WINE & VINEYARD

BANDOL, THE TERROIR OF TERROIRS

BETWEEN LAND AND SEA
From the Massif of Sainte-Baume down to the shore of the Mediterranean, the vine is an integral part of the landscape and its presence makes itself felt everywhere.

The Bandol vineyard lies in a natural amphitheatre where the vines are planted on terraces over approximately 1,500 hectares.
Several generations of wine growers had to shape the hillsides to make them suitable for vine cultivation and these terraced slopes are the result of their perseverance.

A MULTI-FACETED GEOLOGY
These arid lands, formed essentially of marl and limestone, are rigorously demarcated by the appellation decree. The rich land has flowed towards the plain, leaving the hillsides to the vines which prosper in the prized aridity of poor soils, as befits the grands Crus.

It is known at Bandol that soils with limited yields avoid the dilution of aromas and allow the wine to reveal its full richness and flavours.

A UNIQUE CLIMATE AND SUN EXPOSURE
The Bandol terroir faces due south to the sea and benefits from nearly 3,000 hours of sun exposure a year.

At its feet, the Mediterranean protects the vineyard from extreme temperatures while on the heights, the pine and oak forests covering the hills block the cold northerly winds.

In the shelter of this natural amphitheatre, dotted with olive and almond trees, the vineyard enjoys a micro-climate where sea and in-land breezes provide just the right balance of aeration and rain.
The Mistral wind ensures a perfectly healthy climate is maintained, even after heavy rains.
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