Pierredon, Provence, Saint Rémy de Provence, Alpilles, les Baux

A magic place

600 hectares of forest and "garrigues" scrubland with the Alpilles mountains stretching as far as the eye can see...

A chapel nestled in a hollow of the valley, a ruined Abbey, a beautiful provençal residence...

Calm and serenity.

A landscape of breathtaking beauty

The Alpilles range, in the heart of Provence.

An unspoilt environment.

Natural, architectural and cultural heritage

An exceptional 600 hectare estate

Committed to quality

A great human adventure

Bringing life back to the estate

Blocks of grey-white limestone, forests of Aleppo pines, green oaks and rockroses, broad stretches of scented garrigues with century old boxwood trees...this is the Alpilles massif, which runs out from the Alps between Crau and Petite Crau. Its name is said to come from the provençal word Aupiho, a diminutive of Aup (the alps).

The high slopes of the land bear witness to the geological shocks that have shattered the area over many millennia. Their bare austerity contrasts with the green vegetation under an intense bright sky. At the peak of the massif stands the Opies tower, 498 metres above sea level, to the east of the range.

In one valley, amid cypress, olive and almond trees sits the Pierredon chapel with its bell-tower, the only original bell-tower remaining in any of the Abbeys founded by the Chalais monks, built between the end of the eleventh and turn of the twelfth centuries.

The Alpilles range is a big draw for nature lovers. Since 2006, it has been legally protected as the Parc Régional des Alpilles

In the immediate surroundings of the property are some well-known pretty villages, which continue to treasure their rich architecture and local way of life. The village of Mouriès is France's leading maker of olive oil and fiercely defensive of its traditions.

Saint Rémy de Provence, where the property stands, is the little capital of the Alpilles, inhabited since prehistoric times and rich in architectural heritage.

Set in the middle of the nature reserve (Parc, the property retains its ancient bounds, disturbed only by the odd country road. The scale of the land has made it possible to plant to demanding specifications. Every plot has the right soil, the right exposure and the right varieties of vine.

Today, the estate is planted with 10 hectares of olives and 10 hectares of vines, using traditional provençal varieties: rolle, grenache, cinsault, syrah, but also cabernet-sauvignon, merlot and sauvignon which grow well in this type of soil but are less common in the region.

In 2001, the property passed into the hands of a new owner with a passion for the local landscape and history. The chapel, the house and the gardens were refurbished to create a grand family house where three generations can meet in comfort.

In the surroundings, springs have been cleaned and repaired so that the water runs again. Geologists have been studying the area in detail to identify the best parcels of land. These are cleared, improved and planted with vines and olives grown in organic conditions. The first harvest was in 2008.

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