IGP Pays du Var Red
2017 : 12€
Ile des Embiez Wine Estate is the furthest flung vineyard of the Côtes de Provence appellation and the only estate in the village of Six-Fours-les-Plages. Eco-pioneer Paul Ricard knew he wanted to pursue the site's wine-making tradition when he bought the island. Today, his successors faithfully uphold his legacy and continue to promote this unique terroir on Ile des Embiez. Every step of the process is done on the island, from tending the vines, harvesting the grapes by hand and vinifying the juice in the island’s cellar (close to the main square) right through to ageing and bottling the wine. The island’s clay-limestone soil reaps the benefit of the sea’s influence, yielding grapes whose acidity is beautifully preserved in the wines. This influence is what makes our wines with their pleasant saline structure so distinctive.
Ile des Embiez is a lush oasis where our commitment to respecting the flora and fauna, be it on land or in the sea, is a constant guide in everything we do. It is only natural then that organic agriculture is practised on our estate.
To ward off disease, we use only products authorised in organic farming including sulphur (to prevent oidium) and copper sulphate (to combat mildew), both naturally occurring. The soil is weeded mechanically.
Harvesting typically takes place in late summer when the grapes are sun-gorged. Our berries are always picked by hand in small boxes, in the wee hours of the morning so they stay as fresh as possible. The fruit spends a night in a cold container. Next, the grapes are transferred to the cellar where they are immediately pressed and the vinification process begins.
Vinification is the process of turning the grape must (juice) into wine. This phase is done in vats. The yeast converts the sugar in the grapes into alcohol by the process of alcoholic fermentation. To preserve the aromas, we carry out fermentation at low temperatures. We consciously keep the oenological inputs we use to a strict minimum and actively reduce doses of SO2.
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Eco-pioneer Paul Ricard knew he wanted to pursue the site’s wine-making tradition when he bought the island. Today, his successors faithfully uphold his legacy and continue to promote this unique terroir on Ile des Embiez. Most of the vine work is done by hand.
Pruning and tying-up
Disbudding, training, tilling the soil, mechanical weeding, treatment, foliar fertilising
Ripeness monitoring, harvesting
Green manuring, modifications
Our wine shop is located on the main square across from the estate wine cellar. It is open through summer for tastings and the sale of Domaine Ile des Embiez wine.
OPENING TIMES 2021
Wednesday to Sunday (and public holidays) from 11 am to 1 pm and 2.30 pm to 6.45 pm
For groups (15+ visitors):
Cellar tour and wine tastings available on request. Free bottle of rosé for each participant.
Price: €30 incl. tax per person.
Contact: +33 (0)6 33 83 79 26