Wine and Jazz in Provence

by William T Manfull

La Londe Jazz Festival 2017

What is the perfect musical pairing for the wines of Provence and southern Rhône?  Jazz!  There are terrific jazz events held in and about wineries during the summer months throughout Provence and most include wine tasting as part of the festivities.  Take a picnic, try the wine, and listen to some jazz–what could be better!

Below is a listing of wineries where you can hear a little jazz this summer; scroll down a little further and you will find an interactive map showing the location of each winery.  As hard as I have tried to include all the wineries and their jazz offerings this summer, I would not be surprised if a few did not make it on my radar.  Please let me know of any events that you hear about and I will update this list as I hear more. Be sure to confirm the details before you pack your picnic in case there are any schedule or venue changes!

June 9, 2017
Nouvelles expressions provençales sur des rythmes jazzy Michel Pellegrino
Château la Verrerie (Puget).

June 17, 2017
Raphaël Imbert
Château La Coste (Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade).

June 24 through November 4, 2017
Jazz dans les Vignes – various artists are featured at several wineries in southern Rhône region.
Held at several domaines around Vacqueyras and Cairanne

June 25, 2017
Jazz de Louis Amstrong à Sydney Bechet  Michel Pellegrino Quartet
Domaine des Peyre.

June 29, 2017
Jazz manouche (“Gypsy Jazz”) Swing du Sud et Michel Pellegrino
Château Fonscolombes (Puy Sainte Réparade).

July 7 and 8, 2017
Jazz à Beaupré – featuring Stephane Belmondo and Jack Terrason and Monty Alexander Trio.
Château Beaupré (Saint Cannat)

July 8 and 9, 2017
Charlie Jazz Festival – featuring Pharoah Sanders QuartetDhafer Youssef QuartetChucho Valdés Quartet.
Domaine Fontblanche (Vitrolles).

July 13 to August 24, 2017
Jazz Picnics – Various artists performing during July and August.
Chateau de Berne (Lorgue)

July 21 and 22, 2017
Vinomusic Festival – featuring various artists.
Domaine Terre de Mistral (Rousset)

July 27 to 30, 2017
La Londe Jazz Festival – Jazz et Vin – featuring various artists with wine tasting provided by Association des Vignerons – La Londe.
Various local wineries around La Londe (LaLonde)

July 28, 2017
Jazz Latino New Meeting Quartet
Domaine des Peyre (Robion).

August 3, 2017
Jazz with Michel Pellegrino Trio
Château Val Joanis (Pertuis).

August 8, 2017
Jazz manouche (“Gypsy Jazz”) with Swing du Sud et Michel Pellegrino
Château Saint Julien d’Aille (Vidauban).

August 16, 2017
Jazz manouche (“Gypsy Jazz”) with Swing du Sud et Michel Pellegrino.
Château Gassier (Puyloubier).

August 17, 2017
Jazz manouche (“Gypsy Jazz”) with Swing du Sud et Michel Pellegrino.
Château Roubine (Lorgues).

August 18
Jazz manouche (“Gypsy Jazz”) with Swing du Sud et Michel Pellegrino.
Domaine des Peyre (Robion).
For a listing of other jazz events in Provence this summer, visit


  1. Wine and jazz are indeed a wonderful pairing. Now tell me what food to add and one has a perfect appeal to the senses.

  2. The thought of a jazz picnic in the vineyards—just lovely.

  3. Love pianist Jackie Terrason, and sad that we will arrive in Provence a couple of days after his gig in Sant Cannat.

  4. Jerry, I did not know you were a jazz fan! Jackie Terrasson is a great musician and bridges our two favorite cultures as his mother is African American and his father French. Would like to hear him play anywhere but I think jazz is always better heard when surrounded by vines with a glass of wine in one’s hand!

  5. Great post from a jazz aficionado. I made it to Chateau de Berne and a jazz picnic at Château Nestuby, here in Cotignac, this summer. Highly recommended. Will contribute a local Var list next year.

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