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Château Barbebelle is one of the oldest properties in the region, already known in Roman times. The proof: the tomb of a famous Aixoise family has been found there: the Dominici family. We have been producing wine there for 4 generations...Lire plus Learn more
Château Barbebelle is one of the oldest properties in the region, already known in Roman times, as shown by the tomb found on the property of the Dominici family, a famous Aixoise family. Today I am here to bring modernity to this field to the old know-how. Don't rest on your laurels! I like to chat with the vines while riding between the rows at dawn! I try to dedicate myself privileged moments like this several times a week! The space we have at Château Barbebelle allows us to plant only in the best plots, those with the most interesting exposure and soil. We have an extremely beneficial clayey-limestone soil for our vines. We are lucky. On the other hand, they are old (average 25 years) and have long roots that allow them to seek the best from far away in the earth. In addition, we only weed mechanically. Without the use of chemical weedkillers. 80% of our soil is located in the hills. Our wines are less early than seaside wines but have a very good ageing potential. They have a very good natural acidity.
Before Château Barbebelle was almost the only property in the area, the entire harvest was sold to the cellar on site. Today we are 7 cellars in our village alone. It's time to face the competition and find new markets! As an only child, some people think I was forced to take over Barbebelle's management! Not at all! Disappointed by the marketing in a large agri-food group that was idealized by my business school, I didn't hesitate for long to choose life in Provence! The transition from my father to me is brutal. Imagine, Dad doesn't even know how to use a computer and I'm joining an online community! My strength is that I have followed a quality business training course that gives me confidence in myself and my ability to convince. In addition to that, there is the desire to work hard to make Barbebelle evolve!
To be a winegrower is to know your property by heart. Knowing how to take advantage of each square metre of your land to make this or that vine flourish to produce quality grapes. It also means knowing how to plan for the future and anticipate plantations in an intelligent way (choice of plots to plant, grape varieties, developments...). I have complete confidence in our oenologist and I know I can count on him. He started his career at the same time as my father and now he has become one of the best oenologists in the South of France. He advises me as if I were his daughter!
In agriculture, it is customary to work as a couple and as a family... And my generation is no exception to the rule! Our wines are produced thanks to 42 hectares of vines hidden within a 300-hectare territory in one piece. Such a property is rare in Provence and offers us a great richness of terroirs. Each plot of vines flourishes thanks to a different soil and sunshine! Being a winegrower means mastering 10 professions at once, you have to know how to take care of your vines, vinify them with rigour and elegance, choose the packaging for our bottles, manage the supply and logistics, sell your wine, manage the accounting, untangle the administrative procedures, manage the teams, invent your own communication agency! All the links in the chain are essential.