Accommodations: Hotel Les Roches Blanches - https://roches-blanches-cassis.com/en/
The journey then leads from the Camargue to the magical fishing village of Cassis, just east of Marseille. Here we will stay for two days and nights at the Hotel Les Roches Blanches, a five-star beauty that sits on a promontory overlooking the port of Cassis, filled with small fishing boats.
During these days, we will visit three of the outstanding estates within the Rosenthal Wine Merchant gallery of wineries:
(1) Domaine du Bagnol in Cassis
(2) Chateau Pradeaux, the finest estate of Bandol which has been in the hands of the Portalis family for over 250 years
and (3) Chateau Simone, the singular wine of Palette and the property of the Rougier family since the early 1800s.
Our immersion in wine will be matched by a wondrous excursion on the sea to explore the Calanques, the bays and soaring cliffs that mark the part of the Mediterranean between Marseille and La Ciotat. We will be joined by an expert on oceanography and geology who will explain the sea’s effect on the viniculture of the area. Dining on the freshest catch of the sea at the Brasserie du Corton at Villa Madie and the boisterous Le Grand Large will assure we are well-fed.