Welcome to Mont Ventoux


Because of the mountain’s dimensions, every European climate type is represented here, from Mediterranean on its lower southern reaches to Arctic on its exposed northern ridge. As you climb, temperatures can plummet by 20°C, and the fierce mistral wind blows 130 days a year, sometimes at speeds of 250km/h. Bring warm clothes and rain gear, even in summer. You can ascend by road year-round, but you cannot traverse the summit from 15 November to 15 April.

The mountain’s diverse fauna and flora have earned the mountain Unesco Biosphere Reserve status. Some species live nowhere else, including the rare snake eagle.

Three gateways – Bédoin, Malaucène and Sault – provide services in summer, but they're far apart.


Top experiences in Mont Ventoux

Travel guides

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Mont Ventoux activities

$137.27 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Rhone Valley Wine Tour from Avignon: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Ventoux and Tavel

Leave your central Avignon hotel by luxury minivan and head northeast in the direction of Mont Ventoux – amusingly nicknamed the ‘Beast of Provence’ in recognition of its status as the region’s largest mountain. Lasting just over an hour, your journey passes through swathes of picture-perfect Provence countryside, dotted with vineyards that produce the grapes for the Rhône Valley’s esteemed Ventoux wines.Stop at a wine estate in the foothills of Mont Ventoux for a tour of its cellars, fermenting rooms and bottling rooms, learning all about wine cultivation in the area as you go. Listen to your knowledgeable guide explain how all of your senses can discern your taste for different wines, and then discover it for yourself during a wine-tasting session. Sample up to five different wines (red, rosé and white) plus quality olive oils, and then take a stroll around the vineyards.Hop back into your minivan and travel to the charming town of Beaumes-de-Venise to explore independently or have lunch -- your guide will give tips for the best places to eat! In the afternoon continue your tour through the prestigious Rhône Valley, where you’ll visit two more wine estates. Sample crisp rosé wines at a chateau in the Tavel wine region, and then end your tour on a high note by sampling the internationally acclaimed Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine at another chateau. After learning all about the characteristics of these incredible Rhône Valley wines, return to your Avignon hotel where your tour ends.

$83.55 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Rhone Valley Wine Tour from Avignon

Leave your central Avignon hotel by air-conditioned minivan and head northeast in the direction of Mont Ventoux – Provence’s largest mountain at a height of 6,266 feet (1,910 meters). Just over an hour, your scenic journey passes through swathes of pristine Provence countryside, studded with vineyards that produce the grapes for France’s famous Ventoux wines.Head to a wine estate in the foothills of Mont Ventoux for a tour of its cellars, fermenting rooms and bottling rooms, learning all about wine cultivation in the region as you go. The Ventoux appellation (wine-making region) produces a mix of red, rosé and white Rhône Valley wines made primarily from grenache, syrah, cinsaut, carigan and mourvèdre grapes. Then it’s time for the highlight of your tour – a wine-tasting session featuring five of the best Ventoux wines! Listen to your knowledgeable guide explain how all of your senses can discern your taste for different wines. After looking closely at the colors of the wine, sniff their aromas, taste their flavors and feel their textures as you sip! Complete your chateau tour by strolling along the footpaths in the vineyards, seeing rows of immaculately kept grapevines. Your tour ends back at your Avignon hotel in the afternoon.