My perfect day in Bandol

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Bandol

Morning

Take a brisk walk along Bandol’s seafront, dropping into the Oenothèque des Vins de Bandol* to get a feel for the appellation’s range of wines. (Pick up a price list to speed up shopping later). Then drive east for about 20 minutes to Domaine de Terrebrune near Ollioules, allowing time for a cellar tour, tasting and stroll among the vines.

Lunch

La Table du Vigneron at Terrebrune is the obvious choice, providing the chance to sample the estate’s finely crafted wines with different dishes.

Afternoon

A 25-minute drive back west and then inland will bring you to Domaine Tempier in the heart of the Bandol appellation. The single-vineyard wines are justly revered but the finely tuned Cuvée Classique remains a star in its own right. From here it’s only a hop to imposing Château de Pibarnon, perched on a hill with its own amphitheatre of vines. White, rosé and red are all outstanding.

Evening and overnight

At Hostellerie Bérard in the flower- filled village of La Cadière-d’Azur (just 10 minutes’ drive from Pibarnon), comfortable rooms are outshone by exquisite food in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. While dishes are pricey, the weekday option to choose three courses from the full menu for €50 is terrific value.

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