Château de Suze-la-Rousse

A medieval fortress set in a huge wooded park planted 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 heritage 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

  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Dutch


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

Labels and ranking

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


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


From 19/05 to 30/06/2020
Opening hours between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2020
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 6.30 pm.

From 01/09 to 31/10/2020
Opening hours daily between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.

From 01/11 to 31/12/2020
Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 5 pm.
Closed on Monday.
Closed exceptionally on bank holidays.


Individual tour

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

Group tour

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


Reduced price: 4 to 6 €
Adult: 6 to 8 €
Teenager: 4 to 6 €.

Free entry for children < 12 years, press, the drivers, disabled people.

Payment options:

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


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Amenities and Services

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