Situated respectively on the left and the right banks of the river Rhône, Font de Michelle and Font du Vent sit on land that is out-of-the-ordinary; shaped by the sea and the Rhône River which have sculptured the countryside over millennia.
Domaine Font de Michelle
A chalky-clay soil covered for the most part with round pebbles (alpine diluvium). The pebbles hold the heat of the day and diffuse it to the vine stock during the night.
This is an arid earth where the vine roots have to go down very deep to find the elements that they need to survive.
The climate is very important; very little rain, a mistral wind that is often violent and which cleans up and allows for a good concentration of grapes at harvest time, plus an exceptional amount of sunlight (an average 1000 hours of sunshine in summer – 7 hours at 25°C).
An emblematic land of Châteauneuf du Pape, Font de Michelle is made up of many place names: Font de Michelle, La Crau, La Pierre Plantée, Chartreuse, Croix de bois.
As the archives state, Font de Michelle had been planted with vines under Napoleon 1st and certainly well before. Numerous Roman pottery shards and amphorae found on the site lie in silent witness.
La Font du Vent
Situated at Domazan in the Gard region near the Via Domitia (the Roman route that went from Rome until Spain), the land partly resembles that of Châteauneuf du Pape: chalky-clay soil with rounded pebbles; we can also find red clay earth and sandy loams.
The vines established on the plateaus and terraces are reminiscent of the landscapes of Tuscany.
Since a few years the Côtes du Rhône Village AOC includes Signargues which regroups the villages of Domazan, Saze, Estézargues and Rochefort du Gard.