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Wine tasting & sightseeing from Cote d'Azur? Tours? Car essential?

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Hello! I'd really appreciate some advice: my partner and I are planning a short stay in the South of France in mid-September. We only have 4 days, sadly. We have already booked a direct train (unchangeable) from Paris to Antibes (no other stops, so getting off early isn't an option) and a flight out of Nice on the fourth day.
We would like to spend a day or two actually seeing Provence, though, we've realized, especially wine tasting, and we didn't realize it would be somewhat difficult to do this from the Cote d'Azur. We are real rosé lovers, although big reds and even whites are also welcome. We are light drinkers, though, so we would probably only visit about 4 wineries maximum in a day--and that would probably give us the taste we're looking for. Even two or three would be fine. Here is what I'm wondering:

1. Do you think we'll have to rent a car, or are there a few wineries accessible by bus/train on the eastern side of Provence? Can you recommend any decent ones? Or even a good tour operator, if necessary? Would a tour take the fun out of it?

2. Should we just scrap our direct train tickets (cost: 108 euros total) and get new ones, changing our plans entirely and taking the train instead from Paris to Marseille or Toulon, spend a day and night there, and perhaps take a wine tour, and then head out to the Cote d'Azur from there? (the bus and train service to get from Antibes to Marseille or Aix is impossible in terms of the wine tours I've seen--there's a big gap between 10 am and 2pm, and it's a long journey.) We aren't set on a wine tour, but are intimidated by the idea of paying for and dealing with a rental car, getting gas, finding our way around, etc.

3. Would it be worth the expense and trouble of renting a car and changing our plans to get a real taste of the villages and wineries we'd see if we drove from Marseille/Aix/Toulon to the Cote d'Azur? Or are there tasting rooms in cities or towns that we could reach from out east via train or bus that would be a better bet?

i hope my questions aren't all over the place. Basically, I'd love it if you had any info on either the quality of the wineries on the eastern side of Provence, good wine tours leaving from the Cote d'Azur, and/or advice about reaching good wineries or tasting rooms anywhere in this region without a car. Or if you would strongly advise against any of those options, I'd like to know that, too!

Many, many thanks for any help you can give.

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