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The Cave de Bonnieux, A human adventure

The Cave de Bonnieux, founded in 1920 by a few winemakers determined to collectively manage their production capacities, was the first cooperative winery in the Vaucluse region which permitted them to naturally call their flagship brand "La Doyenne". This is an ongoing adventure which is enriched by its experience over the years. It is, in this vein, able to suggest to you its best selections.

Between the Luberon and Ventoux :
Our Winery has the special ability to offer you these two appellations "Luberon AC" and "Ventoux AC" products from different "Terroirs", giving each wine a typicity and character that is drawn from the deepest part of their roots.

Situated in the heart of the Luberon Regional Natural park reserve, the Cave de Bonnieux is well established in environmental protection as since 1996 is equipped with an autonomous water treatment plant that guarantees that there is absolutely no pollution discharge into the natural environment. As well the winegrowers practice reasoned cultural management in their vineyards so as to preserve the harmony and balance of the ecosystem.


The Cave de Bonnieux Terroirs :
The prized location of the vineyards of the Cave de Bonnieux, between the Haute Provence and the Rhone Valley, allows them to benefit from wide variety of both its soils and its vineyard exposition. The vines are harmonious neighbors to cherry and olive trees. Its territory is spread out throughout Bonnieux and adjacent regions (Goult, Roussillon, Lacoste, Gordes) and in some parts the Calavon, the meandering affluent of the Durance river.

To the north is the Ventoux AC that alternates between gently rolling slopes and hillsides. The soils are varied often with ochre coloured sand around the Roussilon area. The vineyards also benefit from the directly south facing slopes of marly, gray Gargassian clay and limestone. To the south the hillsides are the prime growing area of the Luberon AC. Sometimes one can find the odd ochre coloured layers but the clayey-sandy soils on planted terraces are what predominate. This is the result of the erosion of the Lacoste cliffs (and it reputable stone) or of the Caparèdes plateau, kingdom of the lavender bushes and its "truffle oak trees" just beside Bonnieux. It is this variety together with the precisely appropriate and caring labour of the vines that gives off the aromatic expression so recognizable and well regarded in our wines.

It varies from 35,000 to 40,000 hectoliters depending on the vintage.

The appelation breakdown is the following :
35 % Luberon AC
35 % Ventoux AC
25 % Vin de Pays
5 % Table wine

The whites and the rosés are vinified at low temperatures after the racking of the must and maceration of the skins depending on the grape variety and the health of the grapes. The reds are vinified using traditional methods with the duration of maceration depending on the type of wine we are looking for. Some of our wines are then aged for several months in our barrel cellar. It is an underground cellar that permits virtually a constant temperature throughout the year which ensures optimal ageing.