Wines from the Luminous Landscape that Inspired Vincent Van Gogh

Driving the D99 into Saint-Rémy-de-Provence may be one of life’s most charming travel pleasures. The roadway is lined with iconic, cicada-filled Plane trees and in the distractingly near distance are the limestone-rich Alpilles, a preserved and biodiverse mountain range where civilization has persisted for 4,000 years. Scattered along the route are ancient Roman and Greek archeological sites and the luminous landscape that inspired Vincent Van Gogh in the last years of his life.

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Organic vines at Domaine Dalmeran. Credit: Jill Barth

Stamped with heritage, the Alpilles Region Natural Park is also home to one of France’s most authentic wine appellations: Les Baux-de-Provence. The appellation is relatively small and relatively new (eleven estates, less than 700 acres, 23-years-old) but is recognized for dedication to sustainable, ecologically-sound, time-honored grape-growing and winemaking.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. I just read the most beautiful postcard from Provence! And, if I sit here quietly for a few moments more, I will imagine myself sitting there, soaking it all up. Thanks for a much-needed distraction this evening!

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    1. Jill Barth says:

      Don’t we wish! Ahhhh!

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  2. You’re just cranking out the articles. I can’t keep up. Another great one. Well done Jill!

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    1. Jill Barth says:

      A busy month – thanks for following along!

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      1. I am enjoying every word!

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        1. Jill Barth says:

          Thanks – so kind of you!

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  3. keithvs says:

    Excellent article! I live in St-Rémy-de-Provence part of the year and love these wines, especially the Rolle-based whites. Also known as Vermentino, the grape is also popular in Corsica and Italy but I think the best wines using it are made here.

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    1. Jill Barth says:

      Working on an Italian Vermentino story now!

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