On the border between Provence and Languedoc and known as the birth place of denim (“de Nimes”), Nimes is a popular tourist destination due to its rich history dating back to the Roman Empire.
Amongst the important remains that can still be seen today are the Roman amphitheatre, built at the end of the 1st century AD and considered to be the best-preserved Roman arena in France.
The Maison Carrée, is one of the best preserved Roman temples anywhere. In recent years, the city has enjoyed a new-found energy and direction, enlisting the services of modern architects such as Norman Foster who designed the Carré d’art (1986), a museum of modern art.
Nearby are the vineyards of the Costieres de Nimes AC –
The wines of Costières de Nîmes, in great southern tradition are vinified according to the principle of skilful blending of varieties. The proportions are defined by each winemaker in order to bring out the best expression of a terroir, to demonstrate the style of wine from that domaine or
cellar but also to best express the profile of that vintage. The reds and rosés are made using Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsault.
Recommended vineyard visit – Chateau de la Tuilerie