IDEAL TERROIR FOR WHITE WINES

TWO ELEMENTS INFLUENCE THE CASSIS TERROIR:
LIMESTONE AND THE SEA.

The Cassis vineyards are ringed in on all sides and face the Mediterranean Sea. They form a horseshoe shape, or cirque which is closed to the West by the Calanque range and to the East by Cap Canaille, named after the Provencal word “Cap Naio” which means cape bathed in water. Despite the strong Mediterranean character of their setting, the vines lie in an environment which is highly conducive to making outstanding white wines.
DAt 400 meters altitude, Cap Canaille is the highest seaside cliff in France. The slopes have been fashioned into narrow strips of terraced vineyards, known as “restanques”. The vine growers built stone walls to retain the soil on the steep rocky slopes. Today the vineyards stretch from the high hill down to the sea.


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