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.
Domaine des Andéols already boasts the sumptuous art-filled houses Olivier Massart designed in the late 1990s – and from 2019 guests can opt for one of its new Nature Suites. Among the most beautiful places to stay in Provence, Domaine des Andéols is ideally located between the Luberon and Monts de Vaucluse.
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.
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.