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.
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.