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Commanderie de Peyrassol

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Commanderie de Peyrassol

The Commanderie de Peyrassol, which covers more than 850 hectares, includes a winery, a medieval estate house with a restaurant, a small hotel, an exhibition hall, and a huge sculpture park that extends into the surrounding vineyards and forests. A pilgrims’ trail led through this area in the 11th century. Later, the property came under the control of the Knights Templar and then the Order of the Knights of Malta. Although few historical records remain, it is believed that the property’s first grape harvest, in 1256, produced 28,000 litres of wine.

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The knights were sent packing after the French Revolution in 1789, and the vineyards became the property of the church and the French state. The Rigord family then acquired the Commanderie and maintained it for four generations before selling it to Philippe Austruy in 2001. Austruy (a Belgian businessman and connoisseur of wines and art) and his wife, Valerie Bach, who owns an art gallery in Brussels, have brought new life to the property.

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Oats and daisies grow between the rows of grapes and a herd of goats grazes nearby, while two snow-white ‘girlfriends’ (that is, sculptures) bask in the sun amongst the cows in the pasture. Close by, in the forest, lives a ‘hedgehog’ created by Greek artist Kostis Georgiou and a ‘hippopotamus’ by Pascal Bernier. Bach explains that new sculptures are added to the park every year, and much of the artwork has been created specifically for this site. The pieces are set up out in the wilderness, because Austruy and Bach believe it is important to preserve the authenticity of this region.

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Commanderie de Peyrassol is located a mere one-hour drive from the Nice airport and is also only an hour from Saint-Tropez. In addition, it’s known for its great rosé wine, which makes up 70% of the winery’s output. The grapes here grow in arid soils made up of rocky clay and sandstone.

RN7, 83340 Flassans-sur-Issole
peyrassol.com

11/2017

 

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