D 543, 13840 Rognes, France
The vineyards of the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence appellation are the furthest to the West among the wines of Provence. Ten miles north of Aix-en-Provence, on the route to the Luberon region, the 740-acre estate of Chateau Barbebelle boasts more than 100-acres of vineyards. The location is in the heart of a protected wildlife refuge, among cypress trees, pines and holm oaks, and it is here that the vines draw all their energy to produce quality wines. The grape varieties within this appellation include Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cinsault, Vermentino, and Sauvignon, among others. The vines are planted on rugged slopes that are very representative of Provençale terrain; and the majority of the soils are stony clay and limestone which are excellent for retaining moisture. At an average altitude of 1,200 feet, the Chateau de Barbebelle vineyards benefit from cooler temperatures, even in the height of summer. As a result, the vines enjoy abundant sunshine without suffering from the intense heat of Provence.
60 Chemin de Bizard, 26780 Allan France
Nestled in the Drome region of southeastern France, Château Bizard produces more than 100,000 bottles of wine annually, in a wide range of styles. Château Bizard brings together the diverse characteristics and varieties of Rhone Valley grapes to produce blends that are particular to the estate. Of course Syrah and Grenache Noir predominate, but Grenache-Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon enrich the blends, adding their unique attributes to create the estate’s one-of-a-kind wines.
Inspired by nature’s bounty, Château Bizard embraces a daily commitment to implement the essential rules that guarantee high quality production: cultivation techniques that ensure sustainable and respectful viticulture; strict management of production volumes, and the exclusive selection of healthy grapes to maintain a technically advanced plant.
11700 Douzens France
Lying against the foot of Mont Alaric in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southwestern France, Château de Cabriac is set among the hills, planted with vineyards and topped by pine trees. Its position facing the Montagne Noir range provides a panoramic view punctuated by contrasts and colors.
The Cabriac Castle has been a family domain since 1802 and belongs to Jean and Michèle de Cibeins who tend to the cultivation of the vines and the production of wine. Château de Cabriac produces excellent Corbieres reds and white and Vin Pays d’Oc wines that benefit from the particularly favorable soils found in the region.
66300 Trouillas France
Clos Saint Georges is located at the heart of the Rouisillon Plain, in an exceptional terroir known as “Les Aspres,” Five generations of winemakers have graced the estate which has been in the hands of the current familial proprietors, Dominique et Claude Ortal, since 1970.
The 300 acres of vineyards are cultivated with attention to a range of grape varieties that allow for the production of diverse high quality wines: Syrah, black and white Grenche, Mourvedre, Cabernet sauvignon, Carignan, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino, Muscat d’Alexandria, Muscat petit grain,merlot,and Macbeu. The grapes, picked at full maturity, are carefully sorted, de-stemmed and selected. The winery is equipped with the latest techniques for cold maceration that ensures high quality winemaking. Bottling is done at the estate.
69430 Lantignie France
Jean-Marc and Annick Lafont have been producing wines at Domaine Bel-Air for 35 years. The estate overlooks Beaujeu, the historic capital of the Beaujolais region. The vineyards are positioned on south-facing slopes where the terrain is made up of blue granite that lends a superb, fruity and generous quality to their Gamay wines. The steep slopes require almost all of the vineyard work to be done by hand.
The LaFonts philosophy embodies vintage know-how and a micro-climate approach that focuses on each individual plot of vines, recognizing the needs of the earth, and observing and understanding the biology of both the vines and the beneficial fauna living in the vineyards. This principal of integrated vine growing sets Bel-Air apart from most of the local vintners. They prodeuce fine Cru Beaujolais and other great wines.
Carrefour de Bezons Route de Caunes 11620 Villemoustaussou France
Comprised of some 250 acres of vineyards, Château La Mijane is a wine estate situated in the Langedoc-Rousillion region of France. Built in the 18th century, the château borders the famous Canal du Midi which leads to the famous fortified Cite de Carcassonne just four miles southwest of La Mijane. Perfectly situated between the Montagne Noir and the Canal du Midi, Chateau la Mijane has a noteworthy history, having acted as a strategic stop along the Via Aquitania (Roman Road) during the Roman Empire. In the 19th century, Monsieur La Coste, the owner of the estate, decided to take advantage of its strategic location between Toulouse and Sète, investing in vines and transforming the property into one of the most important wine producers in the region at that time.
Today La Mijane produces several wines including Cabardès, one of the smallest terroirs in Languedoc-Roussillon. Cabardès is the only appellation to marry a blend of Atlantic grape varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabarnet Franc) with Mediterranean grape varieties (Syrah and Grenache). The result is a balanced and complex wine combining red fruits and the finesse and liveliness of Atlantic varietals with the richness and flexibility of Mediterranean varietals. The wines issued from this area are known to be elegant and complex thanks to the clay-limestone soil, the good water supply from the nearby six rivers and the Mediterranean and ocean climate influences.
1648 Route de Bonnieux D3, 84400 Apt, France
Domaine de Mayol is situated in the at the bottom of the Rhône Valley in the Vaucluse, in the heart of Provence and within the Luberon regional park. The Luberon is a rustic and savage land of fragrances, and the grapes that grow here produce wines with complex aromas and unforgettable bouquets. The roots of the vines extract thousands of scents from plants that grow nearby – truffles, olives, fruits, lavender and thyme - while the abundant sunshine adds structure and depth to the flavor. Domaine de Mayol offers a robust red and dry white and a delicate quenching Rose wine.
The Domain owes its name to Dom Mayeul; fourth Abbot of Cluny in Burgundy. His indirect descendant, Bernard Viguier, and Karine Gianti Viguier, work naturally to preserve the traditional winemaking methods established at the Domaine. Built several hundred years ago, the winery has evolved perfectly over the years and continues to evolve, with modern tools essential to the production of quality wines.