HISTORY OF WINEGROWING IN THE VAR
The origins of Château Mentone's vineyards created by the Perrot de Gasquet family date back to the 1840s.
In late 2003 Marie-Pierre Caille took over the reins of Château Mentone, whose vineyards are among the oldest in the Côtes de Provence appellation. She immediately set out restoring the vines, and modernising winemaking production to implement standards of excellence, while maintaining as many of the historic plots as possible. Today, the average age of Mentone’s vines is 30 years old: some Clairette vines are over 50 years old while some Carignan vines are over 80 years old.
Careful to restore the quality of the soil and biodiversity after years of conventional wine growing (one of the heaviest users of pesticides in France), between 2008 and 2012 Marie-Pierre Caille converted the estate to biodynamic production.
Today, production is limited to average yields of 35hl/ha, which enables the grapes to mature fully to create the perfect expression of this healthy natural historic terroir.Order Chateau Mentone wines