Château Sainte Anne is a 15 ha estate located in Bandol, one of the top Appellations of Provence. The Domaine is now managed by Françoise Dutheil and her son Jean-Baptiste. In addition to pioneering the Bandol appellation 5 generations ago, Château St. Anne has also been on the forefront of natural winemaking. They have worked closely with Thierry Puzelat, Pierre Overnoy, and Gramenon since the 1970s and were one of the founding members of the Association des Vins Naturels (AVN).Château Sainte Anne’s Bandol terroir is unique among the Provence wines. The proximity to the sea and strong winds between the steep hills have created a micro climate which makes it possible to plant and grow on terraces in spite of the punishing summer heat. This is why Mourvedre, a variety which struggles to ripen elsewhere, is at home here in Bandol. Château Sainte Anne produces reds, white and rose (20% of the production). All the wines are fermented naturally in stainless steel vat and the reds are aged in oak for a very long time.
This winery was among the ones who took part of the setting up of the Appellation status for Bandol. Prior to the era of Appellations certitudes and even in more ancient times. Bandol was already known for making unusually beautiful and long-lasting wines. In the Middle Ages, the wines of the area were named not from Bandol (which wasn’t an independent village until 1715) but from La Cadière, which is one of the villages where Bandol wines are made.
This area, built in the sixteenth century by the Congregation of the Fathers of the Oratory, was intended for mixed farming: vineyards and olive trees. They built the vaulted stone cellars that can still be admired in the Château Sainte-Anne. Today, a modern winery was juxtaposed to the former and 35% of the production of wines of Château Sainte-Anne is exported internationally. The terroir of Château Sainte-Anne is implanted on hillsides or typical clay-limestone terraces of the Bandol appellation. The arid limestone co-exist with areas of white sands allowing drainage of the soil in depth. Mourvèdre, emblematic grape of Bandol appellation and Château Sainte-Anne, the specific advantage of terroir and micro-climate of cool nights, maritime influence and asséchante action of Mistral.