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 13km from the historic village of La Garde-Freinet and in the commune of the Golfe de Saint-Tropez, the domaine is a just 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. Nestling in a secluded section of the Plaine des Maures National Nature Reserve, its unique position means it’s also close to Provence’s stunning villages, idyllic countryside and coastline.
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 vineyards interwoven within the landscape of umbrella pines, cork oak trees and chestnut groves typical of the Plaine des Maures, 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 farming in a way that respects and preserves the surrounding ecosystem.
We’re at the very beginning of this Regenerative Agriculture journey here at Domaine Mirabeau, having only stopped conventional farming when Stephen and Jeany bought the domaine back in September 2019, and we’re now on our four-year conversion to Organic. We’ve got so much to learn, and a very long journey ahead of us, but we are lucky to be connecting with Regenerative Agriculture and permaculture experts from around the world to support us on this journey; including from the UK, USA, Australia and France.
To find out more about Regenerative Agriculture including our recommendations for videos, podcasts and articles on this theme, please visit our webpage (coming soon).
The domaine has a beautiful ‘potager’ walled vegetable garden, where we’re growing organic vegetables, salads and herbs to offer our guests. We’re also reducing our “Food Miles” by buying produce that comes from the local community, when it is in season rather than food that has travelled many miles to get to us. We’ve built relationships with local suppliers and farmers who share our values; butchers, cheese-makers and fishmongers committed to using sustainably sourced ingredients from Provence.
Domaine Mirabeau is a true farm, complete with animals that all play a key part in our ecosystem. Free range chickens and ducks provide eggs for our guests as well as eating insects that destroy plants, our pigs Frankie and Digby help reduce our food waste, and alpacas Vince and Pablo provide manure for the vegetable garden.
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 email@example.com.