The dream of a forerunner
A history that begins more than a century agoMore
A solar, mediterranean and fiery terroir
A soil drained by stones sleeping on a bed of blue clay...More
The quality of a fine wine is never a coincidence. It bears witness to the generosity of the terroir and the men who care for it. It also tells the great history of the winemakers in this little part of the Vaucluse, who are passionate about their work and have a great love for life.
The history of Saint Prefert began more than a century ago, in 1920.
The rounded stones of Saint Préfert are the last witnesses of the time when the Rhône river, then fierce, tore away fragments of rock from the alpes and deposited them here in the plains. They still illustrate the intensity of an excessive and extreme climate. The spirited mistal, when at full force, sweeps through the plains and hills drying up plants and men alike.
The challenge here is water. The soils of Saint Préfert are stony, porous, aerated, and filtering. This permits the vines to root deeply into the blue clay layer that forms the distant bed of the Rhône river. This blue clay is what makes magic happen in the soils of our winery. Miraculously all of our vineyards rest on it. That's what gives our wines a specific richness, making it singular and unique.
It is this place where the vines know extreme temperatures, the roots must go to the source of water, within the veins of this magical blue clay.