If you’re a wine enthusiast, one of the advantages of living in Monaco and the French Riviera is the proximity to some of the best vineyards in Europe – particularly if you enjoy a glass of the pink drink.
Within close reach of us here in the Principality are the best rosé vineyards in the world and a helicopter from Monaco to Saint-Tropez and beyond can take you on a wine tour to remember to some of the finest estates in the region.
We’re delighted that Master of Wine Rod Smith from the Riviera Wine Academy has selected his top Provence vineyards to visit by helicopter from Monaco. These vineyards have a helipad, making them the perfect destination for a corporate incentive to impress; birthday, anniversary or another special event to celebrate; or simply a day out to remember.
Château de Saint Martin, Taradeau
One of the only 18 Cru Classés – the greatest properties recorded in Provence in 1955, St Martin is a female dynasty (passing from Countess to Countess for eleven generations) and the maker of some of the regions very finest rosés, but also reds and whites. Delightful people.
Château d’Esclans, Le Muy
This is the property of the charismatic Sacha Lichine, creator of the world’s best and certainly most expensive rosé, Garrus, alongside the global smash-success, Whispering Angel (now the largest selling Appellation French wine in the USA). I love the Napa Valley-esque tasting room.
Château Sainte Roseline, Les Arcs
Château Sainte Roseline is home to art-collector owners, some brilliant wines (especially the Lampe de Meduse range), and of course the famous Chapelle de Sainte Roseline with the most magnificent mural by Marc Chagall. I also highly recommend the Michelin Starred Relais des Moines restaurant nearby.
Château de Berne, Lorgues
At Château de Berne the wine range is extensive, with some fine examples, and the setting and property are majestic. Noted for its very fine hotel, spa and Michelin-starred restaurant which have all recently been restored at huge expense.
Chêne Bleu, La Verrière
Xavier and Nicole Rolet’s exquisitely restored property at Chêne Bleu in Crestet is one of the jewels of the whole of the South of France, and the wines are to match, with their fusion of Provençal and Rhône style.
With thanks to Rod Smith, Riviera Wine Academy.