The vineyards of Aix, the vineyards of the bastides - La Trévaresse and Plateau de Puyricard

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Monumental gates, alleys lined with plane trees, vast bastides surrounded by landscaped parks... The elegance of the prestigious estates and wineries enhances the landscapes of the Aix countryside.
In the massifs of the Roques, the Chaîne des Côtes and the Trévaresse, the decorum of the great Provençal mas takes shape between rows of vines and wooded areas. At the edge of the pine and oak forests, a dovecote, a fountain, a chapel... add a delicate touch to this rich architectural and cultural heritage.

Once a place of pleasure and an aristocratic emblem, the Provençal bastide has become a place of history, wine and meetings dedicated to all epicureans.
Head north around the old town center via avenue Victor Hugo, boulevard du Roi René, boulevard Carnot, cours Saint Louis, then right on boulevard François and Emile Zola and avenue Jean Moulin.
Then turn right onto the Route des Pinchinants (RD63c) which takes you to the Pinchinats valley, a site listed as a site and historical monument since 1969 because "This vast site is representative of the country landscape that is the identity of the Pays d'Aix: an alternation of cultivated plots, pine forests and groves of green and white oaks the bastides and their parks alleys at the entrance of the bastides, some of which are linear trees of the riparian forests and classified as the Château de la Gaude.

At the exit of the valley take the RD63b to the right in the direction of Venelles.
But at the crossing with the RD13a do not take the direction of Venelles but continue on the RD63b.

About 500m after this crossing, take a small path on the left "chemin des pierres plates".
It leads you directly to the Domaine de l'Olibaou.
The Soriano family has chosen to produce artisanal and natural wines (white, rosé, red) and olive oil. From the cultivation of the trees to the processing of the fruit, all the products offered by the Domaine de l'Olibaou are part of an organic approach. As an additional guarantee of quality, the harvest is done by hand, in the purest olive and wine tradition, ensuring a meticulous selection of the grains used.
Passing through the sports park of Venelles, before the village you find the RD13a. Follow it to the cooperative cellar of the Quatre Tours.
Take the RD13a in the direction of Venelles le Haut. Cross the village in direction of the road of Saint Canadet - RD13.
Turn right towards Saint Canadet - Le Puy Ste Réparade.
The RD13 leads you to several wineries and their cellars: Les Bastides - Château de Fonscolombe and Château Paradis.

Château Paradis :
You can walk along the wine path, alone or with a guide, to discover the secrets of our wine activity. You will find information panels all along the route revealing the history of the parcels, historical sites around the estate and explanations on the vines, the grape varieties & the wines. A road book will be available for children with riddles to solve, coloring and word games.
A small detour by the RD556 to taste the wines of Château Vauclaire.
Come back to the RD13 intersection with the EDF canal.
From there, following the canal you can reach the site of the chapel Ste Réparade for a picnic and a breathtaking panorama.
The Via Aurelia or Aurelian Way is the name given to the great Roman road of the Mediterranean coast of Roman Italy and ancient Gaul.
Along this Roman road there are two very particular areas.
Go down the puech, turn left in the village on the RD15.
At the end of the village, take the direction of Rognes.
Turn right after the canal, still in the direction of Rognes.
About 2km on your left is the Domaine du Tour Campanets.
Two winegrower's walks through vineyards and forests (each one half an hour).


Change of scenery and atmosphere.
Make a U-turn. At the intersection of the RD15 with the RD14 turn right towards the hamlet of La Cride.
After la Cride on your right Château La Coste :
Wine, art and architecture, such is the triptych so inspired and inspiring of Château La Coste. The estate extends over 220 hectares. A veritable amphitheater of vines, olive trees and truffle oaks, in the middle of which stands a long, streamlined building: the art center designed by Tadao Ando. Reception area, exhibition center, bookshop and several restaurants such as La Terrasse, Le Café T. Ando's Café or the Argentinean Restaurant of fire master Francis Mallmann set the tone: it's not just wine that aims for excellence! The winery in corrugated iron sheets signed by Jean Nouvel, the new Pavilion by Renzo Piano or the art trail in the vineyards with renowned signatures (Louise Bourgeois, Richard Serra Jean-Michel Othoniel, Alexander Calder ...), the artistic proposal rivals in interest with the exceptional wines and 100% organic domain. The latest addition, the luxury hotel Villa La Coste, which houses 28 suites, including ten with swimming pools, a spa and a gourmet restaurant by Gerald Passedat, completes this incomparable menu of pleasures!
Leave the estate and turn right onto the RD14 to the intersection with the RD14c.
Turn right. This is the road to Beaulieu, where you will find a beautiful house, the Château Beaulieu.

Continue to Rognes:
The vineyard is very well exposed and the soil is predestined to produce high quality wines. The vineyard has kept a predominant place in Rognes:
Next to the Domaine de Naïs, the entrance to Rognes is today dominated by the new building of the cooperative cellar "l'Hostellerie des vins de Rognes".
At the traffic circle, take the RD543 and continue your journey through vineyards and oak forests on your left.
Some bastides from Aix-en-Provence are hidden along the winding road: Château Barbebelle and Château Beaupré which organize jazz concerts.
Continue on the RD543, and after about 6.5 km turn left onto the small road of Seuil in the direction of Cimetière du Grand St Jean.
A road shaded by oaks and pines leads you to the Château du Seuil.
From April 1st to August 30th, a pedestrian path will allow you to discover the most beautiful parcels of the Château du Seuil vineyard as well as the Mediterranean forest of holm oaks, white oaks and pines that surrounds it.
The French garden, created between 1660 and 1680, shaded by large cedars planted in the 18th century, can be visited by reservation. It is open to the public during the "Rendezvous in the garden" on the first weekend of June.

Continue on the road to the Seuil, and about 3km further on, at the Domaine de Belambrée, the winegrower welcomes you for a friendly tasting.
Last stop Château l'Evesque. To get there, continue on the
Route du Seuil in the direction of Puyricard until you reach the crossroads with the path of the Château d'Alphéran. turn left. Pass in front of the castle of Grimaldi and the castle of Alphéran.
At the intersection with chemin de la Simone, continue straight on chemin de la Quille which becomes chemin de la présidente.
Drive to the intersection with chemin de Lévesque on the left which takes you directly to the estate.
Opening period (s)All year round.
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The vineyards of Aix, the vineyards of the bastides - La Trévaresse and Plateau de Puyricard
Rue Gustave Desplaces
13100
Aix-en-Provence

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Le vignoble aixois, le vignoble des bastides - La Trévaresse et Plateau de Puyricard
Rue Gustave Desplaces
13100
Aix-en-Provence
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Latitude : 43.523082
Longitude : 5.444998