The Camargue is well-known for its magnificent landscapes as well as its typical fauna and flora. One less well-known fact is that it is home to a remarkable vineyard that is completely unlike any other: the Vignoble des Sables.
This perfect balance between an area dedicated to vines and unspoilt nature is the essential prerequisite for sustainable winemaking and biodiversity. Most of this vineyard is located around the “capital” of the Vin des Sables: Aigues-Mortes.
Jarras is the bigger of the twelve domains that are impressive by their dimensions and their delightful landscapes. A unique property covering a contiguous area with some 429 hectares of vineyard, over 3 coastal strips, of which Auriane Eysseric, the cellar master, is responsible for the blending of the different cuvées.
The vines of Domaine Royal de Jarras survived the phylloxera epidemic that originated in 1863. The soil is cultivated traditionally without using any herbicide. In order to avoid wind erosion, a rye cover protects the soil from October to May. More than 5,000 sheep pasture here throughout the winter. Fertilization is mainly organic.
Sable de Camargue is a protected geographic indication and produces wines with extremely low acidity. The main vine stock at Domaine Royal de Jarras is Grenache gris. The juice obtained after pressing this grape varietal has a unique «pink grey» colour, which gives it its «gris de gris» name.
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