Viviers has a long history going back more than 1,600 years. At one time, Viviers was a rich town under the patronage of the Catholic church but now is quite poor. There are no hotels or shops for visitors which adds to its charm.
We climbed up the hill through cobbled streets to read 12th-century St. Vincent’s Cathedral which is the smallest cathedral in France. It was lovely to sit in the quiet of the cathedral.
From St. Vincent’s Cathedral we climbed further to the Belvédère of le Rocher de Châteauvieux, a 14th century fortification which gave us sweeping views over the rooftops and the Rhône.
We then returned back through the Old Town with medieval houses and narrow cobblestone lanes. There were holes among the cobblestones which meant being very wary of where we put our feet.
Our final stop of the day was to the Bouachon wine cellar in the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine appellation where we sampled one white wine and two red wines. The white wine was tasted both with and without a lavender scented dark chocolate. I was surprised how much the chocolate enhanced the flavour of the wine. We also tested the second red wine both with and without a thyme scented dark chocolate. The thyme scented chocolate rounded the flavour of the wine.