The Bellet hill in the suburbs of Nice has been the site of wine production for over 600 years. Two centuries ago, the Alpes Maritimes was an important viticultural department; today, with less than 50 hectares and only 10 producers, the appellation contrôlée of Bellet, created in 1941, is one of the smallest in France: the only one within the limits of a large city, and one of the most secret.
Start your day with a stroll along Nice’s Cours Saleya, stopping to sample local specialties, then head to the hills to discover the emblematic estate of the appellation Château de Bellet. Located between the mountains and the sea in the charming district of St. Roman de Bellet, it offers a panoramic view over the Var valley. Appreciated by both amateurs and experts, the wines of Bellet—red, white and rosé—have been selected for notable events from the wedding of the Prince Albert of Monaco to the NATO meeting. Enjoy an extended visit and tasting of the top quality wines on the terrace or in the splendid setting of their 19th-century chapel-turned-wine cave.
Established in 1902 on the site of an ancient Roman vineyard and its cellars, the Château Crémat is renowned not only for its biodynamic wines but also for its 2,500m2 French gardens and art collection. Nearby, the tiny 5-hectare Domaine de la Source is a family-run vineyard producing not only reds, whites, and rosés but also extra-virgin Niçois olive oil from its 800-year-old Cailletier trees.
After a day of touring and tasting in Bellet, end your day in true Riviera-style with a dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant of Château Saint-Martin, preceded by a private degustation of regional rosé wines.