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Top Choice French in Gigondas

L'Oustalet

For a slap-up spoil, this Michelin-starred wonder owned by the wine-making Perrin family is the place. Using produce from his own kitchen garden, chef Laurent Deconinck creates delicious, refined dishes rooted in th…
Chateau in Le Barroux

Château du Barroux

Built in the 12th century to protect Le Barroux from Saracen invaders, Château du Barroux is one of Provence's few castles. Its fortunes rose and fell, but its last indignity was in WWII, when retreating Germans set…
French in Le Barroux

Les Géraniums

The Geraniums makes a sweet spot for a country lunch (washed down with a glass of local wine, of course). It's a century-old old auberge – beamed inside, with a fine terrace outside – and the food is first-rate. Ups…
Food in Beaumes-de-Venise

Moulin à Huile de la Balméenne

Alongside its wines, Beaumes-de-Venise also has a long tradition of olive-growing – and its oils are much-prized. This old mill, in business since 1867, makes a fine place to learn more about the process – and stock…
Provencal in Suzette

Les Coquelicots

Seasonal ingredients underpin everything at this charming village restaurant, so the menu changes throughout the year – but the flavours are always 100% Provençal. It's a sweet spot to dine, with a little terrace an…
Church in Le Barroux

Abbaye Ste-Madeleine

Two kilometres north of Le Barroux along thread-narrow lanes, this abbey hears Gregorian chants sung by Benedictine monks at 9.30am daily (10am Sundays and holidays). The Romanesque-style monastery, built in the 198…