At Domaine St. Antoine, wine is grown on 27ha. The largest part of our vineyards, about 20ha, is located around the central complex on the territory of the communes of Rieux and St. Frichoux. Another 7ha are located on the territory of the neighboring commune of Aigues-Vives.
The southern part of the domaine is located in the Étang Asséché de Marseillette, a lake drained more than 200 years ago. The relatively flat plots are dominated by alluvial soil. Cold soils and a relatively cool climate prevail here, which is perfectly suited for our white wines Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier as well as our Cabernet Sauvignon and, from 2020, our Marselan.
A little to the north, our vines grow on the so-called "coteaux", the hills above the dried-up lake. These areas are strongly influenced by their orientation, in addition to the soil. For about 200 days, a wind from the northwest prevails, the so-called "cers", which is also called "tramontane" elsewhere. It is dry, rather cold in winter, and in summer it offers pleasant refreshment in mostly good weather. The second prevailing wind, the "marin", comes from the Mediterranean and is warm, but often brings humid air or rain.
In the eastern half of our domaine, we find distinctly warm plots facing the Mediterranean in relatively sheltered positions from the wind. These are planted primarily with Syrah, Merlot and Grenache.
Further west, we find mostly west-facing warm soils, but exposed to the cool cers - excellent for our old Carignan vines.
On the plots in Aigues-Vives, Syrah and Grenache grow on hilly limestone soils, mostly in AOP quality. Here is also our oldest parcel of Carignan
1 ha), planted in 1905.