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The Lady Wine Makers of Les Baux de Provence

Running mostly from east to west Provence’s small Alps – les Alpilles – are a small mountain chain, approximately 30km in length. The highest peak is not quite 500m above sea level, yet this outcropping holds almost mythical status in the region. These jagged limestone spires protected our ancient ancestors in natural caves and knolls. Traces of humanity found in the Alpilles have been dated well before the Celts, Greeks and Romans occupied Glanum.

St Remy Provence Glanum

This same mountain range provided fodder for Van Gogh’s paintings while he was in St Remy. Les Alpilles is a protected regional park, an open-air expanse of natural brush, pines, wildflowers and herbs de Provence. The Parc Naturel Régional des Alpilles encompasses 16 villages and at least many vineyards.

Chateau Romanin #WinesofProvence Les Alpilles #AOPLesBauxdeProvence

The area is perfect for growing wine. The vines thrive is a slightly harsh environment with their roots is a well-draining sandy, rocky soil and their leaves grasping at the endless sunshine. The frequent winds, and in particular the mistral tends to arrive shortly after a rainfall to dry out the grapes. If you are a wine lover, read about the 12 reasons to visit the vineyards of les Baux.

Mas de Gorgonnier #WinesofProvence Les Alpilles #AOPLesBauxdeProvence Photo by Herve FABRE

Who are the winemakers in les Alpilles?

(This article was previously posted in The Good Life France)

It was a rainy October morning when I met with a group of ladies representing the women of les Vignerons des Baux-de-Provence, in the Alpilles. The damp weather provided a moment of reprieve for this group with the grape harvest completed, fermentation underway, and it was too wet to pick olives.

Mas de la Dame - Caroline Missoffe et Anne Poniatowski#WinesofProvence #AOPLesBauxdeProvence

The land surrounding the Alpilles, Provence’s small Alps, is fabulous terroir for both grape vines and olive trees, a reality that likely pre-dated the Greeks and Romans. The business of agriculture and trade became decidedly more structured under the Romans as their objective was to feed hungry troops to continue their territorial expansion. Fiefdoms dominated the Middle Ages including the House of Les Baux. The Baux family ruled over a large swath of land in Provence including 79 towns, directing agricultural practices in the Alpilles and well beyond.

Chateau Dalmeran - Beatrice Joyce #WinesofProvence Les Alpilles #AOPLesBauxdeProvence

Keep reading about the Lady Wine Makers of Provence to discover the personalities behind Mas de la Dame, Domaine Dalmeran and Domaine de la Vallongue, and learn about this AOC that was created just over 20 years ago.

Photo credits: photos provided by and published with the permission of AOC les Baux de Provence

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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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