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Nothing better than the climate of the Ile de Ré for growing vines. Indeed, its strong sunshine and low rainfall are major advantages for production!

Hidden treasure of the Ile de Ré, it is assumed that the vines have existed since the Middle Ages. After a halt in wine production in the 19th century following a bacterium contaminating all the vineyards of France, the estate had to be rebuilt. Today, there are 550 hectares of vines on the Île de Ré cultivated by various winegrowers. We will focus in particular on the only two independent vineyards on the island. Discover the vineyards of Île de Ré.

The Domaine Pelletier

Le Domaine Pelletier - Les vignobles de l'Île de Ré
Le Domaine Pelletier – Les vignobles de l’Île de Ré

Jean Philippe and Elisabeth, owners of this estate, started operations in 2009 with seven hectares of vines. Very quickly, their land grew, increasing to forty hectares throughout the territory. From Rivedoux to Loix, the Rhetais territory is exploited by the vines of the Domaine Pelletier. Former members of the Cooperative, the owners have decided to break away from it to follow their ideology of the vine. Indeed, they want to discover a different wine oriented towards biodiversity by preserving their vines from pesticides. These will pass through the expert hands of the Cellar Master who will give them a special identity. From white wine to red wine via cognac, you will find a wide range of grape varieties. For the white, you will have: Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Colombard and Viognier. For the red, you will find: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Négrette and Pinot Noir. Finally, as far as Cognac is concerned, Ugni blanc will be presented. In order to discover them both visually and in terms of taste, the Domaine Pelletier opens its doors to visitors who can leave with a souvenir of their tasting if they wish!

Address: CHEM des Artisans, 17670 La Couarde sur Mer

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Domaine Arica

Domaine Arica - Les vignobles de l'Île-de-Ré
Domaine Arica – Les vignobles indépendants de l’Île-de-Ré

In 2018, Marine and Simon fell in love with this little corner of paradise which he decided to name “Domaine Arica”. In the center of the Ile de Ré and surrounded by the sea, the landscape is most authentic! The estate stretches over 10 hectares, including 6.5 hectares for white grape varieties (Chardonnay, Cheni, Sauvignon) and 3.5 hectares for red grape varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon). Very committed to environmental protection, the products used are natural as well as their working methods which are largely manual. All his efforts to preserve this environment have led to the AB certification of the vineyard and the wines. If you want to learn more about their working methods, which require a lot of rigor and precision, come and discover Domaine Arica and its different grape varieties. In addition to the visit and the tasting, an aperitif may be offered to you according to the formula you have chosen! You are not staying on the Ile de Ré, but your palate already knows this taste and asks for more? All you have to do is go to their website and order the wine(s) you need!

Address: CHEM du Moulin Neuf, 17670 La Couarde-sur-Mer

Opening hours: Every day from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the website of l’Office du Tourisme de l’Île de Ré.

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