My perfect day in Bandol
Take a brisk walk along Bandol’s seafront, dropping into the Oenothèque des Vins de Bandol to get a feel for the appellation’s range of wines. Then drive east for about 20 minutes...
Take a brisk walk along Bandol’s seafront, dropping into the Oenothèque des Vins de Bandol to get a feel for the appellation’s range of wines. (Pick up a price list to speed up shopping later). Then drive east for about 20 minutes to Domaine de Terrebrune near Ollioules, allowing time for a cellar tour, tasting and stroll among the vines.
La Table du Vigneron at Terrebrune is the obvious choice, providing the chance to sample the estate’s finely crafted wines with different dishes.
A 25-minute drive back west and then inland will bring you to Domaine Tempier in the heart of the Bandol appellation. The single-vineyard wines are justly revered but the finely tuned Cuvée Classique remains a star in its own right. From here it’s only a hop to imposing Château de Pibarnon, perched on a hill with its own amphitheatre of vines. White, rosé and red are all outstanding.
Evening and overnight
At Hostellerie Bérard in the flower- filled village of La Cadière-d’Azur (just 10 minutes’ drive from Pibarnon), comfortable rooms are outshone by exquisite food in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. While dishes are pricey, the weekday option to choose three courses from the full menu for €50 is terrific value.
Translated by Sylvia Wu / 吴嘉溦
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