Chateau De Berne
CHÂTEAU DE BERNE WINE ESTATE, Côtes de Provence
Traces of vine cultivation have been found on the estate dating back to 200 BC, but it was in the Middle Ages that the monks took over the estate and worked the vines. The reputation of Berne wines was established in the 18th century, and the estate has continued to improve ever since.
The Château de Berne wine estate produces red, rosé and white Côtes de Provence wines, acclaimed as regional benchmarks.
Delve into the secrets of our organic terroir and innovative facilities. Spanning 432 acres, the Château de Berne terroir is set on the Triassic Plateau, resting on a chalky bed dating back to the lower and middle Jurassic ages.
The estate is sheltered by 1,977 acres of forests. The cool evenings of the inland Haut-Var area (northern part of the Var) ensure slow and optimal grape ripening. Our Rosé wines mature slowly and are well-structured and full-bodied, marrying particularly well with contemporary cuisine.
Provence's rosé wines are acclaimed worldwide, but its very-varied winegrowing terroirs are far less well-known. The Côtes-de-Provence appellation alone spans six major areas stretching from East to West.
Château de Berne is located on the "Haut-Pays" terroir, comprising chalky hills and valleys. This little-known and secretive inland area of Provence yields well-structured red wines and delicate whites and rosés.
The estate comprises two separate entities in terms of geology and altitude. The heart of the Château de Berne vineyard in Provence, where 80 % of the vines are planted, is set on a chalky plateau at an altitude of 300 metres. Its cool nights and wide-ranging daytime temperatures allow the grapes to mature at a slower pace and instils them with their characteristic delicacy and fresh aromas.
On this plateau, the limestone dominates and provides good drainage of the rainfall, allowing the vines to draw water from deep within the soil and give the grapes their famous "minerality". On tasting, it is expressed by a great subtlety, salinity and tension.
The remaining 20 % of vines are planted around the Château on light, sandy soil, producing richly flavourful wines.
Combined with an excellent variety of grapes, this geological diversity offers our winemakers the blending possibilities they need to curate the estate's fine wines.
Since February 2021, the 175 hectares of the estate have been certified organic. This approach is part of the Château de Berne's desire to protect a particularly generous nature, but also the people who work there.
Château de Berne also boasts the highest rating (level 3) of the High Environmental Value (HVE) certification, awarded several years ago. This strict standard was introduced as part of France's environmental policy and encompasses economic, ecological and social aspects of agriculture.
Our wines are forged in respect of nature and mankind, to express this very special soil to perfection.
BLEND: mainly Grenache, Syrah, Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Syrah, Merlot
VINIFICATION: Alexis Cornu, Oenologist
CONSERVATION: Drink Now
AVERAGE AGE OF THE VINES: 1800's
SOIL: Sandy soil,
CERTIFICATION: Bio-Dynamic, Eco & Organic
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