Vacqueyras photo vacqueyras038.jpg (9 k) Vacqueyras is a village famous for its wine. The old village is enclosed in a circle of buildings forming a protective wall. The guard tower in front (photo) dates to the 11th and 12th centuries, and has marks of the Templiers Knights.

Nearby: | Avignon 37 km | Beaumes-de-Venise 4 km | Cairanne 12 km | Carpentras 12 km | Dentelles-de-Montmirail 2 km | Gigondas 4 km | Malaucène 16 km | Orange 16 km | Sainte Cécile-les-Vignes 16 km | Vaison-la-Romaine 17 km | Ventoux Mountain 37 km |

Hotels near Vacqueyras: | Vacqueyras | 12 km Cairanne | 12 km Carpentras | 16 km Orange | 17 km Vaison-la-Romaine | 37 km Avignon |

The street around the front of the old village is lined with overhanging plane trees, giving shade and a feeling of nature.

Vacqueyras is large enough to not be overpowered by its wine and the various "caveaux" and other related businesses. The village has a clear sense of being "local", with the tourism aspect just a part of the daily, active life here.

History

Name

First record, 1137 De Vaqueiracio

Prehistoric: There are some rare neolithic remains here, but the historically classified "menhir" of Vacqueryras turned out to be a natural rock formation, and located in the commne of Gigondas.

Gallo-Roman: Among the many Roman artifacts were coins (Chambille, Pont-Neuf), funeral furniture, pottery (Fontbonne), lamp fragments (Mornas) and an altar for worshiping Mars (the god, not the planet) at Roc. A tiled burial tomb was discovered at Fontbonne, and one in a mound at Bellevue.

Medieval: The Knights Templiers came here in the 12th century. The chàteau was built in the 14th century and the walled fortifications were constructed during the Wars of Religion.

Office de Tourisme

Tel : 04 90 65 84 24; Fax: 04 90 65 83 28

Web: www.vacqueyras.tm.fr/

Email: tourisme.vacqueyras@wanadoo.fr

Dates

Every Thur - Marché
Every Aug - Troubadours ancient and modern
End Aug - Fête communal


Wine

Vacqueyras is in the region of the Rhône Valley Côtes de Rhône wines, as well as having its own outstanding appellation, Vacqueyras.

Transportation Vacqueyras

Bus

Hiking

Maps

IGN (1/25,000) #3040 ET "Carpantras, Vaison-la-Romaine"

Didier Richard (1/50,000) #27 "Ventoux"

• Vacqueyras sits in the midst of vineyards along the Ouvèze valley, just to the west of the woods circling the Dentelles mountains.
• Walks from the village follow the roads through the vineyards and orchards of the region.
• For hikes in the nearby Dentelles, check the village pages for Gigondas and Beaumes-de-Venise.

• Latitude, Longitude: 43.23826, 6.30923

Lodging - Hotels