Trip to the Var: Part III

As part of our summer staycation, my beloved aka Officer in Charge of Drinks decided on a visit to yet another vineyard in the Var.

You may recall from my earlier post, I mentioned the diverse terroir in the Var. This time we visited a vineyard in the area of Fréjus whose grapes are grown on volcanic soil.

As always the scenic drive along the motorway was enjoyable and the vineyard was located not far from the motorway exit for Fréjus. My beloved had outdone himself for once by finding a vineyard with an excellent restaurant and he’d booked a table for lunch. This happens so rarely – I normally do all bookings – I was tempted to ring The Guiness Book of Records.

We arrived ahead of our lunch booking which gave us ample opportunity to explore the vineyard’s grounds and sculpture park. I’m sure it’s not the only French vineyard with sculptures but it’s the first one we’ve seen here though we’ve seen similar parks in Australia.

The vineyard has an impressive array of supporting events introduced by its relatively new owners the Barbero family. Aside from the restaurant, there’s a chapel and large reception facility ideal for hosting events such as marriages, though not at the moment!

It’s clear the family have undertaken a programme of heavy investment in the vineyard. Its name is a tribute to the owner’s mother and refers also to the colour of some of its wine. Clos des Roses produces Côtes de Provence (AOC or PDO) and Vins de Pays des Maures (PGI) in three colors: red, white and rosé. With 10 hectares of cultivated vineyards, the Clos des Roses has a varied palette of nine varieties, including: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Syrah, Rolle, Viognier, Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.

Located on the terroir of Fréjus, the Clos des Roses benefits from that volcanic soil I mentioned above. The red rock, characteristic of the Esterel, contributes to the richness of the vineyard where the vines are treated only with natural products used in organic farming. Its 2013 and 2014 vintages have been much fêted and have won numerous medals. This time we didn’t indulge in any dégustation though we did have a glass of its rosé wine with our excellent lunch.

We’ll happily return later in the year to this vineyard to taste their range of wines and maybe even spend the weekend here among the vines and splendid sculptures.