The "refined-rustic" Crillon Le Brave is one of the loveliest hotels in Provence. It's also one of the foodiest, offering a number of culinary and wine-themed experiences throughout the year. Here are the next three, coming up soon.
The Vendange Package will be offered two different weekends, Sept 16-19 and Sept 30-Oct 3. It lets you participate in the annual wine-grape harvest, with three nights accommodation, breakfast and dinner each day, and two half days of harvest activity at the Château Pesquie vineyard, where grape cultivation dates to the 14th century. With the vineyard's owner as your guide, you'll learn all about grape varietals and the wine making process...and do plenty of tasting of course.
In October, the hotel's well-known five-day six-night Cooking in Provence Program (Oct 17-23rd) will give you a crash course in the culture and cuisine of the region. You'll work in the kitchen with head chef Philippe Monti, then head out to visit village markets and meet local farmers, winemakers, food purveyors and more.
The hotel's Truffle and Wine Weekend, offered three times in October and November, is a fantastic opportunity to join one of Provence’s great truffiers as he sniffs out the black Périgord truffle known as the "black diamond." A truffle cooking demo is included, as is a visit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a tour and tasting and the option of squeezing in a visit to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue for antique shopping. This three-night, Thursday to Sunday package is offered Oct 28-31, Nov 11-14 and Nov 25-28.
Located at the top of a hill with commanding views over the countryside, the 32-room Crillon Le Brave, a Relais & Chateaux, is comprised of a collection of old village houses linked together by cobbled streets. It's located 25 miles northeast of Avignon and 75 minutes from the Marseille Airport, which is served by BA, EasyJet, Ryanair, Flybe and a number of other carriers. For more info or reservations: crillonlebrave.com, +33 (0)4 90 65 61 61.