Are you passionate about wine and looking to become an expert?
Go sailing with Sébastien on board an amazing catamaran to discover Provence's vineyards whilst comparing them with the best grapes from all over France.
This wine-themed cruise along the French Riviera combines sailing, wine-tasting, and visiting vineyards on the Mediterranean coast in Cassis, Bandol, and Porquerolles. To stay one step ahead and to give yourself a taste of the richness of the Cassis vineyards, click here.
This exceptional cruise will allow you to discover the beauty of the Mediterranean. Sébastien will share all the secrets of Provence's vineyards with you and, if you wish, you can take part in the catamaran's manoeuvres. There's nothing like it for an unforgettable holiday! You'll be able to explore your passion for wine in a unique way!
The cruise will depart from the port of Gapeau in Hyères. Every day you'll sail with the wind in order to make a stop every evening to enjoy a themed evening organised by Sébastien.
There are also several visits and tasting events planned with wine-growers, including one cru classé.
On the first evening, you'll stop over in the Calanques. You'll enjoy an incredible panoramic view for your special evening based on the theme of Champagne. Sébastien will tell you the history of champagne as well as the methods of producing it. Following this, you'll taste four champagnes including the star Champagne CHAPUY Grand Cru.
Caviar, bottarga, and other delicacies will add the final touches to your evening...
The following day, you'll set sail for Cassis. During this day, you'll be able to enjoy dips in the turquoise waters of the coves. This second evening will have the theme of unconventional vineyards. You'll then find out about the history of two little known wine-growing regions and be able to taste wines such as Chatus and Chenin Sec... The Coteaux du Saillant will be in the spotlight for this second evening, accompanied by foie grais and confit.
Expect surprises which will deepen your knowledge of wine!
After an exceptional evening and night on board the catamaran, you'll sail towards Porquerolles. To find out more about this charming island, click here.
At sunset, on the deck of the boat, you'll discover the wines of Provence with Sébastien and in particular the different AOCs which exist.
He is great specialist and will guide you through the tasting of delicious wines from the vineyards of Blaque Pierrevert, Bagnol Cassis and Château Callissanne Coteaux in Aix-en-Provence.
You'll then continue your journey to make a stop in Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer. This Provençal village nestled around a port is certain to charm you. It has been said that this village has its own micro climate! What we're sure of is that its natural beaches are beautiful and the panoramic view from the coastal path is incredible. You can have your fill of peaceful and picturesque spots. After exploring this authentically charming village, you'll spend a wonderful evening based around wines from Bordeaux. History, terroir, grape varieties, AOC, and classifications. Nothing will be overlooked on this evening as you relax with your feet in the water.
In particular you'll taste a Saint-Emilion Château Cantenac 2004, a Sauterne Château Filhot 2008 as well as a Pessac Leognan Château Carbonnieux 2006.
For this day at sea, you'll sail in the direction of Sanary-sur-Mer. Breathtaking views, perfecting your sailing knowledge... make the most of this dream day!
The evening will be themed around wines of the Rhône. This wine-growing region is spread over six French departments: Rhône, Loire, Ardèche, Gard, Drôme and Vaucluse. Click here to find out more about the vineyards of the Rhône.
The wine-growers of the Ardèche will be in the spotlight on this final evening!
On Friday, you'll enjoy a final sail in the morning towards the port of Gapeau where you'll disembark and finish the trip off with a glass of champagne before the meal. Cheers!
Cruise in Provence or Normandy on the theme of oenology with Sébastien! Enjoy the sensations of sailing affiliated with the pleasure of oenology on an unforgettable sea cruise.
The fun adventure begins.
The skipper sleeps in the middle
The skipper cooks, you put your feet up!
By car, train, or plane.
The port of Gapeau is only 4 minutes away from Toulon/Hyères Airport
and there are direct flights from Paris - Toulon/Hyères.