The wine of Cassis
was one of the first to have obtained AOC status in 1936. 12 domaines produce Cassis AOC and their 196 hectares of vineyards are located exclusively in the commune of Cassis.
The Cassis vineyards are protected from the Mistral wind by the impressive height of the surrounding hills. In this amphitheatre, Cassis is under the dominance of a microclimate conducive to the growing of quality grapes. The Cassis vineyards lie in three types of soil: shallow erosial soil; rendziniform soil and shallow brown soil; and brown soils built up over colluvial deposits. The Cassis appellation’s 200 hectares permit an annual production of one million bottles of a very fine wine.
The grapes for the wines of Cassis are harvested by hand. The varieties used for the white wines are Ugni Blanc, Clairette, Marsanne, Doucillon (the local name for Bourboulenc) and Sauvignon Blanc. The Cassis red and rosé wines use Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. The wines from Château Barbanau provide a beautiful snapshot of these blends.
More informations on the website of the wines of Cassis