- La Drôme: Set in an old silk factory, the Distillery of the Vercors will be producing a single malt organic whisky for the first time in spring 2016. The bio barley is grown in the surrounding fields and combines perfectly with the area’s crystal clear waters. The first glass of whisky however is some time off – three years in fact – as the liqueur needs to be aged in oak barrels. The business is open to the public for visits however and in the future, tasting tours is on the cards.
- Vaucluse: Splashworld – the first French themed water park in France – is fully open this year, covering five hectares within a 35-acre area of woodland near Beaulieu in Monteux. Think water slides, rafting, canoeing, fishing, fitness trails, surf simulators, a beach – and you won’t be disappointed.
- L’Ardeche: Sleep in a bubble! Stay at Nuits D’y Cîmes where guests are offered the opportunity to stay one night in a transparent bubble, falling asleep looking up at the stars, waking up looking out over countryside. The rest of the stay will be in the property’s more traditional contemporary styled rooms.
- Le Gard: Vignes Toquées 2016 – This year, the wine growers of the AOC Costières de Nîmes have arranged two days of gastronomic walks though thirty or so vineyards with wine-tasting superbly complemented by the delicious food of Michelin star chef Fabien Fage of Le Prieuré Baumanière in Villeneuve-lez-Avignon.. Walks leave between 09.45 and 13.15 – 28th & 29th May 2016 – cost – €55 per person.
Photographic credits: A.Renaud-Goud / Muriel Akermann / Alain Hocquel / Matthieu Dupont / Lionel Pascale / Villa Montesquieu / Valerie Biset / Jérôme Ubassy
Notes to Editors: Southern France is an umbrella association promoting the Ardèche, Drôme, Gard, Vaucluse, Vallée du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Wines. The four departments run across three different regions (Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur – Auvergne Rhône Alpes – Languedoc Roussillon Midi Pyrénées), their collaboration enables visitors to discover a coherent geographic area along the Rhône Valley. Strong common themes are authentic and perched villages, great natural or architectural sites, outdoor activities and, of course, Rhône Valley vineyards. So think sunshine, authenticity, heritage, nature and the art of living which is of course – food and wine!