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“Bandol Wine Tours - a wonderful excursion”

Bandol and Riviera Wine Tours
Ranked #1 of 2 Food & Drink in Bandol
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: From the very best Rose wines in the world to fabulous Red wines using the exclusive Mourvedre grape, and some bright refreshing White wines, the vineyards of the AOC Bandol have so much to offer both the newcomer to the world of wine and the serious connoisseur. We will be delighted to show you these and our particular part of Paradise here in the South of France with Bandol Wine Tours, picking you up straight from your Hotel or your Cruise ship. Riviera Wine Tours offer the same with the AOC Provence around the glamorous St Tropez, and the grand AOC of Bellet near Nice. We also offer guided tours of the entire region, showing the lovely and stylish Monaco, Antibes and Cannes etc to your order.
Reviewed August 16, 2013

Richard picked my wife and I up at the cruise port and guided us through a wonderful tour of 2 Bandol wineries. We learned a great deal about the wine making process in Bandol and why the Bandol region creates some unique and excellent wines. We really enjoyed the gastronomic lunch at the first winery. Richard was extremely accomodating, and the excursion is much better than those offered by the ship. If you have only one day to spend in this region, this is an excellent way to make the most of your time.

Thank Joel G
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

A group of 4 toured the wine region with Richard on a tour excursion during a recent cruise to the Mediterranean. Richard picked us up on time in Toulon and provided an unforgettable experience while in port. Richard was very entertaining and accommodating (stopping in a beautiful port town to visit an ATM) and you could tell that the enjoyment of his guests was his first priority. During our 6 or so hours with Richard we visited 3 wineries in the Bandol region that offered a varied and unique look at how the smaller wineries both compete and cooperate with each other. The tastings were fantastic and informative with each location eager to show how they approached the process. On their own, each winery offers a basic tasting that is great experience, but because Richard has a personal relationship with each, they go further with his groups. My favorite was tasting the same wine through various vintages and to taste how the wine ages and they even tap into some of their reserves with him. Pressure to purchase bottles from each is very small- but it doesn't need to be any more because your are going to want to get at least a bottle from each. The wine was just the beginning of the experience. The scenery and tour of the countryside were worth it without the wine (well almost). What was unexpected was the tour of hillside that offered breathtaking views and a bit of adventure (those one lane paths to the wineries were so much fun). Lunch was fabulous as well. Richard walked with us through a great hillside town and left us for a leisurely gourmet lunch that pleased the tastebuds greatly. Not a bad view either!

We were back in plenty of time for the ship even with the short stop in port. Our only regret is that we didn't take Richard up on his offer for one last drink in the final seaside town he took us through. The first day out, we were a bit nervous about getting back... but we should of and regretted it because Richard really does take a genuine interest in giving his guests all he can.

In the end, we highly recommend this tour.. From Toulon, there are not a ton of options, but you don't need to look any further. If you enjoy wine and a bit of adventure, I promise it is well worth it. We came back to the ship and talked to others and certainly saw jealously in others as we told them about our day.

2  Thank jmkill
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

My wife and I had a wonderful tour of the Bandol wine region. We really learned a lot about the the entire process from planting/harvesting all the way to bottling and labeling the wine. We had the full day tour with a picnic and the food and scenery were amazing. Richard picked us up from the cruise port and returned us to the port with plenty of time to spare. All of the vineyards that we visited were very hospitable and did a great job of explaining the production process. I would certainly recommend this tour to anybody who loves wine and is looking for a great experience in the Provence area.

1  Thank Steven D
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Had a wonderful full day tour of 3 different regions. The people who organised this were very polite and helpful - the highly of our visit to Southern France. The wine and food were also top class and we're already planning our next visit, next summer.

Thank John A
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

I'm a great lover of classic French wines and have spent much time exploring the commune of Pauillac and sampling the elegant vins de Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Pontet-Canet and Château Cos d’Estournel and the monumental Château Latour. The wines of Bandol were, until now, unknown to me and in fact a revelation. This tour was a real eye-opener. I am now a passionate advocate of the Mouvedre grape and buy Bandol wines from our favourite merchant in London. The tour guide was a mine of fascinating information and the whole experience was the highlight of our holiday in Provence. Stunning places to visit, too!

3  Thank phduk
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