2019 marked the tenth anniversary of Jeany and Stephen selling their home in London and moving to Provence with the idea of creating an exciting wine brand. They are delighted that Mirabeau’s award-winning wines are now selling in 50 countries, and their dream of buying a beautiful wine estate has finally been realised.
Located 5km from the historic La Garde-Freinet and in the commune du Golfe de Saint-Tropez, the domaine is a little over an hour from Nice airport and an hour-and-a-quarter from Marseille and therefore ideally situated for international travel and exploring the glamourous French Riviera. Yet its location means it is surrounded by Provence’s stunning villages and idyllic countryside.
Tucked away in the heart of the Var department in Provence, Domaine Mirabeau falls within the newly created subregion within the Côtes de Provence AOC, Notre Dame des Anges. The terroir covers 3,900 hectares of grapevines interwoven within the landscape of umbrella pines, cork oak trees and chestnut groves forming the Plaine des Maures National Nature Reserve, an ecosystem rich in fauna and flora.
The 20-hectare estate includes 14 hectares of vines (principally grenache, cinsault and rolle) and enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot summers, bright sunlight and a prevailing easterly wind. Unlike the rest of the region, which is dominated by low, soft-leaved ‘garrigue’ scrubland, this part of Provence is noticeably different with evergreen ‘maquis’ scrubland and stony terrain formed from pink sandstone and sandy soils.
Our Approach to Regenerative Agriculture
Stephen and Jeany are deeply committed to the environment and finding a way to produce leading wines whilst also respecting and preserving the surrounding ecosystem. At Domaine Mirabeau, we have begun a process to move beyond organic farming practices to a holistic regenerative agricultural approach – ultimately letting nature do its thing – inspired by the work of Mimi Casteel, botanist and ecologist of Hope Well Wine vineyard in Oregon.
Regenerative agriculture is essentially about encouraging biodiversity by taking steps to re-nourish the soil, helping build up the earth’s resilience to erosion and drought, and helping the vines store more CO2 in the soil by limiting the ploughing that we do on the domaine. Our domaine farmers don’t use any harmful pesticides, using natural compost and manure on the vines instead. Slowly but surely, we are renewing the rich ecosystem and reversing the intensive agricultural practices that lead to soil degradation and erosion.
Our farm and our eco-commitments
The domaine has a beautiful ‘potager’ walled vegetable garden, where we’re growing vegetables, salads and herbs to offer our guests. We’ve built relationships with local suppliers who share our values; butchers, cheese-makers and fishmongers committed to using sustainably sourced ingredients from Provence.
Philip Prior is a passionate, local beekeeper and we’ve been selling his superb honey in the boutique for years. We’re delighted that he has entrusted us with twelve of his precious hives on the domaine. Although bees don’t have an active role in grape flower pollination, they pollinate the surrounding plants, trees, shrubs and grasses, which in turn helps return nutrients to the soil for the vines and has a really positive impact on the ecosystem.
Domaine Mirabeau will be a true farm, complete with animals that all play a key part in our ecosystem. Free range chickens will provide eggs for our guests, pigs will help reduce our waste, and alpacas and sheep will be grazing in between the vines.
Our environmental commitments guide all our activities on the domaine and we are continuously striving to reduce our carbon footprint. We take our eco-credentials very seriously. We’ve set ambitious goals to become entirely plastic-free, minimise the use of energy, water and raw materials and are also exploring other ways to reduce waste.
Le Mas Provençal Farmhouse Rental Property
There is a charming farmhouse, Le Mas, on the domaine that is available for holiday rentals (see brochure). If you are interested, please contact Bea our Domaine Hospitality Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.