Wine tasting and discovery within the heart of the Provençal vineyards
A tasty tour by bike or chauffeured van
Domaine Aspras in Correns
Located along the Argens valley is the Aspras wine estate, at the highest northern point of the Côtes de Provence grouping. Organically farmed since 1995 it’s 32 hectares of vines have benefitted from a privileged geographical location. The land is surrounded by limestone hills with white earth and is thus named after “asper-aspera” in Latin, highlighting the roughness of the rocky soil. The Aspras estate is particularly distinguished by several types of soil: the white limestone soils of the Cannebière hillsides, ideal for white grape varieties; the sandy soils of the Argens plain; the bauxite red lands of Broves, suitable for structured rosé and red wines; and finally, the clay limestone soils of Tras la Garde, which produce fruity red wines and lively white and rosé wines. These land peculiarities give the Aspras wines a unique complexity, colour and richness that compliments the regional Provençal territory.
Chateau Carpe Diem in Cotignac
The Chateau Carpe Diem wine estate covers around thirty hectares just outside Cotignac. Certified in organic farming by ECOCERT, the estate has been cultivating the land since 1977, combining organic farming, natural biodynamics and local traditional know-how. In this natural paradise, white, rosé and red wines labeled AOP Côtes de Provence, AOP Coteaux Varois en Provence and IGP Var are produced. Interestingly, the organised labour in the vineyard and in the cellar – from harvest to pressing – follows the lunar calendar. Furthermore, respect for biodiversity is of the utmost importance: sheep grazing around the vines in winter, installation of hives around the vines and the sowing of plant cover and honey mixtures for the bees, grassing and green manures in the vines, maintenance and planting of hedges around the vines. The result is authentic, delicious and environmentally friendly wines.