Vineyard/Outstanding Terroir

An Atypical geological situation

The soil at Canadel is the result of a strange geological phenomenon. 35 million years ago the fold in the Alps turned the soil layers upside down.  The older Trias soil (- 200 million years) landed up on top of the Crétacé soil (-65 million years). This Trias soil made up of limestone and sandstone guarantees a regular supply of water to the vineyards.

 

An unusual microclimate

On the opposite side of the valley facing Canadel, the rocky Gros Cerveau mountain protects the vines from the morning mists and stops the violent rainfall coming in from the East.

 

A vineyard cultivated on terraces

The Canadel vineyard is spread over 15 hectares. The grapes are grown on terraces (known as "restanques" in Provence).  These terraces are sustained by dry stone walls limiting soil erosion and preventing water streaming down from the strong winter rains whilst however still privileging the gentle infiltration of water.  Facing south, during the night the walls restore the heat retained in the stones during the day, creating a little micro-climate on each of the terraces.

 

Clouds coming from the sea, blocked by the rocky Gros Cerveau mountain