THE CHÂTEAU OF SUZE-LA-ROUSSE

Visit this spectacular military castle turned into an aristocratic residence. Soak up the atmosphere of this fascinating place through a historic and interactive tour. Enjoy the park as well as the 16th century Jeu de Paume, one of the best preserved in the world.

In the Drome region, part of Provence, in the heart of a vast landscape shaped by wine making for centuries, the Château of Suze-la-Rousse rises its powerful architecture. Property of the Lords of the Baux, co-princes of Orange, the chateau became a military fortress through many extensions and transformations. It is then turned into a stately home in the 16th century, with a Renaissance style magnificient grand courtyard. The inside arrangements continue into the 17th and 18th centuries with the plaster work decors. The Drome Department acquires the chateau in 1965, one year after its listing as an heritage site. A large park (garenne) sprawls around the chateau where a 16th century jeu de paume, a chapel and a dovecote are still standing.

A rare collection is displayed in the château’s rooms and presents the history of the place and of the people who inhabited it. Cultural events also take place at the château (concerts, exhibitions,conferences)

Since 1978, the site has housed the Université du Vin, an internationally renowned university that offers a wide range of oenology training courses.

Bucolic fortress

Towering over the prestigious Côtes-du-Rhône’s vineyards, the Château of Suze-la-Rousse is a spectacular military castle turned into a superb aristocratic residence, with its grand courtyard, stuccos and plasterworks unique in France. Enjoy the park and its many Mediterranean trees.