Chateau Roubine is owned by well-known Provencal Vigneron Valerie Rousselle and lies in the heart of the Var, in Cotes de Provence, between Verdon and the Mediterranean, where some of the most famous and highest-rated Rosés are produced. The land that Valerie bought in 1994 now extends to over 200 hectares, with 90 of them planted to thirteen different French varietals on chalky, clay-limestone soil. It is one of only fourteen wineries in the region with the “Cru Classe” designation, bestowed only on those whose wines are recognized at a higher level of quality. Surrounded by pines and oaks, the vineyards benefit greatly from natural drainage (Roubine means “brook” in the French Provencal dialect) and from the winery’s philosophy to forge an optimum association between the most advanced technology and the scrupulous application of the rules of sustainable agriculture.
Nearby is Chateau Sainte-Beatrice, in existence nearly 40 years, with vines between 30 and 60 years old that cover over 50 hectares in a mix of noble red grapes, including Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cinsault, as well as Semillon, Vermentino and Rolle white varietals. On hillsides in the Argens River, favored by a southern exposure, these vineyards are able to take full advantage of the Provencal sun and good irrigation to produce fresh and aromatic Rosés that speak to the wineries motto of “quality and tradition.”