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Vines and “terroir”

Our six hectares of vines are comprised of two small parcels of land on the gently sloping plateau of Cap Camarat, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, 100 meters (320 feet) below. The soil is a mixture of sand, clay and stone, high in iron and other minerals.

 All this amounts to an ideal setting for growing superb wine grapes and, indeed, there have been vineyards at Château Volterra for nearly a century. Sadly however, a decade of neglect had left these vines in ruins by the end of the 1990s. We chose to start a fresh and, given the suitability of the terroir for fine Côtes de Provence wines, set our sights on top quality production. In 1999, the vineyards were entirely replanted with appellation varietals known to thrive in the region: for red wines, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cabernet Sauvignon; for white, Vermentino and in the interest of diversification, two “bordelais” varietals were also planted, Chardonnay and Merlot.

 The warm breezy dry climate discourages the development of fungus and other diseases, so that in most cases, a few targeted treatments copper sulfate (used by organic growers) are needed to prevent or control disease.

Each vine is tended by hand and kept clear of weeds manually. No chemical herbicides are used. The vines are hand-pruned to a low bud count and bunches are dropped as necessary after fruit set to produce the best fruit possible.