.
Street artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest is taking over the Grand Chapel of the Popes’ Palace until 29 February 2020 with his new show, Ecce Homo.
The world’s oldest opera festival, the Chorégies d’Orange, was created in 1869 and relaunched in 1971 in its current format. Every evening of its summer programme, 8,000 opera and classical music lovers throng the tribunes of Provence’s ancient Roman Theatre in Orange. The setting of this prestigious festival is no accident – acoustics at this venue are outstanding because of its immense backwall, which is the only stage wall to survive among Roman theatres built in Europe.
You can now come and explore Bollène’s historic hydroelectric power plant on the Rhone river! This masterpiece of industrial architecture was one of the last massive infrastructure projects to be built in post-war France. Commissioned in 1952, it boasts a gigantic turbine hall bathed in light through the geometric lattice of openings in its imposing Art Deco facade. Both are listed as Historic Monuments and can be visited during the newly launched 2-hour tour.