France is synonymous with wine and travelers are always on the hunt for the best wineries to discover and explore. The vineyards in Saint-Tropez are unique in the fact that they border the Mediterranean sea which gives the wine a distinctive flavor. This region is famous for its rosé wine although there are excellent reds and whites too! There are many beautiful vineyards in the Saint-Tropez area worth mentioning but the following are our top 4 recommendations for a day of wine tasting as they are all within a short drive from one another.
Nestled in the hills above Saint-Tropez in Gassin, Chateau Minuty has a deserved reputation as a producer of the some of the very finest Provencal rosés. It is currently one of only 18 vineyards in the Côtes de Provence region to hold the coveted “Cru Classé” designation. The fruity and rounded “Minuty M Rosé” is a particular highlight, and it can be sampled on-site at a tasting.
Château Des Marres
Occupying a sun-kissed domain facing the ocean in Ramatuelle, the sandy-clay soil and seaside climate contribute to the unique flavour of Château des Marres’ exceptional range of red, white and rosé wines. The “Prestige rosé” is particularly popular, offering a citric bouquet and a crisp drinking experience. The estate also provides an impressive visitor experience, with an elegant tasting centre and regular art exhibitions throughout the summer.
Château Volterra is a fabulous location in which to savour wine, with commanding views over the Baie de Bonporteau. The château was built for a British aristocrat at the turn of the 19th century, and the estate’s wine producing history commenced shortly after. Red, white and rosé wines are produced at Volterra, with the full-bodied “Volterra Rouge” Syrah being particularly well-regarded. Tastings and tours take place throughout the summer.
Château Barbeyrolles caused a considerable stir in the winemaking community when it launched the famous “Pétale de Rosé” in 1985. Particularly pale in color, and dry on the palate, it is created by using a special champagne press. This Barbeyrolles technique has been imitated by many other producers since but rarely as successfully. The Gassin vineyard is owned and operated by Régine Sumeire, member of a Var winemaking dynasty, and one of the first significant female vintners in France. Regular tastings are available.