St Tropez Wines to Look Out for

Many newspapers last week decided to publish photos of Brangelina arriving in Nice on an economy flight from Paris armed with endless bags and even more kids.

Speculation was that the Hollywood super couple and their six children were heading to their chateau in the Var, which they bought seven years ago as their South of France bolt-hole.

Chateau Miraval is a stunning 17th century castle set in 1,200 acres in the village of Correns, with 35 rooms, a private lake and even its’ own moat.

But it is not just the perfect home from home for Brad Pitt and his constantly evolving family. Chateau Miraval is also a hugely successful vineyard, with its’ rosé recently being the only rosé to be included on the Wine Spectator’s list of Top 100 Wines.

The Pitts’ family home is, however, a 1 hour and 20 minute drive from our portfolio of luxury rental villas in St Tropez centre, so perhaps a tad too far away to nip to for that last minute supply of rosé wine.

But don’t worry, Provence is one of France’s most important wine producing regions with more than 150 million litres of wine produced in the Var alone, with more than 80 per cent of that being Rosé wine. There are plenty of more local vineyards to visit, including the following which we thoroughly recommend:

Chateau Minuty

Chateau Minuty is one of Provence’s best known vineyards located a stone’s throw from some of our most exclusive Saint Tropez rentals. It is also one of the most established wine-making businesses in the South of France having been founded by Gabriel Farnet, the grandfather of current owners’ Jean-Etienne and Francois Matton, in 1936. Chateau Minuty’s famous Rosés are a blend of a majority of Grenache – known by those in the know as the superior varietal for rosé, and of Tibouren, a grape which is symbolic of the Saint Tropez peninsula.

Domaine Sainte Marie

Domaine Sainte Marie, where the famous VieVité rosé is produced, is just a 15km drive from our selection of St Tropez House properties rental in Gassin. The vineyard dates back to the 18th century when monks tended to the vines. Towards the end of the 19th century a horrific cholera epidemic wiped out most of the vineyards in the area but incredibly, the Domaine Sainte Marie was spared. In recognition of this miracle, the vineyard was named after the Virgin St Mary and a statute – which can still be seen today – was built at the gates of the vineyard. VieVité wines are made from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan and Mourverde grapes and are hugely popular all over the world.