Provence was the first area in France to be planted with grapes, and with its 300 days of sunshine a year and mild winters, it has long been a favourite with wine lovers. Vineyard properties in Provence can offer a healthy income by way of a successful wine business, if that is what you are looking for, but they can also fulfil the dream of a living in a traditional Provençal château surrounded by lavender fields and olive groves with vineyards that are purely for your enjoyment.
If you’re looking to buy a vineyard property in Provence, here are five suggestions to help kick-start your new home hunt.
- Vast Vineyards in the Var
Located in the Var, this stunning château (HH-6144711) covers 250 acres of vines, olive groves and river banks and is surrounded by an organic vegetable garden, pools and fountains. The nine-bedroom château itself dates back to the 16th century and is approached by a cedar and chestnut tree-lined avenue which truly confirms this stunning residence as an iconic Provençal wine estate. Just one hour from Marseille or Nice airports, the price is available on application.
- Le Thoronet in St Tropez
Positioned neatly in the hinterland of St Tropez, in an exceptionally peaceful area, this 16th century château (HH-6426623) provides 500 acres of land which is suitable for hunting and 26 acres of vineyards. A good investment opportunity as it is in need of a little modernisation, Le Thoronet has seven bedrooms, a spacious terrace, a beautiful swimming pool and two helipads. It is on the market for €9,600,000.
- AOC and Award-winning Wine
The countryside around Lorgues, an exquisite Provençal town, is the glorious setting for this seven-bedroom country wine property (HH-7578927). With 21 hectares of vineyards offering a diversity of grape variety – of which 18 hectares are AOC Côtes de Provence and a further three are regular vineyards – this domain produces 800 hecto-litres of wine each year. There is also a swimming pool and olive groves. It is priced at €4,100,000.
- Magnificient Mas
A seven-bedroom mas from the 17th century (HH-6827241), this charming renovated property comes with 60 hectares of land. The property includes six hectares of vines, a chaix (wine making building) and an independent apartment – there is also a barn waiting to be converted. Ideal for a family business and just 45 minutes from Nîmes Airport in Anduze, this property comes with a price tag of €1,815,000.
- A good deal in Gonfaron
An attractive stone-built farmhouse (HH-5818398) set just outside the village of Gonfaron, this three-bedroom property has 3.3 hectares of vines producing excellent Côtes de Provence AOC wines. Tastefully refurbished and set in landscaped gardens, this property also has a stunning swimming pool that is heated by solar panels. A rare find, at €1,385,000 this property is sure to find its new owner quickly.
Don’t forget that estate agents usually only have about 10% of the vineyard properties that are for sale on their books. To find what you want, you may well have to search harder – and that is where Home Hunts can help.
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