AUTHENTIC FRENCH EXPERIENCES IN COTE D’AZUR
While the Cote d’Azur is technically part of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region, we highlight it separately given its unique geography and cache! There is no official geographic boundary for the Cote d’Azur (also known as the French Riviera), but it is usually considered to be from Cassis or Toulon on the west to Menton at the France–Italy border in the east. You will find the famous Cotes de Provence rose wine in this region, the well-respected Bandol appellation with its famous reds, and Cassis where white wine is king. While it’s best known for its glamorous resort areas, the Cote d’Azur offers many charming villages and delicious local cuisine.
We are very excited to share the start of the exclusive and authentic experiences that we’ve uncovered in the Cote d’Azur for our clients! Stay tuned for more to come! Below are some examples that we can include in your custom-designed vacation itinerary!
SCENT OF A WOMAN
Known as one of the perfect locations to grow fragrant flowers, Grasse is the perfume capital of the world. Have a private visit at France’s oldest perfumerie (dating back to 1747), and work with an expert parfumeur (also called a “nose”) to create your very own perfume. Not only are Grasse flowers used for perfumes, they have long been a part of the human diet too. At a local shop of culinary delights, you will try a variety of preserves, jams, syrups and sweets made with flowers such as jasmine, roses and violets.
WINES - COTES DE PROVENCE APPELLATION
This is the largest wine appellation in all of Provence. Visit one award-winning vineyard with its delicious wines and breathtaking views of the Med. See another vineyard that while located in this appellation, does not reference the AOP on its label…giving the vineyard greater freedom in their blending processes.
WINES - BANDOL APPELLATION
Along the southern coastline, the Bandol Appellation produces premium reds that are full-bodied with strong tannins. Like many appellations across France, many are small, family-owned vineyards that produce amazing wines! You can visit their caves and simply taste their nectar, or spend more time with a gourmet lunch and an extensive tasting with the wine maker.