Near Mont Sainte-Victoire, a wine estate renews its ties with the tradition of the bastide.
In the 18th century, a "bastide" referred to a second home owned by the nobility and the bourgeoisie, their "country mansion". These country houses of yesteryear were designed for the pleasure of city-based families. In this case, the dimensions were all reappraised and now serve to showcase the property as a whole.
Light flooded in with the creation of an orangery opening onto the swimming-pool, which was built on the site of the old irrigation pond.
The terraces offer an enchanting view of the luxuriant gardens created by Dominique Lafourcade.
Lafourcade Architecture converted an old shelter at the entrance to the property into a traditional cellar.
The 9-hectare wine estate, located in the heart of the prestigious cru classé "Palette", is one of the longest-established Provençal AOCs and can probably claim to be the oldest vineyard in France. In fact, it was originally planted by Roman legionaries about one hundred years BC.