Chateau Routas has announced the first “Luxury Provençal Trip of a Lifetime” contest – the competition aims to give one lucky winner in the United Kingdom an adventure to look forward to in 2021 after the unprecedented challenges of 2020. The winner will have the opportunity to stay at the spacious Chateau Routas villa in Provence for 5 days with 5 friends, 24 bottles of Chateau Routas rosé, as well as wine tastings and a vineyard tour with the award-winning winemaker for Routas. The prize value is in excess of €15,000.
Eligibility is limited to the United Kingdom only.
To enter, UK participants will need to purchase 6 bottles of Chateau Routas Rosé 2019 starting July 1 and ending July 31 through the UK retailer Cockburn’s of Leith.
For further details on eligibility criteria visit Chateau Routas on their Instagram page starting July 1.
In 2005, Sir David Murray, Keith Murray and family took ownership of the chateau and the 290 ha (716 acres) estate. The sustainably-farmed estate is nestled between the old town elegance of Aix-en-Provence and the white sand beaches that line the Gulf de Saint-Tropez.
Pastel pink rosé against bright, turquoise waters set the scene, as the area is known for its stand-alone rosé wines and dramatic seaside. An altitude of 350 meters (among Provence’s highest) provides cooler nights contributing to the crisp, refreshing Provence rosé style.
Diverse soil variation drives grape complexity as well as visual aesthetics. Some vineyard plots are red as crushed brick, while others are of crumbly grey limestone mixed with bright red stones that bleach in the hot summer sun. All of this is surrounded by an array of red poppies, sunflowers, wild thyme and lavender against a backdrop of majestic mountains and forests brimming with Aleppo pines.
The Routas villa dates from the 18th century and the Murray family had it beautifully restored by Provençal architectural stars Bruno and Alexandre Lafourcade.
Picture yourself poolside with a glass of Chateau Routas rosé in hand, encompassed by the sprawling, verdant lawns and stately manor. Take in a movie on the full-wall screen home cinema, complete with reclining seats fitted with drink holders. Enjoy the local bounties al fresco on the many shaded terraces. Meals are expertly crafted by resident born and bred Provençal cook, Monique. Walk the grounds and you may stumble upon morels, black truffles, or other delicacies. Simply relax near the warmth of the fireplace, surrounded by decor and furnishings that are opulent and cozy at the same time.
Chateau Routas is located within reach of Provence and the French Riviera so there are many local attractions to take advantage of and charming, ancient towns to explore. Bikes are provided for easy access to town or on the private woodland pathways – should you choose to leave. The height of French gastronomy is mere miles away. Sample an Alain Ducasse meal at the Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de la Celle or experience the famed truffle dishes at Chez Bruno.
Managing partner, Keith Murray, spoke about the contest: “Independence is one of the core foundations of our lives. Although this may have seemed distant over these past few months, we are now all gradually beginning to think of the possibilities for discovery and adventure once more. With this in mind, we would love to share Chateau Routas with you and enjoy all that Provence and our beautiful wines have to offer. This competition hopefully reminds us of brighter days ahead, shared between friends and family. Santé!”