The first vineyard plantations on the grounds of Château Paradis date from -600 JC when the Phoceans settled in Marseille and introduced this prodigious plant. Subsequently, in -21 JC, the Romans decided to build the “Villa Regina” and a Gallo-Roman agricultural establishment that had a grape press. Even today, near the Paradise plots, it is possible to find pieces of tile or terracotta buried in the ground that reflect the remains of the “Villa Regina”.
The lands of Château Paradis were sold to different owners in the years that followed, but they have always been linked to the culture of wine and Provence. In 1980, we witness the birth of Château Paradis. The estate belongs to Jacques Héon, a Franco-German passionate about wine and especially white wine. He plants several hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and Grenache Blanc. In 2003, he sold the vineyard to new owners, Philippe and Juliette Deschamps.
They rehabilitate the original bastide, which previously was an old farmhouse. Subsequently, they build the winery and cellar to allow the estate to exit the status of cooperator to become owner harvester. Château Paradis opens a new page in its history.
Since 2011, the Thiéblin family owns the property. Attached to their Provençal roots, Xavier and Odile Thieblin have at heart to magnify the estate and create local wines with a real personality. In 2012, they restructured the vineyard and acquired fifty hectares of additional vines in PDO, initially belonging to the Château de Fonscolombe.
Our Appellation: The Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence
The appellation Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence is one of the three western Provence appellations. The area of the appellation covers over 4,100 ha and extends from the Durance to the Mediterranean Sea, and from the Rhone Valley in the west to Sainte-Victoire Mountain in the east.
The landscape of this western Provence is a succession of limestone mountain ranges forming the chains of Nerthe, Fare, Eguilles and Trevaresse, Costes … The vines are nestled between these moutains chain and on their hillsides.
The slopes of Aix-en-Provence benefit from an annual sunshine of 2,900 hours and a Mediterranean climate influenced by the Mistral.
Château Paradis is at the extreme north of the appellation, our vines flourish on the northeast limestone foothills of the Trevaresse and lower on the terraces of the Durance. The soils are predominantly shallow sandy clay and limestone soils on a limestone rock outcropping on some plots.
Our vineyard benefits from a very particular geographical situation: the influence of the mistral coming from the Rhone valley and the cool downhill of the Alps by the Durance allows us to benefit from a Mediterranean climate, sunny, dry and hot. This soil-climate complex gives birth to fine rosé and white wines, balanced fresh, fruity and mineral. The reds are structured, powerful, fine and fruity.
An exceptional terroir
The reflect of our know-how
Through our wines we wish above all to represent our identity and to present you the soul of our terroir. Everything is thus done to highlight the specific characteristics of our terroir and the different varieties of vines that are implanted there.
The passion that drives our team in the vineyard makes it possible to harvest grapes with perfect maturity which only needs to express their potential in the cellar during winemaking process.
It is in the respect of this work that accompanied by Michel Tardieu and Philippe Cambie that offer you wines of terroir identity, the fruit of all our attentions. In search of a sustainable viticulture, we adopted a reasoned culture of vines. Our soils are carefully maintained to boost microbial life. The winemaking practices implemented are carried out with precision and meticulousness to obtain quality grapes.