A passage by this mythical summit, the Giant of Provence, is essential.
Because of their richness and the variety of fauna and flora, certain areas of Ventoux have been classified
Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO.
Bedoin, Crillon Le Brave, the closest between vineyards, olive trees and cherry trees.
To the east, Sault and Aurel on the Albion plateau, in the middle of lavender and spelled fields.
Venasque former capital of our region, the Comtat Venaissin, from the 6th to the 9th century, Le Beaucet, Blauvac, Flassan to the south.
Finally, to the west, Le Barroux, Gigondas, Séguret and, of course, Vaison La Romaine are among the many surrounding Provençal villages with typical landscapes steeped in history.
We will help you discover them by the small roads and paths, in short or longer walks, through coombs and gorges, hamlets and chapels, without forgetting the traditional Provençal markets so colorful and warm.
Over the seasons, the colors, flavors and scents of Provence come into play.
The blossoming of the almond trees and then the cherry trees heralds spring, while asparagus and strawberries from Carpentras appear on the markets.
Along the paths, the yellow flowers of the broom scent the atmosphere and we peck at the first cherries.
When the sun is hotter,
we find with so much pleasure the forgotten tastes of gently ripened fruits and vegetables; tomatoes, apricots, peaches and melons.
The bewitchingly scented lavender fields illuminate the landscapes with their deep blue
After the summer heat, the air becomes lighter, the Muscat du Ventoux can be enjoyed in the shade of the arbours. Autumn has arrived, the harvest is over, the vines are adorned with gold and the cherry trees with purple. From the first frosts of winter, you can hear the mistral whistling, and the picking of the olives begins, which will give this oil so colorful and fragrant.
Still a few frosts to wait before setting off in search of the precious black truffles that we will share with friends by the crackling oak fire.
All these pleasures
we will help you discover them,
away from busy roads...
taking the time.
The smallest hillside is covered with vines, with many grape varieties - grenache, cinsault, mourvèdre, syrah, viognier, chardonnay - and the accession to the AOC Ventoux appellation came to reward many years of work and efforts of local winegrowers to promote the quality and character of their wines. www.aoc-ventoux.fr
Thanks to a rich terroir, the natural sweet wine of Beaumes de Venise, but also the black table grapes which benefit from the AOC Muscat du Ventoux, have inimitable tastes.
Lavender and aromatic plants
Emblematic treasure of the highlands of Provence, this "little" mountain plant gives to admire fabulous landscapes and an essential oil with magical virtues.
Like lavender, rosemary, thyme, oregano, savory, sage grows spontaneously on these dry hills, participating in the characteristic plant universe of the scrubland. This multitude of aromatic herbs give Provençal cuisine this incomparable flavor.
The olive tree, a typical tree of Mediterranean landscapes, is obviously very present in our region.
The many varieties of olives - the Grossanne, the Picholine, the Verdale typical of the Comtat Venaissin and the Tanche specific to the country of Nyons - can be eaten in many ways: to eat as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to salads, in tapenade, mashed potatoes of olives, and of course in oil. To know everything about the exciting world of the olive: www.afidol.org
Fruits and vegetables
From the Middle Ages, market gardening developed in the region thanks to the first irrigation works (1235).
The cherry trees particularly appreciate this exceptional terroir, and the valleys around Sainte Colombe form a natural setting for the production of the famous Monts de Venasque cherry.
This rich agricultural plain also produces strawberries from Carpentras, orange apricots from Provence, melon from Cavaillon and black truffles from Ventoux.
The European Fruits and Vegetables Center located in Avignon proves the importance of these crops in the landscapes and the economic life of the region.