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The Best Wine Hotels in Provence
Wine has been grown in Provence since Roman times, a wonderful legacy to the region, along with the beautiful monuments and impressive amphitheatres and aqueducts. And now very much a part of the Provençal landscape, along with lavender fields, misty valleys, pretty hilltop towns and the bright blue and gold of the Cote d’Azur. Which are exactly the kinds of views you want to be enjoying as you savour your local tipple.
If exploring the vineyards and wine regions are one of the reasons you’re visiting, then staying in one of the best wine hotels in Provence is an obvious choice. Our Guru’s recommendations are dotted throughout, and include both rural idylls and great options within the larger towns and centres. Their idea of what makes the best wine hotels in Provence isn’t solely the preserve of those properties with their own vineyards, or in amongst the vines, they also rate excellent cellars, wine tasting opportunities and location in regards local appellations. So hopefully they’ve got a great recommendation for you.
The Best Wine Hotels in Provence
For a Provençal Escape
The family-run Les Florêts at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail is set in the heart of the owners' own vineyards. The Gigondas wine that they produce is available in the restaurant where many of the dishes on offer complement it beautifully. Homely furnishings with a delightful terrace for eating outside and excellent French service.
La Bastide de Moustiers is a 17th Century bastide with elegant, understated interiors, lovely gardens and terraces and a restaurant menu by Alain Ducasse. The lavender filled gardens around a large swimming pool and shady terraces are the perfect places for sipping wine.
In Rural Provence
La Ferme de la Huppe is a converted farm with beautiful views over the Luberon and the old village of Gordes. Calm and peaceful with just ten rooms, a tranquil garden and pool and an exciting restaurant, this hotel is a traditional Provençal hideaway.
If you want to eat well, but also learn something about what you're eating then Château de Berne is for you. Surrounded by 1,500 acres of private vineyards, they offer wine tastings and cookery classes.
For a Provençal City Break
- The Château de Massillan in Avignon is a beautifully renovated small château with turret bedrooms and elegant interiors. It's surrounded by parklands, a herb garden and lavender banks, and has a lovely lake, and an excellent restaurant serving regional cuisine.
- La Mirande, also in Avignon, is an immaculately converted former Cardinal’s mansion in the heart of the city opposite the Palais des Papes. There are 21 rooms and suites and a sculpture-filled courtyard where they serve Michelin starred cuisine. There’s also a cookery school.
- L'Artemise is a heavenly gastronomic restaurant with five rooms on a hillside just outside Uzès, with beautiful views and a lovely garden. There’s contemporary art on display, an elegant spa in the vaulted cellars including a lap pool, steam baths and a jacuzzi and the 'surprise' menu changes daily. Allow four hours for the full gastronomic experience…
The Most Romantic Wine Hotels in Provence
Le Vieux Castillon is a stunning, 30 room hotel in Castillo-du-Gard. A Renaissance building, made from golden stone, surrounded by terraces then cypress and olive trees, this hotel is perched on a hill overlooking a beautiful valley. The cuisine is flamboyant Provençal and the rooms and suites are very romantic.
The Best Value Wine Hotels in Provence
- L'Enclos des Lauriers Roses is a fabulous country hotel surrounded by vineyards, orchards and olive groves. There are 23 rooms, arranged in a way that’s perfect for families or groups, starting from around £70 per night. Airy and bright, this hotel also has four pools a great restaurant and a great wine list.
- For a reasonably priced hotel with a Michelin star you can’t go past the Hostellerie Berard et Spa in La Cadière-d'Azur, a lovely hilltop villa overlooking a green valley. There are 40 chicly decorated rooms and suites, most with private balconies, and an excellent spa and wine cellar. Rooms start from around £85 per night.
- The Auberge de l’Orangerie is a much smaller property, with only five rooms, in the pretty town of Piolenc. Simple and attractive Provençal decor and an amazing vaulted dining room really sets off the wonderful food and wine on offer.
If you haven’t found your idea of the best château hotel in Provence on our Guru’s list, you could:
- Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Provence,
- consider our Guru’s guide to the best boutique hotels in Provence,
- or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.