The Domaine la Monardière was founded in 1987 by Martine and Christian Vache. Both in love with vineyards and wine, Martine and Christian took over the family property and began a long programme of restructuring the vineyards, building the cellar and preparing for the distribution and sale of their wine. At present, the estate has 50 acres of vineyards; its wines are sold directly by the Domaine, both in France and for exportation.

The Domaine is located in Vacqueyras, a small Provencal village in north Vaucluse (see map). It is situated at the foot of a craggy series of limestone formations with lace-like crests that give them their famous name, the Dentelles de Montmirail. In 1990, Vacqueyras was promoted from a Cotes-du-Rhone-Village to the rank of “Cru”, with its own appellation – joining its neighbours Gigondas and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Vacqueyras is one of the few appellations in France that are permitted to produce all three types of wine: red, white and rosé, although the reds predominate.

The domaine strives to produce expressive, full-bodied wines that are representative of their terroir, of their contribution to the winemaking process and of the vintage. Their very old vines are carefully maintained, and the approach is based on natural cultivation, with as little man-made intervention as possible, allowing them to offer authentic wines that are faithful to, and characteristic of, their origin.

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