Open Hours: Visits & wine-tasting sessions by appointment.
Of course, Nice and its immediate surroundings aren't exactly world-renowned for their wine production. And yet, Nice is ... More
Château de Bellet
Of course, Nice and its immediate surroundings aren't exactly world-renowned for their wine production. And yet, Nice is the proud owner of a stretch of vineyards where the grapes are harvested and transformed into Appellation Contrôlee wine (wine carrying a guarantee of origin or 'AOC'), called Vin de Bellet (AOC certified since 1941). In the Saint-Romain district of Bellet, which has preserved a certain amount of cultivable land, the Bellet vineyard - among others - produces a nice little local wine with a subtle, attractive aroma. Connoisseurs or amateurs take note - Nice has some excellent wine too!
I was able to go there on a tour in the late summer of 2008. The ride to the location is breathtaking. I do not know how the bus driver was able to negotiate the turns on the road leading to the vineyard. Great view of the Southern Alps. One of the descendants of the Vinyard gave the tour. It was very interesting how locations on the grounds have been part of the family's history through marriage and death. Very interesting on why they grow certain grapes and the amount they can grow. After a tour of the vinyard and chapel we were given the opportunity to sample several of their wines with dishes that are popular in France. I liked them all. The wine really complimented the wines and visa versa. The cheese is excellent.........the wines are stellar. I have never tasted wine like that. Especially, the white wines. They were fruity and tasty. After reading this I do not know what you think. But I was once a football player and I am about 280 lbs. I thought it was excellent. I brought some bottles home for friend. It you have a chance, take the ride.
I don't have anything to compare it with, but we loved it! You'll love Nice nearby, with it's Flower Market. The guide was the owner and it has been in her family for generations. There was a very small, old chapel on the grounds that her great grandfather had built for his wife that had died. They did not take us to where they make the wine, which I would have liked to have seen, On the tour was a walk to the vineyard through the woods. Once at the vineyard (about 20 acres), the grandaughter told us about the soil and flowers that go into the wine. We then tasted three different wines in a long room that had a lot of family pictures and heirlooms that made it interesting. Loved it and would highly recommend it, although I don't have anything to compare.
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