If you’re traveling to Southern France; the Cotes de Provence region is a must visit and best explored by car. It is the largest appellation of the Provence wine region. It covers thousands of acres of vineyards, which produce the vast majority of Provence’s Rosé wine. I love drinking Rosé so I thought a wine tasting trip to the region was simply perfect.
We were staying at Nice for few days, and apparently, there are a lot of options for wine tasting nearby; we decided to take a scenic drive out to see Chateau de Saint Martin. With its strong historical past, rich architectural heritage, oh! and award winning wines; there was no way we could skip this wine estate.
As we arrived in this place, we instantly fall in love. Perfect place to spend a quiet time with my Sweetie. It was during the week and we lucked out in that we were the only people around. It was pure bliss!
So finally our food arrived and it was one of the most enjoyable meals I have ever had. I had such a great lunch tasting all the goodies and talking about the place with my husband. The personal service we had was awesome and the price of it all was a fraction of what we paid at the tourist traps in Nice. To top the meal off we managed to taste some foie gras along with their award-winning Rosé.
After our lunch, we walked around the property. It was peaceful and beautiful – a prince and princess day walk:) Here are few pictures that I managed to save; unfortunately, I accidentally deleted a bunch of photos I took from my phone’s camera. Boooo….
I enjoyed the walk around the property. It was simply gorgeous… the flowers, the vineyard, and the view made it one of my favorite places to go back to.
Château de Saint Martin was established in the 18th century and has been supplying wine to fine restaurants and cellars all over the world for decades. The estate has been passed down the generations from mother to daughter since 1740. Renowned for it’s red, pink and white wines which are classified Cru Classe de Provence, this place is a must visit.
FYI: Cru Classe corresponds with the best traditional wines of Bordeaux, France from first growth or premier crus to fifth growth cinquie`mes crus.
In the chateau, they offer 5 rooms to rent (bed and breakfast), each one decorated in a different century style.
And in the summer, the family swimming pool is open for the guests. Guests will also be able to visit the ancient cellar, and taste their “Cru Classé” wines.
Next time, we will definitely stay for few days… with the kids of course 🙂
What is your favorite place that you would love to visit again?
Great spot for the fotoshoot! 🙂 France is full with various cute towns and vineries! Good to know one more, thank you for that! I wrote about great spots in Paris, good to know if you are in France: http://elysianmoment.com/paris/
This looks like the most perfect day! You guys seem to have really enjoyed yourselves. Beautiful pictures and if i’m ever in Nice (I hope I am!) I’ll be sure to reference this.
Will go anywhere there’s wine! Haha but seriously these all look like perfect spots for a day of wine tasting!
you had me at “thousands of acres of vineyards”, this is the place for me! Good French wine and good French food, in a castle…sounds like a fairytale.
Love your photos and experience!
Wow, this is absolutely stunning! Such a beautiful setting to enjoy trying delicious wines. I think staying in a chateau is such a lovely experience.
Looks like you had a great time! I definitely have to plan my next trip to France and I’ll keep in mind this spot. It looks amazing!
You had me at award winning rose! Love the story, love the pics, love your outfit! X
Ahh I’ve just BOOKED flights to the south of france but have no plan yet, this looks like somewhere we have to go to. the winery looks like a must visit, its so pretty.
YES!!! So beautiful:) Check out my other blog http://www.bon-bonvoyage.com/scenic-drive-on-the-french-riviera/
You guys enjoy!!! Happy Travels… xoxo
Absolutely love your outfit! And the photos are gorgeous. Whoever was taking your photograph knows what they’re doing! 🙂 Would love to visit this place; from what you’ve written and your photos, it seems like a really relaxing place. Happy blogging!
Thank You… It was a beautiful day and I was feeling beautiful hahaha My hubby took all the photos so I’ll have to let him read this lovely comment of yours:) Happy blogging and happy travels!!! xoxo
This place is so romantic! I hope I get to cross France off my bucket list this year! 🙂
Hey! My friend and i are thinking about going to Nice–found this super helpful, and gorgeous pictures as well! nice job!
What a lovely place. romance seems to be wafting fragrantly in the air. the vineyards, the chateau, the wine, all make for a romantic getaway. the fact that you had it all to yourself makes it all the more alluring.
I feel like a princess… having a great time in the castle:) hehehe It’s worth going….
What a romantic place to visit. And I will be able to because my daughter is moving to Livermore, California starting November this year!
Gorgeous pictures, Love your dress and the winery. we missed out on this during our trip there last summer, now i have a reason to go back!
Thank you:) Worth going back:) Thanks for dropping by… xoxo
you are right, this is a perfect ROMANTIC PLACE where to have lunch with your loved one. I love wineries, and who doesn’t like wine? A perfect getaway I would say.
Totally mesmerizing:) Hope you’ll get to visit this place:)
what an amazing place! your photos bring me right into the perfect getaway- let’s go!
Beautiful place and my golly… the Rose:) Bought 2 bottles home hehehe… Let’s go!!!
I can totally see why you fell in love with this place, gorgeous! Seems like a great place to stay too, very romantic, or family friendly by the sound of it! Thanks for sharing!
Yeah, perfect for couples and for families with “not too young kids”. The history of this place starts way back from the Roman times… we are impressed how well they preserved it.
i HAD LOTS OF FUN SHOOTING AT THIS LOCATION. sOME REQUIRED STACKING CONCRETE BRICKS TO GET THE RIGHT HEIGHT.
LOL baby…. all the pictures I took with you piling up those bricks were all deleted from my phone:( Thank you for putting up with me and for such a great photographer:) I cherish every moment spent with you; it’s those little things that counts:)
What a beautiful place! I love wineries so your little trip sounds perfect for me! Charcuterie and award winning wines – yum!!
Hi VIcki, thanks for dropping by… it was indeed a perfect getaway:) You’re few hours away… u can go and visit anytime. hihihi