Chateau la Canorgue

Rhone, France

At a Glance
  • Idyllic, 60 acre property located in Bonnieux, in the Luberon, a region technically in the Rhone, but on the border of Provence (and Provencale in spirit!)
  • Vineyards are farmed organically and biodynamically
  • The flagship Luberon Rouge is a house favorite, oozing with dark, spicy fruits and Provencale garrigue

Thanks to Beaune Imports for the following: Nestled in the hills just below the spectacular perched village of Bonnieux, this idyllic property is run by Jean-Pierre and Martine Margan. The building is from the 17th century and has been inhabited ever since. Springing from the hill is a very strong fountain which supplies abundant amounts of water in even the driest years and the rolling hills behind the property are covered with grape vines, truffle oak trees and 200 year old cherry trees.

The Margans know that they have something very special going, and their approach to viticulture reflects this. The sixty acres of terraced vineyards surrounding the property are farmed organically and biodynamically and the average age of the vines is over thirty years old.

In the last few years, Canorgue’s wine has become incredibly popular in Europe, and this was only intensified when the region around this estate was made famous in Peter Mayle’s book A Year In Provence, as well as Russel Crowe's movie, A Good Year. They are undoubtedly at the top of their appellation and the quality level of the wines produced here can often rival those produced in the prestigious vineyards of the southern Rhône valley.