Our Terroir

The alpilles

Located in the heart of Provence, northwest of Bouches-du-Rhône county, the Alpilles mountain range stretches from the banks of the Rhône to the banks of the Durance River.

Vineyards and olive trees have grown there since time immemorial. The forests of pines and holm oaks add to the beauty and permanence of the landscape.

Organic agriculture

Since 2006 our 90 hectares of vineyards have been organically grown.

Organic farming means no use of herbicides that contaminate soils, that lead to resistant weeds and jeopardize the consumer. We work the soil gently to eliminate weeds.Tilling aerates the soil, mineralizes organic matter, reduces water stress during the summer. Tilling discourages the vines’ shallow roots and encourages the roots to go deeper and deeper.

Agro-chemical mineral fertilizers are not used in organic farming. Such mineral fertilizers and herbicides are a major source of pollution for groundwater and watercourses. We prefer the use of organic composts and farm manure that nourish the soil directly and the vine indirectly. The slow, sustainable mineralization of these organic materials nurtures the vines more smoothly and gradually.

Tillage and use of organic composts make it possible to obtain grapes that have more flavor and better organoleptic balance. They encourage the vine roots to explore the soil which leads to better expression of the soil, the terroir.

It all begins with the work on the vines

We expressly prune our vines short and manually remove flower buds in order to limit the yields. The harvested grapes are very carefully sorted, destemmed, crushed and then vinified in our vats.

After fermentation, the different grape varieties are blended. They then go into tanks, casks or oak barrels to continue maturation.

The vineyard

Our vineyards cover 90 hectares in the Alpilles range, at the confluence of three major growing regions: Rhône Valley, Provence and Languedoc. Domaine de Valdition vineyards grow a wide range of grape varieties.

White grape varieties we grow are:

Bourboulenc, Chardonnay, Chasan, Clairette Blanche, Grenache Blanc, Maccabeu, Muscat Petit grain, Roussane, Vermentino, Viognier and Pinot Gris.

Red grape varieties we grow are:

Grenache noir, Syrah, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Marselan, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Carignan, Petit Verdot.

Soil composition at Domaine de Valdition naturally limits yield which is very conducive to the quality of our wine.

The olive groves

The olive tree is the symbol of the Mediterranean area

he olive groves at Domaine de Valdition includes all the olive varieties from the Baux Valley: Aglandau, Salonenque, Grossanne, and Verdale.

We also grow the Bouteillan variety which originates from the Var region. It has adapted beautifully to the Alpilles and gives a fiery taste.

Our 30 hectares of olive trees are organically grown

Our oil is made exclusively from our olives that are harvested by hand from late October until early December.

We make “Fruité Vert AOP Vallée des Baux”, (fruity green) from olives, primarily the Aglandau variety, that are picked early in the season and pressed within hours of the harvest in order to preserve their antioxidant potential.

Our fruity-black olive oil “Fruité noir AOP Vallée des Baux” is made primarily from the Salonenque olive variety. The olives are kept for a few days before being pressed. This step allows for a subtle, slight fermentation that gives this oil its typical aromas of tapenade, black olive, truffle and cacao.