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Snooth User: Anna Savino

Calling all Southern France experts!

Posted by Anna Savino, Jul 6, 2012.

Hi there! I am planning on doing a road trip through Provence and Southern Rhone this summer. I have a general idea of where to go but was wondering if any of you had any tips for affordable and fun wineries to visit or MUSTs in Southern France.


I was thinking Saint Tropez, Bandol, Cassis, Aix en Provence, Avignon, Tavel, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de- Venise, Chateauneuf de Pape 


what do you think?


Reply by JonDerry, Jul 6, 2012.

Wow, this is awesome...looking forward to your trip notes. Sounds like a great itinerary, especially considering you are doing Cassis. Would recommend doing your best to send back some of these rare wines somehow, many are impossible to find.

Haven't heard of much coming out of Saint Tropez though, that's a surprise.

Reply by Anna Savino, Jul 6, 2012.

Thanks! I am pretty excited about it too... Saint Tropez is just a stopping point.. a little bit of VIP action:) I will definitely report on interesting findings! Is there one winery in Cassis that you would recommend? As for sending stuff back.. no problem! I live in Italy...

Reply by JonDerry, Jul 6, 2012.

I'll have to check my cellar, there's a Sauvignon Blanc from Cassis I really like. And hey, if you're successful in bringing back a lot of wine, maybe we could look into doing some trading. I find myself thinking, if only I could have more Cassis in my cellar!

Thought that might be the case w/ Saint Tropez ; )


Reply by duncan 906, Jul 6, 2012.

I have been to St Tropez and it is a stuningly beautiful town.If you walk up to the citadel you get a lovely view of the town,the port,the church and the bay.It is a place frequented by the rich and famous;hence a lot of up-market restaurants,antique shops and women's dress shops.Take a stroll around the harbour to admire the serious yaughts and have a snack and a drink in one of the little bars or cafes.If you are interested in the wine of the area go to Grimaud,another little town surrounded by fields of vines with a medieval castle about five miles inland because there you will find a wine shop on the main street that sells wine from all the local Provencal producers and encourages customers to taste before buying.I did visit one of the actual producers close to Grimaud called Chateau Maures and bought a couple of nice bottles of red which I have long since consumed

Reply by lonnie adams, Jul 6, 2012.
  1.  to make your trip more affordable look at GITES de france for places to stay my favorite locale was Juan les Pins, don't neglect a quick run up to the mountains  the  alps
Reply by noellesteve, Jul 6, 2012.

Gordes, Les Baux, Arles, and Nimes are all great and are really close to Avignon.  If you get the chance, take the time to visit the canyon Verdon.  Moustiers is a good base.  

Reply by jtryka, Jul 7, 2012.

If you have a chance to get down that way, I would recommend stopping at Chateau des Karantes (, some wonderful wines along the Mediterranean coast, 11100 Narbonne Plage, tel. 04 68 43 61 70.  I met the winemaker at a tasting in 2008 and cannot recommend the wines enough!

Reply by Anna Savino, Jul 9, 2012.

wow thanks guys! noelle I have actually been to Verdon already! Fantastic... you are all getting me so excited to go. Must keep the trunk spacious enough for all these bottles. jtryka how much are the wines at Karantes? expensive?

Reply by jtryka, Jul 9, 2012.

I've only had a few of their wines, the Diamant is their top of the line, and I bought a half case of the 2005 vintage a couple years ago and it was about $40 per bottle, but the Rose I had over the weekend was just $9.  I think the rouge des Karantes was in the $20 range, and all were wonderful wines, but of course I like the diamant the best!  Also, keep in mind that I haven't been to the winery itself, but based on the photos they shared at the tasting, the vineyard has lovely views of the Mediterranean.

Reply by Mary John Baumann, DWS, Jul 12, 2012.

Hi Anna!

I have visited the southern Rhone often and can strongly recommend the following domaines:

BANDOL: D. Tempier is the benchmark for the region and Daniel Ravier is a masterful winemaker; Gros Nore for very expressive fruit forward rose's and rouge, Pibarnon and Pradeaux for more rustic styles.

CASSIS: Clos St Magdelaine: wonderful whites and roses  which pair perfectly with the fish soup or other seafood you will eat in town at the harborside.Take a walk along the cliffs at Cap Canaille

GIGONDAS: First of all, I suggest a hike through the Dentelles de Montmirail. Stunning Jurassic limestone rocks with Grenache vines cropped in neighboring vineyards. Suggest D. du Cayron in the town center, also St. Cosme for a broad range of southern and northern Rhone wines; lunch at l"Oustalet is a must in the center of the village. Les Pallieres is another gem owned by Kermit Lynch and the Brunier brothers of Vieux Telegraphe. Others: D. Les Goubert, D. Raspil-Ay, Ch, Redortier

CAIRANNE: Visit Bruno Boisson at D. Boisson, a passionate young winemaker who is a rising star. Then lunch at Le Tourne au Verre for their 12 Euro 3 course prix fix lunch - go early as it gets packed 

CHATEUNEUF DU PAPE: Many, many domaines here. Suggest you pick your favorite winemakers and set up appointments.

BEAUMES DE VENISE: Durban is a classic estate here.

Bon vacance!

Mary John


Reply by JonDerry, Jul 12, 2012.

Wow, a recommendation in Cassis, Mary that is something you don't see very often.

I have some Cassis Sauvignon Blanc and Mourvedre blends in my cellar, but after reading some tasting notes, it doesn't seem like I have any Clos Sainte Magdeleine. Though it does appear that Kermit Lynch imported it.

Was there last summer and had just enough time to sneak into the wine shop that offer tastings just as they opened, and was so impressed by the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc that I bought a few bottles to take home, and even though moderately priced, they're some of the most treasured bottles in my cellar.

Reply by Mary John Baumann, DWS, Jul 12, 2012.

Glad to hear you enjoy them as they are rare. The village itself is breathtaking.

Reply by Anna Savino, Jul 13, 2012.

OMG! now I really can't wait.. Mary you are the bomb! :) I will let you know about our travels in August! And you? Going to any wine regions?

Reply by Mary John Baumann, DWS, Jul 13, 2012.


Yes, I am visiting Piemonte the second week in September.

I am travelling with a fellow student of wine who works for Southern, so we have some very good visits lined up with various producers is Barolo, Barbaresco and Asti.

Any tips?




Reply by Anna Savino, Jul 16, 2012.

Wow! which wineries are you visiting? If you have time I know a great one you can visit near Alessandria, a great overall experience! Let me know where you are staying and what kind of tips you want and I would be happy to help! 




Reply by Mary John Baumann, DWS, Jul 16, 2012.

Hi Anna

Offhand the following are arranged:


Marchesi di Gresy






Conterno Fantino



Reply by Anna Savino, Jul 17, 2012.

sounds like a great well rounded lineup... you've got a little bit of everything in there! let me know what you thought of all them!

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