Try Bellet wine, a rare wine with personality that's only made in Nice, during your stay on the Côte d’Azur. These grape varieties are unique and have only had the AOC designation since 1941: Rolle (white), Folle Noire (red), Braquet (rosé) and Grenache as the secondary variety. It's served at the best restaurants in the world. The vines bask in the French Riviera's bright sunshine all year round and cool off in the wind from the Alps and Baie des Anges. The Hôtel Florence Nice brings you 5 wineries making Bellet wine solely from organically-produced grapes and to environmental standards.
Château de Bellet
5 vineyards of Bellet near the Hotel Florence Nice - Credit Chateau de Bellet Nice
The figurehead of the Bellet designation, Château de Bellet is a striking property that has been owned by Bellet barons for over 4 centuries. The 11ha estate includes 7ha of vineyards with 360 degree views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, mountains and Var Valley. Explore the sumptuous chapel, terrace and wine cellar during your trip. End on a high with a wine tasting in the tastefully-renovated crypt.
This place standing between the sea and summits is the perfect place to recharge your batteries during your break on the Côte d’Azur as you sample their delicious varieties.482 Chemin de Saquier Colline de Bellet, 06200 Nice
Château de Cremat
5 vineyards of Bellet near the Hotel Florence Nice - Credit Castle Cremat Nice
In the heart of the Bellet vineyard area, a 20 minute drive from the Hôtel Florence Nice, visit Château de Cremat and its Belle Epoque-style neo-Tuscan architecture. The property built in 1906 by Antoine Mari, the famous Nice wine merchant, is surrounded by 7 hectares of wine production covering the hills of Cremat, Saquier and Saint-Sauveur.
Start your trip with a tour of the château and its 2000 year old cellar built by the Romans then end with a tasting of its organic wine on one of the terraces overlooking the Baie des Anges. Don't leave without trying its 2014 vintage which won gold at the Décanter World Wine awards.442 Chemin de Cremat 06200 Nice
Domaine de Toasc
5 vineyards of Bellet near the Hotel Florence Nice - Domaine de Toasc Nice - Credit Hervé Fabre
Learn all about Bernard Nicoletti during your stay in Nice, the businessman who left everything behind for his love of wine and the region. Ideally located in the Nice hills, Domaine de Toasc is one of the most recent Bellet wine estates with 8 hectares of vineyards and 2 hectares of olive trees. Fall under the spell of the Palladian-style property with fabulous views of the Var Valley. You can get here by bike from your 3* green hotel and soak up the scenery on the road to the estate's vineyards.
Some of their AOP wines are also available at Nice Airport. Fill your suitcase with bottles of their Blanc 2011, Gold-medallist at the Concours Général Agricole 2012, to sip with friends when you get home.213 Chemin de Cremat 06200 Nice
Domaine St Jean Bellet
5 vineyards of Bellet near the Hotel Florence Nice - Credit Domaine Saint Jean Bellet
Join friends, your loved one or head out on your own to explore Domaine St Jean Bellet, a 3ha vineyard that has stood in the Nice hills since 2006. Meet Jean Patrick and Nathalie Pacioselli and their children Pauline and Jean-Baptiste, all of whom have the same passion for wine. The wine is made in their home's mezzanine where you'll find their Ichthus vintage which recently won gold at the Concours des Vins, Terre de Vins 2019.
A lovely little bonus is the wine is served with nibbles made with love by Nathalie. Use the trip to plan a hike in the area and stroll through the vines.343 Chemin de Crémat 06200 Nice
Domaine de la Source
5 vineyards of Bellet near the Hotel Florence Nice - Credit Domaine de la Source Nice
Domaine de la Source is a small family-run business that has been rigorously managed for three generations. You'll get a warm welcome from your hosts before sampling their organic wine and artichoke-scented olive oil alongside their brand new Bulles So Nice, the very first Nice wine made using the champagne method.
Just an hour's bike ride from the Hôtel Florence Nice, make the most of the outing to gaze at Nice's rolling scenery. When you reach the top of the estate, soak up the panoramic views covering 5ha of vines and Baou mountain. It's one of the oldest vineyards in France.303 Chemin de Saquier 06200 Nice
These 5 wineries all help put the spotlight on the wine business in Nice and the Côte d’Azur. Visit one of them during your stay at the Hôtel Florence Nice and take home delicious wine for your friends and family to try when you get home from your holiday.
Please drink responsibly.