While the estate already had a certain number of vines when the Aubert family first came here in the 1930s, it wasn’t until around 1970 that it truly became a functioning vineyard. The estate is now planted with around 70 hectares of vines, the vast majority of which have Côtes du Rhône PDO (protected designation of origin) status, planted in a single stretch around the château. An additional plot of vines, with PGI (protected geographical indication) status, is located in nearby Goudargues.
The estate is planted predominantly with Grenache, Syrah, Marselan, Mourvedre, Roussane, Marsanne, Viognier and Merlot.
The terroir of Château de Bastet is primarily composed of sandy, siliceous soils. The composition of the soils, combined with our use of biodynamic viticulture methods, influences the freshness, elegance and balance of our wines. Nature has been kind to Château de Bastet, and even apparent bad weather can have beneficial effects. The rain soaks deep into the sandy soils, establishing a reservoir of water which the vines can draw upon when they need it. The legendary Mistral breeze which caresses the vines plays an essential role in preventing the development of certain diseases.
Château de Bastet’s winemaking facilities help shape the character of its wines. The barrel cellar, used to store the wines, is located in a building which was part of the original farm, dating back to 1634. The barrel cellar has been renovated to make it fit for its new purpose, but the original structure remains and provides excellent conditions for storing wines before shipping. The winery itself was built in 2010, with top-of-the-range equipment which ensures that we meet the most demanding quality criteria at every step of the vinification process. These two facilities neatly embody Château de Bastet’s harmonious blend of tradition and innovation.