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Chateau Dalmeran 10th Food and Wine Contest

Domaine Dalmeran is nestled against the Alpilles a short distance from Saint Etienne du Grès and a few kilometres from St Remy de Provence. Despite its proximity to these villages the isolated vineyard, is an “island” of vines invisible from the road — the Via Domitia – an ancient Roman road that once led to Spain.

Béatrice and Neil Joyce acquired the property in 2006 and continued to grow grapes and olives on 12 hectares of land. Many of the vines are now over 25-years old and produce fruit of excellent quality. The vineyard follows strict organic growing principals leveraging the natural environmental benefits of Provencal weather; the heat of the sun, naturally draining limestone soil and the drying gusts from Mistral winds.

Chateau Dalmeran - Beatrice et Neil Joyce #WinesofProvence Les Alpilles #AOPLesBauxdeProvence

The owners are hopeful that when visitors arrive at the domain, they can de-stress in this magical setting. Wine and olive oil maybe the end-products generated from the agricultural focus of the property, but it is the delight of artistic pursuits that the Joyce family hope that their guests can appreciate (along with the wine).  Chateau Dalmeran hosts annual jazz concerts, rotating contemporary artists and several food-related events.

Chateau Dalmeran - Beatrice Joyce #WinesofProvence Les Alpilles #AOPLesBauxdeProvence

April 4, 2016, is the 10th annual Concours Dalmeran a contest for six (6) young aspiring chefs (under 35 years old) to demonstrate their culinary talents in front of their peers. This year, the chefs will be pairing their gastronomic creations with 2010 Château Dalmeran MMX red and Dalmeran white from 2014.

The judges are notable in their fields; Philippe Faure-Brac (Top Global Sommelier -1992) () and Michelin-starred chef Christian Tetedoie from Lyon (President of l’Association des Maîtres Cuisiniers de France). There is also a jury of top sommeliers and Michelin-star chefs from the region. The judges and jury will award prizes to the top three dishes for quality, taste and wine pairing. The three chefs who get to the podium each receives a monetary prize and bragging rights.


45, Avenue Notre-Dame-Du-Château

13103 Saint-Etienne-du-Grès

Tel : +33 04 90 49 04 04

Image credits: photos were provided by and published with the permission of Domaine Dalmeran


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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).


  1. March 21, 2016 at 3:48 pm — Reply

    Ooooh, sounds grand! Love the Alpilles region wine estates. Thank you!

    • March 21, 2016 at 11:07 pm — Reply

      HI Jill: I am sorry to miss that 10th anniversary wine and food pairing event at Domaine Dalmeran – I will just have to drink some Provencal wine that night!

  2. April 16, 2016 at 8:59 am — Reply

    Sounds like a magical place, the contest would have been something pretty impressive to attend, sorry I couldn’t get there, I was in Brittany! Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance

    • April 17, 2016 at 6:41 am — Reply

      Hi Phoebe: the wine and food pairing @Domaine Dalmeran is a great event. I hope to make it one year too!

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