Perched on the southern slopes of the Alpilles mountain range in the heart of Provence, sits the Château d’Estoublon. It is imbued with the heritage, and even some physical markers, of the Roman empire, which is the pride of the region. Halfway between Arles and Avignon, the Estoublon estate and its 18th century Chateau are nestled in this magnificent landscape, one that has inspired numerous painters and writers over the years. It is this rugged scenery that has been the backdrop to many of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous paintings. And in the midst of all this history is Château d’Estoublon, which has been a working estate since 1731, making olive oils and exceptional wines.
Found between Provence’s Maussane and Fontvieille, and renowned for its outstanding wines and for its collection of olive oils, the Château d’Estoublon provides a masterclass in the Provencal art of living. Emblematic of the South of France, these two local products are made entirely organically. Grapes and olives are grown, cultivated and bottled on the estate, using a manual and mechanical manufacturing processes, without any chemical intervention. From the moment the fruit is picked, until the day the products go on sale, each step is overseen by the Estoublon team. Our technical prowess and reputation were solidified at the New York International Olive Oil Competition, where we won first prize.
A chance to savour a wonderfully French summer’s day out, wandering amid the vines and sitting under the shade of the olive trees.
all day” – an experience guests from Gordes and Saint-Tropez will treasure
From this summer onwards, Airelles is offering an unforgettable experience at the Château d’Estoublon. Guests staying at La Bastide in Gordes or at the Château de la Messardiere in St Tropez will be offered privileged and exclusive access to the Chateau. Here, they can revel in the warmth of Provencal life and delight at the pleasures of the region, either alone, with a partner or the entire family, in the heart of a 200-hectare estate.
Designed as an exclusive country club, the Château d’Estoublon is now opening its doors to guests all day. Between visiting the estate, tasting the wines and olive oils, accessing the Château’s services and activities, and enjoying a lunch at the estate’s new restaurant – La Table d’Estoublon by Wim Van Gorp – there is much pleasure to be had. The “Rosé all day” experience offers visitors the chance to savour a wonderfully French summer’s day out, wandering amid the vines and sitting under the shade of the olive trees.
On the menu are fresh, local and seasonal products.
Table d’Estoublon – a voyage through time and taste
In 2020, the estate’s restaurant will be unveiled after a major refurbishment, done to reflect all the glories of French cuisine. Located in the property’s former winery, the new restaurant brings together taste, talent and beauty, with an interior design that is as refined as the cuisine created by head-chef, Wim Van Gorp.
The vaulted room is lit up by pale stonework, and decorated with antique carpets and furniture, which now sit next to bold design touches – grand materials rubbing shoulders with olive trees in pots, creating an irresistible blend of influences, much like the cuisine itself.
On the menu are fresh, local and seasonal products, with Provence’s most renowned ingredients taking centre stage. Everything is sourced from the best producers: lamb from the Alpilles, pork from Ventoux, fish from the Mediterranean, rice from the Camargue region, citrus fruits from Menton, vegetables from the garden – and, of course, olives from the estate. The classics of Provence are shaken-up with a few exotic additions. These include vegetable ceviche in a lemon-ginger marinade; lamb samosas with a cumin and coriander yogurt sauce, and farm-roasted chicken with chickpea chips, topped with green olives and saffron. All delicious dishes, made even more delightful when accompanied by a glass of the estate’s famous red, white or rosé wine.
The keys to the chateau are yours!
Chic and glamorous – or rather rustic and relaxed – the Château d’Estoublon is yours to mould, making it a dream setting for most important moments in your life: weddings, birthdays, christenings and family celebrations. Whatever the occasion, it is always a good idea to meet in this exceptional place.
The entire estate can be taken over privately, ensuring you become the master or mistress of this 18th century chateau and the several hundred hectares of land that surround it.
For one, three, or even eight days – or for an entire month – the Château d’Estoublon could be all yours!
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© 2020 Lucas Muller
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