The Via Aurelia:
The story of the Château de Berne goes back to Roman times, when vines were already being cultivated on these lands. The Domain is located on a branch of the Via Aurelia - the route which linked Italy to Spain and was used by the wine trade. The amphora which were used to transport the precious liquid were made on site, as evidence by the oven discovered in the vineyard.
The 12th century order of the Cistercians:
It was in the 12th century that the Count of Toulouse, Raymond V, gave the domain to Bernard de Clervaux, founder of the Order of Cistercians, which based their practices on rules set out by Saint Benedict. In 1307, the lands were confiscated by the King of France, Philippe Le Bel, and given to noble families. For almost five centuries, the property belonged to the Marquis of Villeneuve.
The renaissance of the Château de Berne in the 19th century:
The domain developed in the 19th century under the aegis of Marius Estellon, a former frigate captain in the imperial army. He extended the domain, divided the land into plots and modernized the vineyard. He was known for his generosity, throwing lavish parties which were a boon to local ceramics artisans who would make the tableware used to receive guests.
The Domain spreads its wings, 20thcentury:
The Château then passed through various hands: Doctor German from 1949 to 1960, then Madame Smeets (director of the Jean Mineur advertising agency) until 1985. The vineyard was then somewhat neglected until an Englishman bought it in 1995, replanted 32 hectares, modernised the wine-making facilities and rebuilt the cellars, allowing the grape harvest be processed using gravity.
A renowned centre for wine tourism, 21stcentury:
A keen amateur, he carefully set to work on Côtes de Provence AOC varieties, studying the subtle composition of the soil over the 80 hectares, hours of sunlight, and meteorological data, for a production of 500,000 bottles.
It was from 1995 then, that this British businessman, who patented the contact lens, decided to develop a hotel concept based around wine-tasting and visiting vineyards, now known as wine tourism.
In 2007, a British businessman , lovers of Provence , bought the domain. The combination of quality and innovation , the Château de Berne offers the same year, the first bottle of wine with square shapes which was a great success.