Côte d’Azur – visit a local vineyard (2) - Al Fresco Holidays
Another good vineyard to look around is Domaine de Curebéasse – and this is only minutes away from Frejus. You could try both vineyards in one day, or just do one and incorporate it with some sight-seeing of the provencal countryside, including the lavender fields if the time is right.
Domaine de Curebéasse
Domaine de Curebéasse has a history of winemaking dating back to the 17th century, and for the last sixty years has belonged to the Paquette family, originally from Jura in eastern France. Jérôme Paquette is currently in charge of the estate, and also heads up the association of local wine producers – it’s largely thanks to his efforts that since 2005, the local wines can be labelled ‘Côtes de Provence Fréjus’ rather than simply ‘Côtes de Provence’.
And very good the wines are too. This being Provence, naturally there’s some rosé – the best is fresh, spicy ‘Angélico’, whilst the most unusual is the sparkling version called ‘Pré En Boule’. But do try the other wines, especially the rich ripe red called ‘Roches Noires’ – perfect for an evening barbecue. The estate is open all year round, including Sundays in summer. It’s closed for a couple of hours at lunchtime, but there’s a sheltered picnic area and a 2km walk round the property with plaques explaining the various activities in the vineyards. And if you fancy trying the wines before your holiday, they’re available in the UK from Thomas Panton in Tetbury, Gloucestershire (wineimporter.co.uk).
rond point de Curebéasse, 83600 Fréjus, tel:+33(0)4 94408790 fax: +33(0)4 94407518
Directions : From Frejus, head west on Rue du Général de Gaulle toward Rue de Craponne (220m). At Rond-Point de l’Appel du 18 Juin 1940, take the 1st exit onto Avenue de Verdun. Go through 1 roundabout (550m). Continue onto DN7 (550m). At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Rue des Combattants en Afrique du N/D4. Continue along the D4 through 3 roundabouts (3.8 km). Enter Rond-Point de Curebéasse.