Chateau Sainte Anne

This 5 Generation winery was among the ones who took part of the setting up of the Appellation status for Bandol. Prior to the era of Appellations certitudes and even in more ancient times. Bandol was already known for making unusually beautiful and long-lasting wines. In the Middle Ages, the wines of the area were named not from Bandol (which wasnn't an independant village until 1715) but from La Cadière, which is one of the villages where Bandol wines are made. This area, built in the sixteenth century by the Congregation of the Fathers of the Oratory, was intended for mixed farming: vineyards and olive trees. They built the vaulted stone cellars that can still be admired in the Château Sainte-Anne. Today, a modern winery was juxtaposed to the former and 35% of the production of wines of Château Sainte-Anne is exported internationally. The terroir of Château Sainte-Anne is implanted on hillsides or typical clay-limestone terraces of the Bandol appellation. The arid limestone co-exist with areas of white sands allowing drainage of the soil in depth. Mourvèdre, emblematic grape of Bandol appellation and Château Sainte-Anne, the specific advantage of terroir and micro-climate of cool nights, maritime influence and asséchante action of Mistral. Château Sainte Anne was also with Thierry Puzelat the initiator of the French natural-wine group AVN (Association des Vins Naturels) with a handful of vignerons like Lapierre and Gram