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.


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

Spoken languages

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Dutch


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

Labels and ranking

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


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


From 01/11 to 31/12/2021, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 1 pm and 5 pm.
Closed exceptionally on November 11th and December 25th.

From 05/02 to 28/02/2022, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 1 pm and 5 pm.

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.


Individual tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours available permanently
  • Average Duration of the individual tour: 60 minutes

Group tour

  • Guided group tours available permanently
  • Guided group tours on request
  • Unguided group tours available permanently
  • Average duration of groups visit: 75 minutes
  • Max. group size: 35


From 01/02 to 31/12/2021
Student: from 4 €
Job seeker: from 4 €
Group adults: 150 €
Group children: 50 €.

From 05/02 to 31/12/2022
Full price: 6 €
Reduced price: 4 €.

Payment options:

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


Show itinerary

Amenities and Services

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