A little bit about this blog:

Whether you live on the Riviera, are visiting, or an armchair traveller, there are some amazing wines to be tasted from this region! Not just the usual Côtes de Provence rosés, either, which, granted, provide a perfect match for a hot summers evening! Did you know that hidden in the hills behind Sanremo and Imperia gorgeous whites made from Vermentino and Pigato are to be found? Or that Nice itself has its own appellation called Bellet, producing reds & whites & rosés? Even the islands off Cannes have vines that the monks living on the Ile Saint-Honorat put to perfect use.

Really, I know we don’t really need a reason to visit a vineyard, taste a few of their offerings, and come home with a few bottles for the collection, however my excuse is that it was time to learn more about the wonderful world-wide web and start a blog. I couldn’t think of a better subject, and an opportunity to discover this awesome corner of the world a little more!

A little bit about me:

I’m a girl from Sydney’s who discovered Nice when my big sister moved here many years ago. One of the big novelties as an Australian living in this fair city is that I can cross a border in less than 40 minutes to be in a new country (gelato for afternoon tea or Ventimiglia for an apéro anyone?). Over seven years ago I found myself here on a one way ticket and promptly and somewhat fortuitously fell into a role in a local wine company. I feel fortunate to have turned one of my favourite leisure activities into a career and am now a freelance wine professional on the Côte d’Azur. I teach and write about wine, lead tours through local vineyards and sell and drink a few bottles of the stuff as well! You can connect with me on LinkedIn.

However the world of wine is not static and there is so much to know! So I figured this blog will give me a legitimate reason to keep tasting, writing and learning. Hopefully for anyone out there in cyberspace who happens to stumble upon this site, it will also serve as inspiration for voyages of discovery into the wonderful wine world of the Riviera of your own!

Please do not hesitate to contact me at info@rivieragrapevine.com or leave any comments on this site.


You can also find me @

Twitter – @RivieraGrape

Or visit chrissiemcclatchie.com for my online freelance writing portfolio.

  • crazyguyinthailand 21/03/2014 at 7:53 pm

    Awesome 😀

  • GirlinFlorence 26/03/2014 at 12:58 pm

    great blog, you definitely have me as a follower :), ps. would love to make it to this area sometime this year!

    • Chrissie 26/03/2014 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks Georgette, and I’m just as delighted to have discovered yours as well. We’re only 4 hours away from each other, so Florence is always a distinct weekend possibility (especially for the wine!!!) You should definitely come visit Nice and surrounds if you can, and just yell if you need any tips or recommendations!

  • 24/7 in France 07/05/2014 at 8:14 am

    So nice to ‘meet’ you – life on the French Riviera is indeed great. Would love to meet up and enjoy a glass of wine together!

    • Chrissie 07/05/2014 at 3:03 pm

      Indeed it would, I’m at info@rivieragrapevine.com if you want to drop me a quick email and we can organise to meet for a cheeky rosé or two 😉

  • baconbBrentin 12/07/2014 at 6:12 pm

    Chrissie my gf and I are off to nice on Tuesday 13th to Saturday 18th do you have any tours??

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