This pre-cruise land program is available to book for all confirmed group members. For complete description and pricing contact Food & Wine Trails.
We invite you to spend two-nights in the Cote d’Azur’s charming city of Nice and explore France’s smallest appellation located in the wine region of Provence, Bellet. The Côte d'Azur, also known as the French Riviera, is one of Europe's most glamorous summer holiday destinations. It twists and turns along the southern coast of France for a little less than 100 miles, and is dotted with glitzy legends such as St. Tropez and Cannes. The heart of the Côte d'Azur lies in the city of Nice and in the hills just behind is the appellation of Bellet. Here the vineyards are terraced and the soil is full of pebble stones, sand & clay. The area is kissed by the sun and benefits from fresh winds from the Alps and, in the afternoon, humid winds from the sea. One of the first regions in France rewarded with the AOC in 1941, Bellet consists of only 1,600 acres, 120 of those are grown between 650 -1,000 feet above sea level. Today there are eleven producers who proudly claim to bottle an AOC Bellet wine. Many are family-owned and operated small boutique wineries with an annual output of less than two hundred thousand bottles a year.
You will be guided by our Provence wine specialist, who has come to know many of the region’s master chefs and vintners, as you visit and tour the region’s best restaurants and vineyards.