If you have become immune to those same spa treatments or the everyday relaxing tub bath, it's time to reinvent the definition of wellness for yourself with this fabulous wine-making estate in France!
Posted on: March 10, 2012
If you have become immune to those same spa treatments or the everyday relaxing tub bath, it’s time to reinvent the definition of wellness for yourself with this fabulous wine-making estate in France!
Much like luxury, wellness, as we all concur, has different definitions for different people. For some it can be regular spa treatments while for others it can be a home-cooked meal with family.
What charmed us, however, was vino wellness, coupled with stunning countryside and peaceful surroundings! What better way to ensure bliss than enjoying some wine which is prepared on your very own grounds!
Emile Garcin Properties provides that chance. With a number of properties in their portfolio, this particular one in France (which does not really have a name), enticed us the most. The location is conveniently located about 30 kilometers from Aix-en-Provence, and 40 minutes from its TGV station and from Marseilles Provence international airport. Ideally placed in the heart of the Luberon hills, it gives the opportunity to benefit both from peace of the Durance lower valley (leading to the Luberon hills) and the proximity of the ‘civilised’ Aix-en-Provence.
The estate enjoys a Mediterranean climate with cool nights and cold winters and protection from the Mistral (strong, cold winds) due to the Luberon hills. The property includes a master residence, a caretaker’s cottage and the various winery buildings. A park is a part of the property too which has been enhanced with fountains, ornamental pools and waterfalls. Beyond, the domain covers 18 hectares of woodland on a hillside, olive groves, two vegetable gardens, a swimming pool, a tennis court, a truffiere (truffle oaks), a cherry orchard and 20 hectares of AOC vines, the whole in one piece.
Stand at the height of the property and take in the gorgeous views over the Sainte Victoire, Mount Ventoux and the Alpilles. You’ll be transfixed to that spot for life…
The wine deal
The vineyard on the premises produces AOC wines and is bordered by a small mountain stream. Created before Roman time, the vineyard is about 35 years old. The quality of wine is highly dependent on the ‘terroir’, that is, the land conditions on which the grapes have grown. At these vineyards, the soil is clayey and chalky, with a deep subsoil and ideal sunshine levels. Currently, 23 ha are exploited, including two ha of young vines and three ha in rental system. An extension of the vineyard area could be easily created.
The grape varieties grown are traditional of the region, including Grenache, Syrah and Carignan for red wines, Vermentino, Clairette, Ugni and Viognier for white wines. The final production is composed of 55 per cent red wine, 25 per cent white wine and 20 per cent rosé wine. Around 120,000 units of wines from this estate are sold, mainly exported to Great Britain, Japan, China, USA, Canada and Benelux. The sale from the in-house tasting cellar takes advantage of the fame and touristic site of the nearby village.
Two employees work for the domain, in addition to the owner and his wife. The property is organized around a GFA (grouping farmland) and an EARL (farming exploitation limited liability).
Costing a whopping 6,360,000 Euros, the property is well worth it! Be a part of the wine-making process, or simply sip over some quality wine, this will certainly prove to be a better well-being experience than any other luxury service provider…
For more information, log on to: www.emilegarcin.com