INTRODUCTION

OUR STORY

THE MAJESTIC STRUCTURE OF MAS DES INFERMIÈRES, ALONG THE ROAD OF SAINT SEBASTIEN, IS IN THE PLAIN OF LES POULIVETS, A SETTLEMENT JUST OUTSIDE OF OPPÈDE-LE-VIEUX.

THE MAJESTIC STRUCTURE OF MAS DES INFERMIÈRES, ALONG THE ROAD OF SAINT SEBASTIEN, IS IN THE PLAIN OF LES POULIVETS, A SETTLEMENT JUST OUTSIDE OF OPPÈDE-LE-VIEUX.

After ten years in the English Cotswold countryside, which was very beautiful but also quite damp, I was encouraged to look for a sunny place in Provence.

I found the climate and light of Provence very relaxing and charming; it explained the reason for the area being so prolific and attractive to the great school of painters that lived here in the first half of the 20th century — Picasso and Van Gogh no less, and others.

I bought a pretty “Manoir” in 1992, with 11 hectares of newly planted vines with American rootstock, just one kilometer from Oppède-le-Vieux. For ten years, my crop was harvested by a co-operative in Coustellet. In this time, I was lucky to meet Denis Langue, an expert winemaker. I was curious to see what my vines were producing after 17 years of maturing in the Oppède soil and sun.

By 2012 we were awarded a Gold Medal at the Paris “Concours General Agricole,” a Silver medal in 2015, and again, another Gold in 2016.

In the 25 years I have been visiting this magical area, it has become an important place for me with its rich history — I made a film there celebrating my love for the district and the French way of life, “A Good Year”. The silence and sunshine are a sanctuary from my profession — filmmaking is noisy, and stress-filled, but it is my passion, and I love it. I adore being in Oppède, I come here to paint, read, write and, hopefully, improve my corner of Provence.

I hope you enjoy our wine!

After ten years in the English Cotswold countryside, which was very beautiful but also quite damp, I was encouraged to look for a sunny place in Provence.

I found the climate and light of Provence very relaxing and charming; it explained the reason for the area being so prolific and attractive to the great school of painters that lived here in the first half of the 20th century — Picasso and Van Gogh no less, and others.

I bought a pretty “Manoir” in 1992, with 11 hectares of newly planted vines with American rootstock, just one kilometer from Oppède-le-Vieux. For ten years, my crop was harvested by a co-operative in Coustellet. In this time, I was lucky to meet Denis Langue, an expert winemaker. I was curious to see what my vines were producing after 17 years of maturing in the Oppède soil and sun.

By 2012 we were awarded a Gold Medal at the Paris “Concours General Agricole,” a Silver medal in 2015, and again, another Gold in 2016.

In the 25 years I have been visiting this magical area, it has become an important place for me with its rich history — I made a film there celebrating my love for the district and the French way of life, “A Good Year”. The silence and sunshine are a sanctuary from my profession — filmmaking is noisy, and stress-filled, but it is my passion, and I love it. I adore being in Oppède, I come here to paint, read, write and, hopefully, improve my corner of Provence.

I hope you enjoy our wine!

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Ridley Scott, owner of Mas Des Infermières since 1992

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CAVE & VINEYARD

The Cave is the product of a long ambition to bring together the excellence of wine making and the craft of film making into one dedicated space. Visitors can explore the vintages bottled here on-site, whilst immersed in memorabilia from Mr Scott’s own cinematic world. Architecturally the Cave draws on features of a classic Provencal cellar yet with a distinctly contemporary approach, a design ethos that is carried throughout the estate.

Contemporary architectural features frame the traditional Cave

The Cave is the product of a long ambition to bring together the excellence of wine making and the craft of film making into one dedicated space. Visitors can explore the vintages bottled here on-site, whilst immersed in memorabilia from Mr Scott’s own cinematic world. Architecturally the Cave draws on features of a classic Provencal cellar yet with a distinctly contemporary approach, a design ethos that is carried throughout the estate.

CTA TO BE REMOVED

SINCE ACQUIRING THE ESTATE, THE AMBITION HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO EMBRACE AND PRESERVE THE PROVENÇAL WINE MAKING TRADITION.

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SINCE ACQUIRING THE ESTATE, THE AMBITION HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO EMBRACE AND PRESERVE THE PROVENÇAL WINE MAKING TRADITION.

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The estate cultivates a mix of Grenache and Syrah grapes

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Interior view of our stainless steel wine tanks

OUR STORY

THE ESTATE

Situated in the historic Luberon region and fed by the ‘Source’, the beauty of Mas Des Infermières can be discovered. A world of rich Grenache and Syrah that stretches out towards the distant hilltop of Oppède-le-Vieux, it unfolds like the rolling hills beyond.

The rolling hills provide a dramatic backdrop to the vineyards

Situated in the historic Luberon region and fed by the ‘Source’, the beauty of Mas Des Infermières can be discovered. A world of rich Grenache and Syrah that stretches out towards the distant hilltop of Oppède-le-Vieux, it unfolds like the rolling hills beyond.

THE LUBERON IS FULL OF RICH HISTORY. THE ESTATE IS CLOSE TO ONE OF THE MYTHICAL SATOR STONES, WHICH CAN BE FOUND IN NEARBY OPPÉDE LE VIEUX. THIS INSPIRED THE 'STONE CUT' TYPOGRAPHY SEEN ON THE WINE LABELS.

RIDLEY SCOTT
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MEET THE TEAM

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ENVIRONMENT


At the core of our environmental strategy and policy is the protection and the development of the bee population at the estate. Indeed, as the old proverb says, “if the bees die, we all die”. This fundamental goal has implications on all aspects of our viticulture, starting with a state-of-the-art geographic information system to optimize all treatments in the vineyards, reducing our carbon footprint and minimizing the use of any chemicals – organic or not.


In order to become self-sufficient waterwise, we are conducting a hydrological study using Ground Penetrating Radar data, to optimize the choice of our drilling sites as well as to map the sustainable reserves of underground water. The bee protection priority has led us to pursue the environmentally friendly certification, HVE, Haute Valeur Environmentale (High Environmental Value) rather than organic certification.

At the core of our environmental strategy and policy is the protection and the development of the bee population at the estate. Indeed, as the old proverb says, “if the bees die, we all die”. This fundamental goal has implications on all aspects of our viticulture, starting with a state-of-the-art geographic information system to optimize all treatments in the vineyards, reducing our carbon footprint and minimizing the use of any chemicals – organic or not.

In order to become self-sufficient waterwise, we are conducting a hydrological study using Ground Penetrating Radar data, to optimize the choice of our drilling sites as well as to map the sustainable reserves of underground water. The bee protection priority has led us to pursue the environmentally friendly certification, HVE, Haute Valeur Environmentale (High Environmental Value) rather than organic certification.

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