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.
This is the wine school Avignon has been waiting for, so it can fully embrace its reputation as the capital of Côtes du Rhône wines. The school opened in November 2017 in the magnificent Carré du Palais building opposite the Pope’s Palace. Its raison d’être is to showcase all the variety of the Rhone Valley vineyards to beginners and connoisseurs alike.
There’s no shortage of attractions in the South Luberon region, around Lourmarin, and we’re excited to introduce the very latest: the Domaine de Fontenille estate. This wine estate, which is also a charming hotel and gastronomic restaurant, was purchased in 2013 and opened in late 2015 after 2 years of refurbishment; it’s certain to appeal to Provence enthusiasts and fans of the French lifestyle.
New in Avignon in 2015: the Collection Lambert, one of the finest contemporary art collections in France, re-opens after being closed for a year and a half for works, with a floor space doubled. Les Luminessences Sound and Light show, which offers a powerful 3-D vision of the history of Avignon, will run sessions in English. Lastly, the town will have its official, prestigious venue to show off the wines of the Rhône Valley: le Carré du Palais.
Since 2008, the Hôtel La Coquillade has been delighting us with its subtle blend of refined and discreet luxury, a dream environment, out in the Parc du Luberon, a restaurant quickly spotted by the Red Guide (1*) and, icing on the cake, an ecological sensibility that makes sense in these protected landscapes. In 2015, after one-and-a-half years of hard work, the hotel is doubling its capacity – no less than 63 rooms and suites in total – and is adding a 1500m² spa. And that’s not all!
At Châteauneuf-du-Pape, two cellars, the Cellier des Princes and the Domaine de Nalys, offer the opportunity to discover the vineyard, one by bike, the other on foot, and finish your tour with a tasting of wines of the appellation and a picnic of local products.