One of the benefits of being in the Drôme Provençale is that we are surrounded by the most stunning countryside. And as winter is less busy on the vineyard than other times, we like to make the most of the area by exploring on foot or by car. We recently went on a beautiful winter walk, in a loop starting just a short drive away from us in Chateauneuf de Bordette. We came across views of the snow topped Montagne de la Lance as well as beauty on a smaller scale – frost covered hellebores, fields of lavender plants, moss covered oaks, and somewhat unexpectedly, an old chestnut tree plantation.
Walking is not the only way to explore either. There are many cycle routes on quiet mountain roads, or you can drive. Earlier in the year, just after we came out of lockdown and keen for a change of scene, we went for a drive a bit further afield in the Baronnies Provençales, one of France’s 56 Parcs Naturels Régionaux, heading towards Séderon. The roads were deserted and the sun was shining: what more could we have asked for?