Château de Suze-la-Rousse

Step through the gates of this rather impressive stronghold and there you are: the Renaissance court yard with its delicate decors is yours! The recreative park filled with ancient trees and the castle’s apartments await your visit.


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
  • French


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

Labels and ranking

  • Michelin guide
  • Wine tourism
  • Le Routard guide
  • Vineyards and Discovery Accreditation
  • Petit Fûté
  • Bad weather alternative
  • Qualité Tourisme™
  • Recommended by high heat


  • Handicrafts workshops
  • Botanic trail
  • Shows
  • Activity
  • Concert
  • Children's entertainment
  • Discovery trail/orientation trail


From 10/02 to 29/02/2024
on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 1 pm and 5 pm.

From 01/03 to 30/06/2024
daily between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2024
daily between 10 am and 6 pm.

From 01/09 to 31/10/2024
daily between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.

From 01/11 to 31/12/2024
on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 1 pm and 5 pm.
Closed exceptionally on November 11th and December 25th.


Individual tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours available permanently

Group tour

  • Guided group tours on request
  • Max. group size: 35


Full price: 6 to 8 €
Reduced price: 4 to 6 €.

Payment options:

  • Check
  • Cash
  • Bank/credit card
  • Pass’Région
  • Online payment
  • Travellers Cheque
  • Contactless payment


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Amenities and Services

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


  • Visual disability
  • Documentation available in Braille
  • Relief map, tactile model or audio device description available at the reception
  • Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities