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reservations necessary?

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reservations necessary?

We are planning to take a day trip to CDP from Aix on Saturday April 19, 2014. Do the wineries require reservations? What about Les Caves Saint Charles? We don't know our schedule exactly, so we were hoping to just drive in and do some tastings and also purchase some . Thanks in advance for your help.

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1. Re: reservations necessary?

The only winery we wanted to visit, Beaucastel, requires advance reservations and may not be able to always accommodate visitors. They also used to offera tour in English. You may want to google and see how to reserve. There are many wine cooperatives in the village itself, where you can taste wine of many producers.

You may also want to visit/taste Gigondas, Vacqueyras, and Beaumes de Venise (dessert wine is delicious) wines, which are just as wonderful as Chateauneuf du Pape wines, if not more so.

BTW, there were some posts of car break-ins in the village of Chateauneuf du Pape. Do not have any luggage with you on the day you plan to visit and leave nothing visible in your rental car.

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2. Re: reservations necessary?

If you plan to visit small wineries, be aware that many close for the long Provençal lunch hour: 12 to 3.

Gigondas is an especially good place to visit, as on the town square there is a tasting room featuring a wide variety of regional wines.

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