Saint-Paul de Vence’s wines

The story of a vineyard

Christophe Messineo Holiday Advisor & Tour Guide

Saint-Paul de Vence's wine culture was born of exchanges between the Greeks, settled in Antibes, and the local Ligurians in around 600 BC. The Romans furthered the winemaking trend, which continued to grow throughout the Middle Ages. The 16th century A.D. marked the apex, including celebrations in honour of Saint Vincent, patron saint of winegrowers. Francis I and Vauban enjoyed local wine when visiting Saint Paul de Vence in 1538 and 1700 respectively. The vines of Saint-Paul remain part of the local heritage to this day.

The grape harvest beneath the remparts

An encounter with authenticity: Saint-Paul wine, in sync with nature...

Under the western ramparts, steeped in sunshine, 2 hectares of terraced vineyard produce a very small quantity of wine. (It was served to François 1 (1538) and Vauban (1700) on official visits.) Grapes for both red and white wines are harvested by hand under the supervision of Julien Bertaina, an expert in organic and biodynamic wine-making.

 

Biodynamic cultivation marks a return to nature's way: sustainable, at nature's pace, using soil which is naturally healthy and rich. The vines are better armed against disease, insects and climatic pressure.

Thanks to the quality of the fruit and in-depth knowledge of wine-making processes, nature can run its course via natural fermentation: no yeast or additives or industrial processes. Only a very low amount of sulphites are used.

Experience the grape harvest

Elodie Bassini Marketing Manager

Grapes are harvested each year between late September and early October. Come and watch the harvest – or join in! A unique community experience alongside our wine-growers!

Our vineyards

OUR VINEYARDS
Visits and tastings are also part of the plan.  

Julien Bertaina · At Domaine Saint Joseph
160 chemin des vignes · 06 140 Tourrettes-sur-Loup
Tél. +33 (0)6 09 28 26 59 · bertaina.julien@gmail.com

Louis Giraudo · At Domaine La Vasta
1466 route des Serres - 06570 Saint-Paul de Vence 
Tél. +33 (0)6 10 11 94 00  

 

Time for a tasting...

La Petite Cave 

If you enjoy wines, spirits and a spot of history and culture, visit wine experts Romain and Frédéric at their 14th-century wine cellar on rue de l’étoile. An unforgettable experience with family and friends.

 

La Petite Cave de Saint-Paul

Romain and Frederic regularly organise themed tastings and oenology lessons.
7 rue de l’étoile · +33(0)4 93 32 59 54 · www.cavesaintpaul.fr

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