The vine has been present on the slopes of Mont Ventoux, in the vicinity of Bedoin, since ancient times. Gallo-Roman ruins bear witness to this long history.
Some toponymy specialists confirm that “Bedoin” originally stood for the “cradle of wine” and comes from the Germanic name batt-wein (bed of wine).
Provence once formed part of the Holy Roman Germanic Empire and in fact written traces of a donation dating back to 993 refer to the to “Conrad”, the reigning sovereign.
The industrious monks of Montmajour Abbey, who owned the Bedoin lands, developed agricultural practices there.
Then came the noble family of Baux, who in 1251 emancipated the village.
A century and a half later, Bedoin numbered 346,000 vine plants and sold large quantities of wine according to the registers kept by the apostolic chamber (1414).
The wine of Bedoin and Châteauneuf-du-Pape were the first of the Comtat Venaissin to be dispatched in bottles.
The papal legate, in residence at Carpentras, ensured that the papal court, based in Avignon throughout the 14th century, benefited from the wines of the region.
The poet Petrarch must have found that the wine of Ventoux gave him the extra energy he needed to climb the giant of Provence.
As the Middle Ages came to a close, the hero Crillon-le-Brave, on his return from the battlefield, must indeed have found great comfort in the wine of his seigniorial property.
Our key dates
1924 - HERITAGE Built on quality, a solid enterprise open to modern techniques:
The Cave Les Vignerons du Mont Ventoux is a cooperative set up in 1924, with the emphasis on quality and tradition. The vineyard stretches over more than 1000 ha, throughout the communes of Bedoin, Saint Pierre de Vassols, Crillon le Brave, Flassan and Modène.
1960 Implementation of its own packaging line
1973 Recognition of the AOC Côtes du Ventoux appellation
1995 - Modernisation of packaging, storage (controlled atmosphere), harvest reception (computerised platforms) premises, barrel-aging cellars.
The cellar enhances production quality: lower yields, increased technicity.
The finest traditional and modern techniques are judiciously employed:
- manual and mechanical harvest
- fully-automated vinification vats and barrel-ageing
- monitoring of vines in the field backed up by a parcellar tracking on a geographic information system (GIS)
1999 - ISO 9002 Quality certification:
Backed by its ISO certification, Les Vignerons du Mont Ventoux is recognised worldwide for quality excellence at every stage: from reception of harvests and vinification, to packaging and marketing.
2000 A new site on the horizon: www.bedoin.com
With a strong emphasis on international marketing, Les Vignerons du Mont Ventoux are going even further in this direction via the Internet.
2001 - Certification ISO 9001 - version 2000
2006 The creation of our new Internet site, for even greater efficiency and modernity.
2013 Quality certification ISO 9001 - version 2008.
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