The Peyrassol house, proud of its origins of almost a thousand years in the era of the Templars, is to be visited in the heart of Provence.
One of the best rosés in the region
The Commanderie de Peyrassol is a wine estate founded in the 13th century by the Order of the Templars. Located on the foothills of the Massif des Maures, between the Mediterranean Sea and Verdon, it has nearly 850 hectares of oaks, olive trees and scrubland which protect in their heart a secular vineyard of great reputation. La Commanderie is an invitation to discover one of the best rosés in the region, namely Grands Crus AOP Côte de Provence in the Peyrassol wine estate.
The beginning of the 13th century
Before producing some of the best rosés that Provence can offer, the Commanderie de Peyrassol has gone through history as few wine estates can claim. Archaeological traces date it back to the beginning of the Iron Age (1000 BC). The Gallo-Roman period has left even more testimonies with, in particular, the remains of an architectural ensemble with massive walls, certainly with an agricultural vocation. But it is unquestionably at the beginning of the 13th century that the Commanderie de Peyrassol enters, strictly speaking, into history. The Ricard family bought Peyrassol during the sale of national property in 1790 .The Ricard family sold the estate to the Rigord family in 1830.
Côte de Provence appellation
Always exploited in food polyculture, it is only very gradually that the place of the vineyard is essential. From generation to generation, the Rigord family passed on the estate until 1967. It was then that Doctor Rigord and his wife Françoise inherited it. The time for rosé has not yet come, but Françoise Rigord, « the lady of Peyrassol« , has contributed with talent to establishing the reputation of the very young Côtes-de-Provence appellation.
How to get there ?
Allow 3 hours by train from Paris to Aix-en-Provence, then 1 hour by car.
Guided tour and tasting, from €20
RN7, 83340 Flassans-sur-Issole