Gîtes for rent in Provence
Domaine St. Amant - Suzette (Vaucluse) - 2 houses ( 4 prs. & 6/8 prs.)
In one of the areas we greatly appreciate, the small mountain range of Dentelles des Montmirail, we have previously found a few pearls, located at the foot of the Seguret, on the north side of the mountain range. Now we have found one more. It is the highest lying vineyard in the entire Côte du Rhône, Domaine St. Amant, located in the small village of Suzette. If you choose to sit down here for a week or two, it is also because you have a relationship with good wine. At the domain, the family behind produced wine for 30 years, and the annual production is approx. 55,000 bottles.
In wine circles, the domain is gradually becoming known - especially for its white wines, one of which wins one prize after another.
More about it further down the page.
But besides wine production you also have two small holiday homes on the domain. One, La Bergerie, has three bedrooms and additional possibility for two beds, so the total capacity reaches eight people. The second house, Le Clos, has two bedrooms and can accommodate four people.The houses are quite traditional and authentic. When you live here, you are out in the wild. Mount Saint Amant, as the mountain is locally called, is an incredible nature experience. A stunning landscape with a fantastic view beyond the delights of Vauclus.
And then it is one of the only places where you can still spot the Bonelli eagle.
The two houses:
La Bergerie, for 6-8 persons
On the ground floor there are 2 bedrooms with king size beds, bathroom with 2 sinks and shower. Separate toilet.
40 sqm living room with high ceilings, fireplace, 3 sofas that can be converted into single beds, dining area, fully equipped kitchen. Porch next to kitchen.
Mezzanine with 2 single beds, bathroom with sink, shower and toilet.
Wifi, dishwasher, washing machine. Linens and towels are included.
Outdoor terrace with table and chairs.
Swimming pool (50 meters away) and tennis court shared with the family.
Le Clos, for 4 persons
On the ground floor 24 m2 living room with fireplace, dining area and fully equipped kitchen, incl. dishwasher.
On the first floor there are two bedrooms, one with king size double bed, one with two single beds. Bathroom with shower.
Washing machine in separate room, storage room. Linens and towels are included.
Outdoor terrace with table and chairs.
In Le Clos there is also Wifi.
Here you get the impression of the great nature outside the windows
The terrace in starting autumn colours
A stay at Domaine Saint Amant must be chosen if you want something very special. Partly a nature experience, and partly a wine experience. The two houses (which are traditional French stone houses) do not offer the great luxury - you have to find that outside. Here it is in abundance. It starts with the view from the terraces - magnifique! In addition, the area is a fantastic nature area, and it offers a wealth of opportunities for hiking, cycling and horseback riding. The top of Mont Ventoux is only 40km away and the area also offers a lot of cultural experiences in Avignon, Orange, Les Baux de Provence, Aix-en-Provence and so on.
Living room and kitchen in Le Clos
Bedroom in Le Clos
Beautiful colours on the terrace
Living room and terrace in Le Clos
Bedroom in La Bergerie
Living room in La Bergerie
Living room in La Bergerie seen from above
With a look from the mezzanine onto the terrace
Kitchen in La Bergerie
Another bedroom in La Bergerie
One more look out in the nature.....
...... where you can take a nap
A little more about the wine: wine-wise we are close to such a big wine name as Gigondas (which we can also recommend a small trip down to - cozy little square with three restaurants). As mentioned, St. Amant the highest-lying domain throughout the Côte du Rhône, and enjoys a unique terroir: 32 acres of small plots of steep slopes, between 1200’ and 1800’, facing south-east and swept by the mistral, with a soil of Triassic marl and limestone, over 200 billions yearsold.
The high altitude contributes to the good health of the vines: airy and dry soils, no propagation of diseases, no early spring frost, and late harvest (up to 3 weeks later than in the flood plain), and allows for slow maturation which provides fruit, finesse, freshness, and a unique balance to its Southern wines.
Domaine Saint Amant was created 30 years ago by Jacques Wallut, after he left the high tech world in Paris, and began to focus on his new passion in Suzette. Next to the existing red grapes of Grenache and Syrah, he chose to plant white Viognier, which would suit perfectly the altitude and benefit from the cool temperature.
The domaine has now been taken over by his daughter Camille Nosworthy.
Grape cultivation is done within respect of the very biodiverse environment : no herbicides, no pesticides. The vines are planted, pruned, tied up and harvested by hand. The vinifications and ageing are long and natural ; they take place in small containers filled up by gravity, the yeasts are indigenous, the wines are suitable for vegans.
The modern winery built in 1995 is underground and air-conditioned.
Today, the domaine produces 55.000 bottles a year.
Camille, la “vigneronne”, always with her dog nearby
Helder on the other hand is always sitting on one of the tractors
As mentioned above, the domain's wines win many awards around. It is especially the white, La Tabardonne, that draws headlines. Here is an example of a review of the year 2016: "Brilliant light gold. Expressive, creamy nose of ripe white peach and apricot with a trace of flowers. Silky, concentrated, lively palate with delicious excitement and lemonade in the middle of the palate. Appealing."
The vineyards are located in plateaus
The road up there
Another view over the vineyard
Pictures are talking for themselves
And yet more view
Harvest has started
Low season: 1200 €
Middle season (June, September and french school holidays, look under Links): 1500 €
High season (July, August): 2000 €
Low season: : 800 €
Middle season (June, September and french school holidays, look under Links): 900 €
High season (July, August): 1200 €
30 % of rental amount when booking. Rest payable on arrival.