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LAND OF AOC

  • Distance Course : 69.35 km
  • Travel time : 00h55m
  • Displacement : 2 jours
  • Tour By car
  • This tour has 3 stage(s) over 69.35 km
Audience:
Ecological
Family
Gastronomic
Unusual
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A benevolent natural environment and a favourable climate mean that the soil of PROVENCE PAYS D’ARLES is superb, producing six recognised products: the Camargue Bull AOP, Camargue rice, Wine from the Vallée des Baux de Provence AOP, Olive Oil from the Vallée des Baux AOP, the Cracked Green Olive AOP and the Black Olive AOP. You cannot leave until you have tasted them all!

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DAY ONE:
Your discovery of PROVENCE PAYS D’ARLES begins in the heart of Camargue, in the Domaine Paul Ricard de Méjanes. This 800-hectare agricultural estate is used for cattle rearing and rice growing and is open to the public. A small train takes you on a tour of the Domaine, allowing you to get close to the Camargue bulls in their natural environment; these are the bulls which give us the Taureau de Camargue AOC meat. It is available to buy in many local butchers' shops and directly from the herds. After this outdoor visit, head to Mas de Valériole in Gageron, a few kilometres away, for a wine-tasting session. The vineyard extends over two properties, where traditional grape varieties and new vines grow side-by-side. The Domaine focuses on quality, with integrated, environmentally-friendly agriculture. Here you can also buy PGI Camargue Rice, the symbolic product of Camargue. After this busy morning, continue as far as Sambuc, where two restaurants have included AOP meat on their menus: L’Estrambord and La Chassagnette. Spend your afternoon visiting the Rice Museum, where you will learn how this crop arrived and developed in Camargue. Then continue to the vast beaches of Salin-de-Giraud to discover the coastal side of Camargue.

DAY TWO: There is a change of surroundings for this new day dedicated to the appellations of the Alpilles. Visit the Cooperative Mill of Mouries, which brings together the producers of the largest oil-producing commune in France. This visit will allow you to discover the traditional and modern olive oil-producing methods of the Vallée des Baux de Provence, guided by a master-miller. The highlight of the visit is an introduction to oil tasting in front of the ancient press in the old Mill. When you leave Mouries, go to Maussane-les-Alpilles to visit the Jean Martin Boutique, where this Provençal brand displays its entire range of products on its traditional production site. You can then go to Saint-Rémy de Provence, taking a magnificent road which passes close to Baux-de-Provence and crosses the Alpilles chain between vine-growing estates (Mas de la Dame and Mas Sainte-Berthe), olive groves and pine forests. At the Calanquet Mill in Saint-Rémy de Provence, the Brun family has been cultivating its passion for olives for five generations. You will have the opportunity to visit the mill and taste the products of the estate, including black and green table olives, olive oil, tapenades and all kinds of gourmet delicacies. Some estates offer two different products by growing vines and olives, such as the Domaine de Dalmeran in Saint-Etienne du Grès, which is your next stop. In the cellar, you can taste the reds, rosés and whites of the Vin des Baux de Provence AOP. This very popular appellation includes 15 producers spread throughout Les Baux de Provence and the 6 communes which surround the village.

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Musée du Riz

The rice Museum

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In the heart of Camargue, ideally placed in the middle of rice plantations, the Rice Museum is a place steeped in history.

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Petit Manusclat, Le Sambuc,
13200
06 38 16 56 90
http://www.museeduriz.fr/musee.php
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Moulin à huile coopératif du Mas Neuf

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Cooperative mill and old mill shop; old and new fittings: former 'blood press', granite millstone and new continuous production line.
Les Beaux architecture constructed in 1626, production of cold-pressed extra virgin Vallée des Baux AOC olive oil.

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Path, Du Mas Neuf,
13890
04 90 47 53 86
http://www.moulincoop.com
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Le Mas de la Dame aux Baux-de-Provence

Mas de la Dame

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The Mas de la Dame, with a surface area of 57 hectares of vines and 27 of olive groves, is legendary as it is said to have been the retirement home of a mysterious 'Lady' whom the troubadours used to sing about.

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RD, 5 - Route de St-Rémy,
13520
04 90 54 32 24
http://www.masdeladame.com

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