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first_imgIn partnership with Atout France and Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region 9. Be a shepherd for a day Follow in the steps of the Knights Templar who originally planted the vines at Peyrassol winery in the 13th century. Nowadays, this tranquil vineyard deep in the Var countryside produces some of the finest Côtes de Provence wines. Stroll through the vineyards and marvel at the wondrous sculpture park that’s been created in this ancient spot. Discover the secrets of how grape varieties work together during a wine-blending workshop in Châteauneuf-du-Pape – one of France’s best winemaking regions. Among all the varieties in the area – including Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault – you’ll find out which blends produce the best-tasting wines. Cheap flights to Toulon Cheap flights to Marseille Head to Chateau la Coste, where wine, food and art blend together harmoniously in the hills north of Aix-en-Provence. Once you’ve tasted some of the creative dishes in the restaurant, take a restorative post-prandial walk through the open-air contemporary art gallery. Experience Provence, Live like a localExplore now 2. Take the flavours route of Haute-Provence Going back to school has rarely been more fun than in Avignon. The city of popes is also the city of wine, thanks to the ew Carré du Palais and its Ecole des Vins (wine school). Join one of the regular wine-tasting classes for a tour of the Rhône Valley through its superb wines. Search cheap flights to Marseille 1. Discover the Peyrassol vineyard If you can’t get enough of Provence’s goats’ cheese, learn how to make it yourself at La Ferme du Brégalon. Watch the farmers as they milk their goats before turning the milk into wonderfully tangy cheese. You’ll learn about the different varieties – fresh, creamy, semi-hard – as well as extra flavourings such as herbs and black pepper. Savour the sweetness of a calisson d’Aix, the soft diamond-shaped biscuit that’s as elegant as the city where it originated, Aix-en-Provence. These moreish biscuits combine almonds with cinnamon, cloves and nuts – and one isn’t enough. Stock up on these treats at Le Roy René factory shop just to the south of Aix, or pop into the city-centre outlet. Exploring Provence, Top things to doExplore now Just south of the Luberon Natural Regional Park is one of Provence’s delightful oddities – a vineyard on the only volcano in the region. Thanks to its mineral-rich land, Villa Baulieu produces some exceptional wines, which you can taste in these peaceful surroundings. Book a night in the vineyard’s sumptuous and historic guesthouse if you don’t want to travel too far afterwards. 6. Go to a wine school in Avignon 4. Do a wine-blending workshop in Châteauneuf-du-Pape 3. Try Bandol’s Mourvèdre wines Cheap flights to Touloncenter_img Provence Flight Deals, Experience Provence from 31£Check prices now Read more about Provence 8. Enjoy the wine and art at Chateau la Coste 5 Events in Provence, to add to your listFind out more Fly to Avignon and discover Provence Cheap flights to Marseille Cheapest month to travel to Avignon Fly to Avignon Raise a glass to Bandol’s signature wine – the intensely flavoured, robust reds from the Mourvèdre grape. The dry hills above Bandol are covered in fragrant scrubland called garrigue – the ideal climate for this rustic wine to flourish. It’s often blended with other grapes such as Grenache or Cinsault, but don’t miss the chance to drink it in all its full-bodied splendour. Search flights to Marseille Wander through the Luberon and the Durance area and you’ll soon find you’re in an enormous kitchen garden. Orchards and fields full of Carpentras strawberries, Cavaillon melons, figs, cherries, saffron and olives will keep your appetite on the boil. Then take a ramble through the woods on the hunt for truffles and wild mushrooms. Search flights to Marseille Spend the day with the team at Aventurières du Goût and you’ll soon find out how easy it is to forage for delicious edible goodies. In the foothills of Mont Ventoux, you’ll be taken for walks through the free larder that’s the provençal countryside, and afterwards you’ll be shown how to turn your pickings into a gorgeous meal. 5. Forage for food and learn how to cook it 7. Buy a calisson d’Aix biscuit straight from the factory shop 10. Go on a wine safari on a volcano *DISCLAIMER: Published 18 June, 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability. RelatedExploring Provence: 10 Things to Add to Your Bucket ListProvence landscapes are like something out of a dream – all those shimmering lavender fields, turquoise waters and gently rolling hills of olive groves and vineyards. Here are just a few ways of getting the most out of this delectable region.Experience Provence Like a LocalThe sights, sounds and scents of Provence will instantly put you under their spell. But if you really want to get under the skin of this sunny slice of southern France, follow the locals and try some of these experiences.Getaway to the real South of France from £32 returnFancy jetting off to sunnier climes? Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a two week break you’re looking for, we have found the cheapest flight deals, last minute flight deals and best times to go to Provence. In partnership with Atout France and Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region Cheapest Flight Deals There are…last_img