Le Domaine de la Verrière
The Domaine de la Verrière once belonged to the Roy René de Provence where he set up Italian glassmakers in 1470. The name of the Domaine, therefore, comes from these ancient glassworks (verrière means a large glass window).
In 1969 Bernard and Françoise Maubert fell in love with this very special place overlooking the Calavon valley. They settled in and started one of the first private wineries in the Ventoux region.
In 1985 their son Jacques and his wife Véronique took over from them and today look after the 28 hectares (69 acres) of vines, respecting the environment and producing wines that reflect this distinctive terroir.
The winery itself dates from 1900 with a vat built in local stone. It was enlarged in 2000 with the construction of an underground barrel cellar and an air-conditioned room for storing and ageing the wines in bottles. A modern vat for the vinification of the whites and rosés was also installed.
All the vines under production are grown without weed killers. Between the vines the ground is ploughed in alternate strips, leaving every other one grassed over to limit erosion. Organic fertilizer is preferred to encourage the microbiology of the ground and the good health of both the plants and the soil.
The yields are limited by hard pruning in winter, a rigorous bud rubbing in the spring and, if necessary, bunch thinning in the summer. This really enables the tremendous potential of these slopes to be exploited and benefits the varietal typicity of our traditional grape varieties: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault for the red and rosé wines, Roussane, Clairette, White Grenache, Viognier and Vermentino for the white wines.