“Here, we think in the long term because we were raised to be farmers, not celebrities,” emphasizes Sébastien Craveris as he walks through his 30 hectares of vines. The estate has been in the family since 1805 and Sébastien and his brother Guillaume are now in charge. La Tourraque is surrounded by 50 hectares of pine forest, and it was once a self-sustaining farm that raised its animals and produced its own wines, fruit, vegetables, and cereals. “Our grandparents, Joseph and Odette Brun, shaped the estate. Our parents, Line and José, as well as my uncle Alain Brun, still maintain a deep emotional connection to this land,” continues Sébastien. La Tourraque has been committed to organic farming since 2010 and produces 95% of its wines under the AOP Côtes-de-Provence appellation, with the rest classified as Vin de France. Each year, the vineyards produce 100 000 bottles of rosé wine. Made from a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, and Tibouren grapes, the pale-pink wine's light body makes it the perfect accompaniment to traditional Provençal stuffed vegetables or pasta with pistou. Meanwhile, the aromatic whites evoke a fruit orchard as they burst with peach and pear flavors before finishing with subtle notes of citrus. Protected from the winds and with a carefully managed yield, the vineyard produces wines with a superb density of flavor. The two brothers have recently produced a 400-bottle batch of Muscat that was aged in acacia barrels to highlight the notes of honey and white flowers. A light wine with very little residual sugar, it is wonderful as an aperitif or with hard cheeses such as Comté. Never short of ideas, this summer the two thirty-somethings are offering a Grenache-Rolle rosé that has been lightly aged in acacia barrels. This fresh wine boasts a good length and an astonishing complexity with green coffee aromas. It's all part of a philosophy of reinvigorating the wines while remaining loyal to traditions.

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Visit of the Tourraque (upon registration) 2 hours of vineyard discovery, winemaking and tasting process. € 15 / pers. in French and in English