We believe firmly in plant biodiversity.
How is it possible for many different plants grow together in a forest without the intervention of man? Nature possesses its own harmony. If an imbalance occurs a new plant will develop and bring the qualities that are missing.
Nature is self-regulating and knows no partiality, it happily accepts a heterogenous environment or weeds, and has no cultural or agricultural heritage. This is what we are working on and an approach that we seek to develop for the future.
Vines: We grow vines (20 hectares), of course, because that is the heart of our activity. They are dispersed in small plots amongst the scrubland and surrounded by many different species of trees that provide shelter for a variety of animal life (bats, birds, insects).
They include a superb selection of typically Mediterranean grape varieties such as Grenache Noir or Grenache Gris, Syrah, Marsanne and, more surprisingly for the Corbières appellation, several hectares of Pinot Noir. In reality, the Domaine’s position and its continental climate is ideal for growing this particular grape.
Olives: We cultivate more than 2000 olive trees of various varieties: Picholine, Lucques, Oliviere, Bouteillan, Cayon and Clermont. They are treated naturally with Tea Tree Oil against the olive fruit fly. We produce eating olives (Lucques) as well as blended olive oil.
Arable crops: We also farm some 35 hectares of arable land, planting alfalfa crops, wheat, hay and different cereals in rotation from one year to the next, without the use of chemicals. We have developed more and more partnerships with organic, locavore, and qualitative chains of distribution such as flour millers and specialists of ancient varieties of wheat to connect with traditional bakers. Hay, alfalfa and cereals go to the sheep and cattle breeders of the Hautes Corbières or the Montagne Noire, and we supply alfalfa to the only buffalo breeder in the region, who produces meat but also, and above all, a magnificent Mozzarella.
Honey: For beekeepers, the Domaine is the perfect protected environment for the production of honey. It is a complex activity, and bees can suffer from high levels of mortality and disease, so we feel it is absolutely essential to preserve a place where different types of bees can produce natural honey – garrigue, lavender or thyme.
Lavender: On a smaller scale, we also tend a small parcel of lavender at the entrance to the Domaine from which we produce essential oil for making soap, amongst other things.
Almonds: In addition, we have an almond grove producing two types of eating almonds: Ferraduel and its polliniser Ferragne.
It is our ambition to develop this crop biodiversity and eventually produce truffles, create a seasonal market gardening activity, a botanical garden