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Château Sainte Roseline

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Château Sainte Roseline

Château Sainte Roseline is a place where hedonism exists alongside asceticism. Its history stretches back to the 11th century, when the monk Roubaud helped to establish a monastery here. At its heart is a small chapel named after Roseline, the daughter of the Marquis de Villeneuve and the prioress of the abbey here from 1300 until 1329. Her piety and generosity were known far and wide, and she was canonised in the 19th century. Today her mummified body lies in a glass sarcophagus right there in the small chapel.

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The former abbey grounds eventually became one of the first vineyards in Provence. Wine-making on this site has been dated to the 14th century, when Pope John XXII planted grape vines near the abbey. The abbey was sold during the French Revolution and taken over by the Commune des Arcs; it was at this time that the name was changed to Château Sainte Roseline. Ownership of the property changed hands several times over the subsequent years. In 1955 the winery gained cru classé status and is known for its red, white, and rosé wines. In 1994 it was bought by the businessman and art collector Bernard Teillaud, with the ambition of turning the ancient abbey into a wine and art destination in which contemporary art lives harmoniously side by side with old legends.

The chapel still draws pilgrims, who gather here several times a year, but especially on January 17, the feast day of Sainte Roseline. At other times of the year, however, visitors are more focussed on the enjoyment of wine and art. The chapel’s aura is enriched by a mosaic by Marc Chagall titled Angel’s Meal, a work in bronze by Diego Giacometti, and stained-glass windows by Raoul Ubac and Jean Bazaine. Other works of contemporary art can be found throughout the winery’s grounds, and during high season Château de Sainte Roseline becomes an open-air exhibition space. This year, the minimalistic sculptures of French artist Etienne Viard are on view until September 30.

Château Sainte-Roseline, 83460 Les Arcs-sur-Argens
sainte-roseline.com

11/2017

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