The domaine is situated in the region of Bouches-du-Rhône.
The landscape is magnificent and diverse – characteristic of the Provencal countryside. You are always close to nature, and yet never really far away from picturesque towns, historic monuments and plenty of excellent art.
Bouches-du-Rhône is often referred to as the original Provence. Bouches-du-Rhône is bounded by the Rhône-delta towards West, by the Durance-river towards North and by the Mediteraneen Sea towards South, while le Massif de la Ste-Beaume forms a border towards the East.
This region consists of flat landscape and hill country, extensive areas of vineyards, knotted olive trees, lavender fields, almond trees and tall, slim cypresses.
It is also here you find the great marsh land at the Rhone delta, known as the Camargue, where you can experience exotic birds, wild horses and bulls, flamingos – and high salt mountains. Le Carmargue completely differs from all other areas in Provence, with its very flat landscape.
Sainte Marie de la Mer on the Mediterranean is said to be the home of Maria Magdalene´s arrival in France. The gypsies´ legendary Black Sara is worshiped here side by side with Maria Magdalene.
Beautiful Saint-Remy is known as the haven of the wealthy and the elegant university town- Cezanne´s hometown and the main city in Provence – Aix-en-Provence, fascinate – here one meet at the legendary Saturday market.
The colourful port of Marseille, known for its bouillabaisse as well as the smaller ports la Ciotat and Cassis are full of wonderful restaurants. The coast along the Mediterranean is broken by the breathtaking Calanques, fjord-like inlets between vertical white cliffs and undisturbed beaches.
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The domain is situated between the cities Miramas and Istres on D-16, surrounded by old, well-known and charming cities like Aix, Arles, Avignon, Salon and Saint-Remy and with the colourful melting pot seaport Marseilles, only 50 km away.
Your daily shopping can be done either in Miramas, which is located four kilometres away. Here there are several bakers, butchers, greengrocers, fish shops, pharmacies and the supermarkets Champion and Intermarche.
Shopping can alternatively be done in Istres. The six kilometre long journey is extraordinarily beautiful, the road winds its way along the lakefront and makes the shopping trip something quite special.
On Thursdays there is a market in the city centre, with swelling vegetable stalls, seeked out olives, local delicacies and fresh cheeses from the local farmers.
There is a market in Istres on Tuesdays.
In our community there are several wonderful restaurants.
Here a small selection.
Just across the other side of the lake in the town of Saint-Chamas - which we can look across to – you will find our favourite restaurant Le Rabelais, with sought after modern cuisine based on the provincial traditions - without being spoiled.
In the small nearby town of Grans you will find the very cosy family-run restaurant Le Planet, where “madame” will take good care of the guests, here the good provincial food is served.
Grans is a beautifully restored town, yet another typical fantastic place, where you can enjoy a cool aperitif in the shade of the platan trees.
In Istres the gastronomic temple Les Deux Toques is found, where the star chef Sébastien Richard presents a creative and and changing menu, again based on the good local raw products.
In Provence you can play almost any imaginable sport.
Outdoor sports and water sports are particularly popular in the mild climate.
Along the coast and on Etàng de Berre it is possible to surf, dive, swim, fish and go water skiing.
In the Bouches-du-Rhône you will find 10 golf courses and the opportunities for hiking, horse riding and rafting are many.
The French enjoy cycling and the area around us is very well suited for cycling trips.
Here the opportunities for the experienced cyclist are many – whether it be on or off road.
We are happy to help with other ideas.
The wines in our area, Coteaux d´Aix-en-Provence and Côtes de Provence, is to a large part AOC classified and most of the local wine producers offer both rose as well as red and white wine.
The grapes are typically Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Counoise, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah.
In Provence you drink rose for almost everything, but that does not mean that the quality of the red and white wines are poorer because of that.
Most vineyards still offer, in addition to wine bottles, sales of canister (vrac) or packaged in convenient 5 and 10 litres vacuum boxes. It is generally always possible to be able to taste the wine, and in addition to wines, most also produce olive oil and fresh olives in the season.
We can among other wineries recommend:
RN 569 - Chemin du Vieux Sulauze, 13140 Miramas
The owners have besides the main wine production, a major breeding of bulls. They also regularly hold concerts and other events.
Château Sulauze’s fields neighbour our fields.
RD 10 - 13680 Lancon de Provence
This castle has for the last five years expanded its business with a large assortment of homemade delicacies. So here you can buy delicious wines and delicate specialties.
RD 10 - 13680 Lancon de Provence
Rustic and good. Superb red wine - a winery in the old style, with fine and friendly service.
Their olive oil is classified, tastings are always available.
Domaine de Lunard
D16 B - 13140 Miramas
Produces excellent Vin de Pays, the winery is a little tucked away, in a very beautiful area behind Miramas.
Peacocks wander freely around and it is even madame herself who competently guides the visitors around.
Worth an experience - besides the good wine