A day in the south of France. It was every bit as dreamy as I’d hoped.
Provence was our first stop on our Mediterranean cruise (which I explained a little more about here). Jonathan and I split off from our large group because we had our hearts set on rosé wine tasting, in the area that is know for some of best rosé in the world! Before we left, I asked for vineyard recommendations from my favorite wine shop in Atlanta, Perrine’s Wine Shop. Perrine gave some amazing recommendations and we selected Minuty. Let’s just say..I hope I get to go back again some day.
One of Jonathan’s favorite things to do when we travel is to rent a car and experience a destination by navigating on our own. We scooped up a sky blue Fiat and hit the road to the countryside of France. The drive was exhilarating – we had the windows down and switched radio stations between local French music and American hits. Thank you, Justin Timberlake, for setting our soundtrack with ‘Can’t stop the feeling!’
We navigated our way to Minuty and got so excited as we drove down the dirt driveway that was lined with tall pink + white flowering bushes. I couldn’t help but admire the modern update on a classic French chateau when we pulled up! I snapped a photo and we walked inside to find a gorgeous modern tasting room. We were greeted by Emilie (who we came to love!) and she suggested that we take a walk around the grounds before starting our tasting. The vines were absolutely gorgeous and it makes my heart beat faster to just recall the chapel + chateau that we happened upon.
After strolling around the property, we ended back inside the tasting room to sip some of the most delicious (and prettiest!) rosé we’ve ever had. We had the room and Emilie all to ourselves, so we just took our time + chatted with Emilie about the Provencal way. It was a delight. We chose a rosé to bring back with us and Emilie directed us to the perfect spot for lunch in St. Tropez.
St. Tropez is on the French Riviera and was made famous by stars like Brigitte Bardot in the fifties. It remains a classic luxury destination! Jonathan and I were puzzled as we followed Emilie’s directions, which took us down an unassuming stretch of dirt road. We finally pulled up to a parking attendant at the Plage de Pampelonne (Pampelonne Beach) and we were still unsure as to what we would find because the dirt parking lot was filled with exotic luxury cars. We parked our sky blue Fiat in between the Maseratis and Porsches, and made our way to a wooden board walk. The boardwalk felt like it transported us, as we soon stood in front of stunning turquoise water + a posh beachside restaurant. Everyone was having rosé bottle service delivered to their tables, overlooking a beach clad with colorful umbrellas. It was like nothing I had ever seen – it was so attractive and exciting! Jonathan and I had the best time having lunch and taking it all in.
We soon had to hop back into our sky blue Fiat and make it back to our ship. Everyone always asks me what my favorite stop was on our trip and there is no way I could ever pick a favorite – but this was one of my favorite days ever.
Au revoir, Provence! We will be back!