Domaine du Dragon
A traditional Provençal domaine in tune with modern times
Up in the hills of Southern France, above the Cote D’Azur and Cannes, this domaine is on the south-facing slope of one of the Mediterranean foothills. With its beautiful bastide protected by plane trees and a fountain which flows in their shade, the Domain du Dragon is not only in Provence, it is a small piece of Provence all to itself.
The domaine remains authentic and human-sized, with 24 hectares of rich clay-limestone soil fed by abundant springs. While much of Provence is a patchwork of different terroirs, Domaine du Dragon is unique, almost entirely limestone – more commonly found in places like Burgundy.
What’s in a name?
In nearby Châteaudouble, witnesses in medieval times reported an epic battle between St. Hermentaire, protector of the city of Draguignan, and a dragon terrorizing the population in the area. This battle is only a legend of course, as reported in the sixteenth century in his manuscript on the “Life of St. Hermentaire” by Jean de Nostradamus, brother of Nostradamus, another legendary name.
The lands of the Domaine du Dragon are not only rich in minerals from numerous springs. They are also rich in history, as shown by the ruins of the medieval chateau and the St. Michel church, which are separated by a deep valley but joined by their shared history, as they both date from the 13th century. Besides its wine-making business, the domaine of 65 hectares offers holiday home accommodation for weekly rental – if you feel like a pilgrimage to the source!