Château de Suze-la-Rousse

rousse A medieval fortress set in a huge park wooded with Mediterranean species. The château houses a magnificent Renaissance internal courtyard.
Situated in prestigious vineyards, the place is dedicated to history and to the wine-growing/wine-making legacy of the area.

Description

Built on a rocky headland, the medieval fortress of Suze-la-Rousse is a spectacular military construction protected by towers and walls. It was transformed in the 16th and in the 18th century into a great residence. To the austere exterior defences which strongly dominate the fortified village, are opposed the Renaissance façades of the grand courtyard, as well as the interior richness of the paintings, stuccos and decorative plasterwork of the drawing rooms.
The château, a Listed Building (Monument historique), stands within a warren, a vast wooded area where the walls of a dovecote, a chapel and a sixteenth-century real tennis court are still standing.

Purchased by the Drôme Department in 1965, the château has been the subject of an important project subtly hinged on the history of the site and the Drôme vine-growing and wine-making heritage. A new museum trail was inaugurated in 2013. The château is also home to cultural events, concerts and contemporary circus shows.
Since 1978, the site has been housing the Wine University, an internationally-known school which offers a wide choice of training courses in the vine and wine trades. More information available on www.universite-du-vin.com

Spoken languages

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Dutch

Themes

  • Historic patrimony
  • Castle
  • Fortified castle
  • Dovecote
  • Well
  • Tower
  • Religious heritage
  • Chapel

Labels and ranking

  • Michelin guide
  • Wine tourism
  • Le Routard guide
  • Bad weather alternative
  • Qualité Tourisme™
  • Recommended by high heat

Activities

  • Botanic trail
  • Children's entertainment
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Shows
  • Handicrafts workshops
  • Activity
  • Product tasting
  • Concert

Opening

From 01/03 to 30/06/2022, daily.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2022, daily.

From 01/09 to 31/10/2022, daily.

From 01/11 to 31/12/2022, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Closed exceptionally on November 11th and December 25th.

Visit

Individual tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently

Group tour

  • Guided group tours on request
  • Max. group size: 35

Rate

Full price: 6 €
Reduced price: 4 €.

Payment options:

  • Cash
  • Chèques Vacances
  • Check
  • Bank/credit card
  • Pass’Région

Situation

Show itinerary

Amenities and Services

  • Educational visits
  • Guided tours
  • Room hire
  • Shop
  • Spot photo
  • Themed tour
  • Tourist brochures
  • Tourist information
  • Toilets
  • Picnic area
  • Private parking
  • Coach parking
  • Exhibition space
  • Car park