Domaine d'Espeyran has belonged to the Sabatier family since 1791, they own this beautiful estate in Saint Gilles. From the 18th century, the family has been continuously improving the productions. Next to the domain there is a beautiful castle, 1 gite and a huge hunting ground. Including the vineyards, this 535 hectares of land makes a complete picture not far from the Camargue. In the photo owner Blaise de Bordas at work.
Domaine Le Grand Castelet has been in the possession of the Gallego family since the 19th century, who received this beautiful place from General Sorbier who was a war fighter in Napoleon's army. The whole consists of a maison de maître with a typical Provencal courtyard where a sundial has been erected since 1740. A total of 150 hectares of vineyards, crops and forest in Tarascon along the Rhone.
The Pastouret family produces organic, Costières de Nîmes, wines. The domain has been certified organic since 1993. The Pastouret family has managed the domaine of 30 hectares of land since 1908. They also sell organic asparagus and organic olive oil. It is a wonderful family business that is always there for you. A huge asset to Bellegarde, where I live.
Maison Rivier has been in the possession of the Rivier family since 1981. They have all been working together with great passion for 6 generations in this beautiful company in Chusclan. The wines also bear the names of the family members and they have developed La vigne pédagogique. This project shows visitors in a fun way how the development of the red and white grape takes place.
A family story, winemakers from father to son for 6 generations, the Castor family is an example of continuity and tradition par excellence. The domain, which was small in the past, developed from the 1970s. Gérard Castor (5th generation) took over the exploitation of 7 hectares of vines in 1970. At that time the demand grew, Gérard Castor, then a young farmer, started planting new vines. In the early 1990s he was in charge of a domain of almost 90 hectares.
Manissy's château dates back to the 17th century. After the First World War, the Congregation of the Missionary Brothers of the Holy Family took advantage of the gift of J. de Talode Du Grail in 1919. this the Missionary Brothers of the Holy Family became owners. They planted the first vines there and produced their first Tavel at the beginning of the 20th century. Since 2003, florian André, a young winemaker from Tavel, has been passionate about perpetuating the fathering tradition and creating new Cuvées. And this is no coincidence! Florian André has been a family of winemakers from Tavel for seven generations.
Appellations, the designations of the origin of the wine
IGP Alpilles is a wine appellation whose wines are produced in the vineyard of Provence-Corse, a vineyard in southeastern France and in the wine region of Provence. The terroir benefits from a Provencal Mediterranean climate and limestone, shale, granite, phyllade, sandstone, marl and alluvial sand. IGP Alpilles has the European IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) label. The IGP label is the label that has replaced the VDP label (Vin De Pays) since 2009.
AOP Costières de Nîmes
AOP Costières de Nîmes, this wine region is located on the right bank of the Rhone on the hills of 24 municipalities. The vineyard covers an area of 12,000 hectares and is approximately 60 kilometers long and 20 kilometers wide. The Appellation Costières de Nîmes is one of the vineyards of the Rhône Valley. In the past, however, this AOC was classified with the Languedoc. To emphasize its identity, the Costières area has asked the well-known French designer Philippe Starck to shape their wine bottles. This bottle, called the Nîmoise, has the logo of Costières de Nîmes and the logo of the city of Nîmes (a crocodile at the foot of a palm tree) engraved.
AOC Côtes du Rhône villages
The AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages was created by decree on November 2, 1966, supplemented by a new decree on August 25, 1967. The AOC area includes 95 villages in the 4 southern Rhône departments of the Ardèche, Drôme, Gard and Vaucluse. 21 of these villages have reached a level of quality that allows them to add their village name to the labels of their Côtes du Rhône Villages wines. These are in du Gard: Chusclan, Laudun, Saint-Gervais and Signargues.
Vin de France
Vin de France is a table wine designation from France that has been in use since 2010. Vin de France wines may indicate the grape variety (e.g. Chardonnay or Merlot) on the label, but are not labeled by region or denomination; they are only labeled as coming from France. This means that the wines are usually sold under brand names or as branded varietal wines.
The AOC produces red wine and white wine, but it is above all the first to achieve worldwide fame. Red Châteauneuf-du-Pape can be made from multiple grape varieties (13 in total). Grenache dominates, delivering a blend of finesse and power, which is the sign of great wines. For the record, the village became the summer residence of the papacy under Clement V in 1314, it is his successor John XXII who gives access to the wine produced to the appellation of "Vin du Pape".
Tavel is a Grand Cru from the Rhone Valley and is considered by many gourmets to be the best rosé in the world. On the slopes bordering the right bank of the Rhone between the bridge of Avignon and the bridge of Gard.