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Mirabeau Wine Emerges from a Dream

Keep reading for details on a contest and giveaway!

Media sources and reputable wine journals have published countless articles about “Team Cronk” a nickname often used for the Mirabeau Wine duo Stephen and Jeany Cronk. The wine industry is teeming with personal stories of joys and heartaches, tales that are blended with a passion for grapes. After all, no sane person would give up a decent paying job, sell their home and pull their three children out of London schools to move to a small Provencal village if it was not in pursuit of a dream.

A wine-filled dream.

In 2009, that is exactly what the Cronks did. Their audacious goal was to make world-class rosé in a region that might be considered a pink-tinted ocean of wine. Based on their collection of award-winning vintages it seems that Mirabeau Wine has made huge strides in accomplishing their target. Janine Marsh, the founder, and editor of The Good Life France , interviewed Stephen Cronk and wrote this great background piece “Life is rosé for Expats in Cotignac, Provence.”  Personally, I am still trying to sort out how he rode a tandem bike by himself…

For a British family, who spoke very little French, choosing Cotignac as their home base was not obvious. The Cronks’ choice was spawned only by a fortuitous recommendation from a friend who understood that the family did not want to jump into the expat community in Aix-en-Provence.  The Cronk children have attended the local school since their arrival while Stephen and Jeany have embraced village life and worked hard to embed Mirabeau Wine into the fabric of the town center.

Cotignac streets #Cotignac #Var #Provence


Cotignac is a beautiful village in the Var, about an hour from Aix-en-Provence and roughly the same distance from the Mediterranean. If that sounds idyllic, you should plan a visit to this town that tumbles from the base of an imposing limestone cliff complete with it troglodytes’ caves. Tempted? Read about are 5 reasons you should visit Cotignac and why Cotignac is a perfect village.

Mirabeau Wine is a dream team of top winemakers, dedicated growers and marketing gurus who re-enforce the brand and produce a fabulous stable of wine.  You can read more about the group here. They have also spent countless hours (not to mention capital) to convert a former 16th-century winery into the Mirabeau Wine Cellars, office and now a tempting retail boutique.

Mirabeau en Provence #Cotignac #Var @MirabeauWine


To celebrate the budding fruit that will be carefully tended, delicately picked and expertly blended into the 2016 vintage of Mirabeau Wines, Jeany has put together a lovely giveaway for one lucky Perfectly Provence reader.

All you need to do to win this goodie package of an apron, two Provencal tapenades and a mini tree of life is to please add your comments below this post.

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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).


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    March 18, 2016 at 8:43 am — Reply

    What a wonderful story – another one,* of a family following their dreams. It is all about having the guts to take the road less travelled, even if you are worried that it may have a dead end. In their case, the road has taken them to fulfilling their dreams, possibly beyond even their own expectations.

    Super article, delighted to have discovered it. I wish you and the Cronks the very best – keep following those roads :)

    *The Hotel Aiguaclara, Begur – Clara & Joan and their family – is also a story of following their dreams.

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      March 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm — Reply

      Hi Jackie, we agree the Cronk family story of following their dream (ok maybe it was more Steven’s dream) to get into the wine business and launch Mirabeau Wine is inspiring. We all have dreams, but not everyone follows them. And, not everyone can make lovely rosé :-)

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