Vaucluse Tourism Highlights

Opening of the wine school at the Carré du Palais

The magnificent 18th century mansion of Calvet de la Palun, one of the last mansions built in Pontifical Avignon and formerly the Bank de France, is the ideal setting for showcasing the wines of the Rhône Valley. The restaurant and wine bar opened in the spring of 2017, and the wine school in November of the same year.

Discovery and transmission of knowledge are the order of the day in this new space, which aims to be both accessible and educational. You can register for one of the two classes held each week – on Fridays and Saturdays – depending on your level of knowledge and what you wish to gain from the classes. The Friday evening class is intended for novices who wish to begin learning about the wines of the Rhône Valley, whereas the Saturday morning classes explore specific themes in greater detail, for example a certain appellation. You can choose between: Discovery of the Gigondas appellation, the Grenache grape variety in all its many forms, the Rhône Valley: North vs South, and many more.

Make the most of this light and bright space, as well as the handouts – well-made posters or notebooks, both attractive and well thought-out. The speakers are supplied by the prestigious Suze-la-Rousse University of Wine, and are eager to share their knowledge in a friendly manner, responding to all questions, whether simple or requiring in-depth understanding.
Until now, Avignon – capital of the Côtes du Rhône – was notably lacking a wine school. Now, this has been thoroughly rectified!

Practical Info

Each Friday, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.
One Saturday per month, food and wine pairing workshop, from 10am to 2pm (lunch included).

Prices from €39 to €89. Maximum number of participants: 18.


Carré du Palais
1, Place du Palais à Avignon – heading Ecole des Vins

Press service: T. 33(0)4 90 27 24 16 –

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