Restaurants, bars, vineyards in Saint Tropez

What Makes The Best St Tropez Rosé?

Rosé wine is undoubtedly the tipple of choice for those on holiday in Saint Tropez, with every bar, restaurant, supermarket and wine cellar offering a huge choice of ‘pink’ wine, most of which comes from local vineyards.

Surrounding many of our luxury villas to rent in Saint Tropez are hectares upon hectares of vineyards producing nearly half of all rosé wine consumed in France. One such vineyard is Château Minuty, on the Route de la Berle near the picturesque village of Gassin, which has been producing Minuty Rosé for three generations.

St Tropez House speaks with these top St Tropez rosé producers to uncover the history of this extremely popular label.

Minuty- Vineyards South of France

Minuty Rosé Wine – Vineyards in the South of France

STH: When was rosé wine first produced in St Tropez?


CM: It was 26 centuries ago, when the Greeks founded a colony in Marseille that the first vines and wine-growing culture were introduced in Provence. The wines made in those days had a light colour, similar to rosés, because the maceration of juices with grape skins was either unknown or only practiced on a limited basis. Provence is therefore the oldest wine-growing region in France, and the first wines to be made were rosés.

STH: Why does St Tropez lend itself to making rosé wine?


CM: Provence’s climate, soils and grape varieties are all perfectly suited for rosé winemaking. Provence is France’s leading region, representing 40% of domestic production and 5.6% of worldwide production of rosé wines. It is also the only production area specialised in this type of product, as rosé wines represent 87% of production in Provence (9% red and 4% white). The entire winemakers’ work is focused on rosé wines production, meanwhile, in the other French regions of production (Bordeaux …), rosé wines are considered as byproducts of red wines.

Minuty Rose Wine - Bottles

Château Minuty Rosé Wine Cellar

STH: What’s the secret behind the success of St Tropez rosé?


CM: Rosé is more than just a passing trend. It has become an integral part of French society as consumer trends have changed and new life styles have emerged: meals that are less structured, the increasing popularity of ethnic cuisine from around the world, greater simplicity, new encounters, good times and instant gratification. When drinking rosé, the consumer discovers a different approach to wine – easier access, without all the constraints and traditional formalities.  It is a wine that symbolises greater freedom.

STH: Tell us more about Château Minuty


CM: Château Minuty is a family estate managed today by François and Jean-Etienne Matton, the third generation of the family. Today, Château Minuty is the foremost producer of Côtes de Provence Rosé wine. Its vineyards occupy 110 hectares comprising two sites: 75 ha in the villages of Gassin and Ramatuelle on the Saint-Tropez peninsula; and 35 ha in Vidauban in the Centre Var.

Château Minuty - Gassin, South of France

Château Minuty – Gassin, South of France

STH: Which are the most popular Minuty rosé wines?


CM: Our latest creation is Château Minuty 281 which we started for the Cannes Film Festival in May 2015. This wine is made with a single variety of Grenache grape especially adapted to our soil and our climate. The production is limited to 15,000 bottles per year and this wine was reserved for the French Riviera this year and will be proposed to foreign countries next year with small allocations per country.

Château Minuty OR was created in 2009. It is made with the best lands of Grenache from the Château (95% of Grenache in the blend) and it is representative of what could be the Grenache expression on our estate. Depending on the harvest, the yearly production is more or less of 250,000 bottles. This wine is our flagship all around the world and should be reserved for the best valuable places such as Michelin-starred restaurants, high level beach clubs etc.

M de MINUTY is made with100 % purchased grapes and is our best seller all around the world. M de MINUTY rosé is exactly what you expect of a Provence rosé wine: it is light coloured, fresh, fruity and easy to drink. The yearly production is 2 million of bottles.

Minuty - Team Pain Vin

Château Minuty – Team Pain Vin


Discover Château Minuty for yourself and book on to the wine tasting course at Château Minuty in Gassin.

Top 10 Must-Try Restaurants in Saint-Tropez

Saint Tropez is heaven for foodies, with a huge array of restaurants covering almost every taste and budget within its midst.

But sometimes, even those who are regular visitors to this unique corner of the South of France need some inspiration into which restaurant to choose for a special evening out.

There are numerous recommendations available online, but one which caught the eye of the team here at St Tropez House was a ‘must-try’ list by culturetrip.com, a global platform showcasing the best art, culture, food and travel for every country in the world.

Top 10 Must-Try Restaurants in Saint-Tropez 1

Its’ top 10 restaurants for the best views, greatest company and finest dining experience is as follows:

  1. Table du Marché, 11 Rue des Commerçants +33 494 97 91 91

Described by the site as a ‘contemporary bistro’, the restaurant owned by celebrity chef Christophe Leroy is said to be hugely popular with locals and visitors alike. Menus start at €19.50 for two courses.

  1. Hôtel de la Ponche, 5 Rue des Remparts +33 494 97 09 29

The place to come for “fish soup, red mullet, lobster, cod … all honored in true Provençal fashion”. Not only is the food legendary, the restaurant is also seeped in history having welcomed many famous faces over the years such as Brigitte Bardot, Francois Sagan and Pablo Picasso.

  1. La Vague d’Or, La Résidence de la Pinède, Plage de Bouillabaisse +33 494 55 91 00

Arguably the finest restaurant in Saint Tropez which features in everyone’s top 10. The chef is three Michelin-star wizard Arnaud Doncele and the food, service and scenery is quite literally out of this world.

  1. Club 55, 43 Boulevard Patch, 83350 Ramatuelle, + 33 494 55 55 55

Another very famous restaurant which is located on the golden sands of Pampelonne Beach, approximately a ten minute drive from the centre of Saint Tropez.  It’s a favourite haunt for the jet set, and a wonderful place to while away the hours over a bottle of Rosé and plate of grilled fish on a summer’s day.

  1. L’Auberge des Maures, 4, Rue du Docteur Boutin, +33 494 97 01 50

This restaurant is one of the few that is open all year round, and is a wonderful place is retreat to on a winter’s evening for a delicious meal in front of an open fire. Only open for dinner, there is a set menu of three courses for €49.

  1. Sénéquier, Place aux Herbes, +33 494 97 00 90

An institution in Saint Tropez, this cafe with red branding has been a major part of port life since it opened in 1887. Patisseries are served all day, although the website does warn that visitors should not ‘expect too much change from a 50 note for coffee and cake for two’.

  1. Le Sporting, 42 Place des Lices, +33 494 970 065

Set in Place des Lices, the heart and soul of Saint Tropez, this authentic brasserie serves some great classics for reasonable prices, and is the perfect place from where to watch the world go round.

  1. Brasserie des Arts, 5 Place des Lices, +33 494 40 27 37

Situated in the same central square is this equally informal brasserie, which, according to the website, attracts a ‘hip and arty crowd’. A great place for brunch when you have been up all night.

  1. Rivea, Byblos Saint-Tropez, 27 avenue Foch, +33 4 94 56 68 20

Located within one of Saint Tropez’s most luxurious hotels, Byblos, Rivea offers an “extravagant fine dining” experience under the instruction of internationally renowned chef, Alain Ducasse.

  1. Le Kikouiou, Route de Bonne Terrasse, Ramatuelle, +33 494 79 83 94

Last but by no means least on the list is this hidden gem with views over the vineyards near Pampelonne Beach. The website describes it as “a welcome step back from the beach club bling” where you can find great salads, pizzas and grilled fish.

St Tropez Wines to Look Out for

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Discover the 10 Best St Tropez Restaurants

 

France is the home of haute cuisine: a country that can boast a different cheese for every day of the year; a nation that produces more wine than any other on the planet and the founder of the Michelin star guide. Naturally therefore, one would assume that in St Tropez, arguably France’s most luxurious resort, there is a good selection of fine dining restaurants. Those assumptions are justified by the host of excellent St Tropez restaurants, from seaside Club 55 to Christian Dior inspired Dior des Lices. For your convenience, St Tropez House – an expert in luxury villa rental in St Tropez – has therefore compiled a list of the finest local establishments to dine in.

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The Perfect Easter Menu

Easter in Saint Tropez

Villa Kalliste, available for rent in Easter

Part of any trip to France is all about the food, n’est-ce pas?! And Easter in Provence is no different. Many of you planning your holiday to our villas in Saint Tropez over the next few weeks will be also planning a few evenings out in the host of excellent restaurants in the area, I am sure.

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Top 5 St Tropez Places to Eat – Elle’s Choice

Last week Elle published its top five most exciting places to eat in St Tropez, so we thought we’d share the magazine’s recommendations with you.

As the list, complied by journalist Rachel Fielder, literally only came out yesterday the team at St Tropez House has not had time to check all the restaurants. But you can be assured that we intend to do so as soon as the restaurants open for the season, and we recommend you do too!

According to Elle, the most exciting place to eat in St Tropez in 2015 is La Pesquiere, 1 rue Remparts, where you will find a “cozy” and “chilled out” atmosphere and garlic calamari to die for!

The next restaurant to warrant a mention in Elle’s article is the Pizzeria Bruno, situated a short walk from some of our more central villas to rent in St Tropez, at 2 rue de l’Eglise. Pizza restaurants are two a penny in France, but not Chez Bruno’s, where locals flock to eat. The pizza topped with local seafood is said to be a menu standout.

For something slightly more exotic Elle recommends that you head to The Pearl Beach, just outside the centre of St Tropez, for a menu with a South East Asian twist. The beach-side restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner in the high season, enjoys a wonderful spot on Bouillabaisse beach and some of the best Thai Tiger prawns outside Thailand.
Back into the heart of St Tropez and the next restaurant on Elle’s list is Le Sporting, in Places des Lices. This popular yet “unpretentious” brasserie is always packed with locals and for one good reason: the food is delicious.

Finally last but certainly not least is the Brasserie des Arts, which is also situated in the central Place des Lices. Pop in here for a delicious yet simple lunch after a browse in the Place des Lices market every Saturday morning and you can’t go wrong.

Chateau d’Esclans — European Winery of the Year

Wine Cellar

A vineyard located in the South of France – tantalizingly close to our portfolio of villas to rent – has just won a highly-acclaimed international wine award.

The Chateau d’Esclans winery, which is based in the hills above Frejus and a short drive from St Tropez, has been named as the European Winery of the Year by an influential magazine for wine aficionados .

The Wine Enthusiast Magazine awarded the prestigious accolade to the vineyard for its rose wine, which marks the first time ever that the award has been given to a rose producing winery.

Each year, editors of Wine Enthusiast Magazine honour wineries and breweries that have made outstanding achievements in the wine and beverage world.

The award for European Winery of the Year was awarded to Chateau d’Esclans because the vineyard has “helped change perceptions of rose from inexpensive and sweet to wines of character and quality”.

In particular, a wine produced by the vineyard called Garrus, or Whispering Angel, was singled-out for its outstanding taste.

Garrus was launched in 2006, and has since become extremely popular with wine connoisseurs all over the world – from the terraces of our St Tropez House properties to villas in Miami and superyacht dotted across the globe.

Only 18,000 bottles of Whispering Angel are produced per year, and although priced at over 100 Euros per bottle it is in high demand.

The rose is sourced from old Grenache vines mixed with Cinsault, Merlot, Mourvedre, Syrah and Tibourne grapes and the end result is the Dom Pérignon of rosé wines.

Château d’Esclans will receive the prestigious award at an annual black tie event in New York next month that is billed as the Oscars of the wine industry.

Our St Tropez House guests can toast the winery’s success with their own bottle of chilled Whispering Angel which can be bought at the Chateau d’Esclans’ own shop on the estate in La Motte en Provence. The vineyard organizes special tours and tasting on demand, which makes a great afternoon excursion from our luxury villas in Saint Tropez.

Alternatively contact the Chateau d’Esclans to find out where you can pick up a bottle in Saint Tropez itself.  For more information go here.

The Food Fairs of St Tropez in Autumn

French local market

France is a country synonymous with fine dining. From the endless rows of bountiful vineyards to the wild forests of the hinterland, French cuisine is all about making the most of the varied ingredients the nation’s diverse landscape provides them with. In order to do so, all the best French chefs will tell you that you need to visit the local markets for the freshest and finest ingredients. St Tropez House looks at some of the best and most beautiful food markets in the area for you to visit in preparation for the explosion of local produce that autumn brings.

The market season began this year in January with the fifth edition of the Fête de la Truffe. Market stall vendors lined the streets of Grimaud shoulder to shoulder with some of the region’s finest chefs to share with visitors their passion for truffles. Menus were exhibited with a great variety of dishes each with its own inventive twist on truffle based dishes. In spite of the rain, the food and the market were very well received by all who attended. Likewise the olive and flower fair of le Plan de la Tour in April was a great success and a worthy display of the best produce in spring time Provence.

The autumn market season in the St Tropez area truly launches at the end of September with the Fête du Vin Cuit once more filling the streets of Le Plan de la Tour. This year, visitors were offered the chance to sample an authentic grape pressing experience and to enjoy the fruits of their labour with a wine tasting reception afterwards. As with most local festivals, there were traditional dancers in the local red and white gowns of Le Plan de la Tour who performed to live music. A perfect companion to the Provençal wine.

French local market

Just under two weeks later, Sainte Maxime was enjoying festivities of its own as l’Association Saveurs et Terroir de Provence organised the twentieth instalment of the Salon du Gout. Around forty stands were installed outside the town’s tourist office for one of the Côte d’Azur’s largest autumnal gastronomic gatherings. A packed programme of gourmet food tasting, cooking competitions and regional dishes were laid on for the lucky visitors. Event president Michel Hebreard stressed that the Salon du Gout should not be confused for a simple market. The quality of the chefs and the handpicked ingredients and the beauty of their resulting artisanal dish mean that this is a rare chance to see and taste the finest dishes and natural produce of the French Riviera.

For something rather less serious, La Fête de la Chataigne at La Garde-Freinet is one of several market festivals across France to celebrate the chestnut season. A total of seventy market stalls bring to life the quaint and charming town of La Garde-Freinet between the 19 and 26th October. There you will find chestnuts in all their various forms: Marrons glacés, marrons grillés, crème de marron, glace à la crème de marron. Truly a feast for food lovers! A series of guided visits to the chestnut groves of the Maures mountain range also provide an excellent excursion opportunity from the lively town centre.

The final autumnal festival before the arrival of the Christmas markets is the glorious Fête de l’Huile d’Olive at Sainte Maxime on the weekend beginning Friday 14th November. A true Provençal introduction to the region’s passion for making fine Mediterranean olive oil and a chance to get up close and personal with the creators before taking some gourmet olive oil products back home.

With so many festivals taking place there is little wonder St Tropez continues to draw the crowds long into the autumn. The French Riviera is truly a beautiful place to be during this magical season and is best enjoyed with a serving of the region’s finest traditional dishes and best local produce. All of the host towns are within an hour’s drive from St Tropez. Discover them all and more from the comfort of a luxury villa in the French Riviera’s most glamorous port town.

 

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Best Ice Cream Spots in St Tropez

With the summer holidays tantalizingly close we thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of the best ice cream parlours in Saint Tropez in preparation for that first lick.
Because, no matter what age, everyone bar none loves to indulge in a glace after a day on the beach, or wandering around the Old Town of Saint Tropez.
Almost every bar and café in Saint Tropez sell ice-creams, from big brand names to home-made ices and sorbets. So to give our clients renting luxury villas in Saint Tropez this summer an insight into where to go for the best ice-cram, we asked the team at St Tropez House to offer their views.

Ice Cream at a Restaurant
Our favourites are highlighted below:

POPOFF

Quai Frederic Mistral, 83990 Saint-Tropez
This ice-cream shop is like an Aladdin’s Cave for fans of frozen desserts with flavours such as creamy coconut and banana a particular hit. Popoff is located on the port, so it’s ideal for those of you heading back from a day on a luxury yacht, or to enjoy as you wander around the quay admiring the beautiful boats.

GLACES ALFRED

rue Francois Sibilli, 83990 Saint-Tropez
Another local favourite is Glace Alfred, situated on the main road which leads you from the port to Place des Lices. The ice-cream sold here is all homemade, with some wonderfully exotic flavours as well as the traditional ones.

BARBARAC

2, rue Général Allard 83990 Saint Tropez
Without doubt the most famous ice-cream shop in Saint Tropez is La Maison Barbarac, which has been selling glaces and sorbets to generations since it was opened in 1986. The home-made ice-cream is so popular that there are now Barbarac shops in Cannes, Paris and Marseille. New flavours for this year include Tarte Tropezienne, Strawberry Cheescake and Ice Tea. The shop has also come up with a new concept – la glace light – in five flavours, which is sure to be a huge success amongst the beautiful crowd.

Best Cocktail Bars in St Tropez

Best Cocktail Bars in St Tropez Whether you prefer a long cold Mojito, or you are more into Sex on Pampelonne, you will find plenty of cool bars in Saint Tropez in which to find your favourite cocktail. Saint Tropez is renowned for its great night life and string of exclusive bars, and its choice of cocktail venues close to our portfolio of Saint Tropez luxury rentals is second to none. So, when you come off the beach on Pampelonne and fancy Caipirinha to cool you down, here’s where we suggest you head to:

Le Bar du Sube, Quai Suffren

Without doubt one of our favourites is this great little bar on the Saint Tropez port. Located in a hotel of the same name, Le Bar du Sube is a no-frills venue with an extensive and exceptional list of cocktails.

Le Quai, 22 quai Jean Jaures

Le Quai A few steps away from le Bar du Sube is the glamorous Le Quai, where cocktails will certainly set you back a few more euros but the taste – and experience – will be equally as memorable.

White Bar, White 1921, Place des Lices

For ultimate tranquility when you sip your first champagne cocktail of the evening, try to recently opened White Bar in the White 1921 Hotel. It’s my favourite, hands down.

Papagayo, Route Residence du Port

If you are up for a large night and want to get going early, this bar which sits on the port is a fantastic place to start. La Papagayo starts off the day as a great little restaurant and then turns crazy after dark.

Hotel Sezz, 151 Route des Salins

If you are staying in a luxury rental property in central Saint Tropez but fancy a sundowner after you leave the beach, consider dropping in to the Dom Perignon Bar, where there is a live DJ every night in July and August and every weekend from June to September

Nikki Beach, Pampelonne

Nikki Beach Pampelonne For those of you who can’t even wait until you leave the beach for your first Bellini, then Nikki Beach on Pampelonne is a great place to pop in to. The ultimate beach club holds a number of themed events which are hugely popular with the in crowd.

Zanzibar, Pampelonne

Another personal favourite, this restaurant/bar has really comfy sofas to sink into whilst sipping your first cocktail in Saint Tropez on the night to some exceptionally cool tunes.