Ménerbes, in addition to being a charming village, has an extremely rich cultural and historical heritage.
A gentle way of life
At the top of a rocky outcrop overlooking the vineyards, Ménerbes celebrates, through its wine and truffle production, the entire Luberon terroir. From Nicolas de Staël to Peter Mayle via Picasso, many artists have been won over by the gentle way of life in the village. If the village of Ménerbes has its origins in prehistory, it is from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance that it draws the main features of its identity and its current architecture. Behind its ancient ramparts, the village exudes strength, charm and elegance Ménerbes has an extremely rich cultural and historical heritage. Indeed, the village located at the top of a rocky outcrop of the Luberon attracts many curious people eager to discover the sweetness of life, the art and the gastronomy of the place.
A truffle production
To the west of Ménerbes, the Citadel rises majestically. Built in the 1570s, the building was intended to protect the Menerbians from sieges and invasions. If this private building can only be admired from the outside, its botanical garden is open to the public. On the Domaine de la Citadelle, visitors also have the opportunity to visit the amazing Musée du Tire-Bouchon which brings together 1,200 unique pieces. Lovers of local gastronomy cannot resist discovering the Maison de la Truffe et du Vin du Lubéron. Finally, nature lovers enjoy walks and hikes in the heart of the Lubéron massif.
The soil and the sun of Provence have grown here beautiful vines which today produce Côtes du Luberon AOC, to be tasted (in moderation of course!) in the various estates of the village or at the Maison de la Truffe et du Vin from the Luberon. Fruit and vegetable production and truffle farming are not to be outdone. It is not surprising that the sweetness of life in Ménerbes has attracted many artists: Picasso and his muse Dora Maar (to whom the Spanish artist will offer a house in the village), the painters Nicolas de Staël or even Jane Eakin the eponymous house still hosts the work. We should also mention the writer Peter Mayle whose novel “A year in Provence” (1989) attracted many visitors to this Luberon village whose cultural vocation has never been denied…