Our production first began in the Languedoc in the South West of France and over time our partnerships have grown and expanded. We now operate across the South of France in Provence, working with growers and winemakers in a variety of different regions and sub-regions which has enabled us to source the finest grapes available and ensure that our wine’s quality remains consistently excellent year on year. Below is a map which details some of Bijou’s key regions.
Vineyards & Regions
Coteaux de Béziers, IGP
The Coteaux de Béziers (Hills of Béziers) vineyards lie in the heart of the Languedoc and is the home of our Sophie Valrose range. The Coteaux de Béziers is a small region tucked away along the Mediterranean coast. The balance of 3 key elements is perfect for viticulture: its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, the strong local winds and the alluvial clay soils. Where the temperatures in the South of France can sometimes be excessive, the morning winds help to cool the vines and sweep humidity in off the Mediterranean Sea and keep the alluvial soils damp enough to provide a source of hydration. Additionally, these off-shore winds deposit salts and other minerals into the soils which helps to enhance the beautiful minerality of the wines and is a key defining feature of the Coteaux de Béziers region.
Our producers in this area are Level 3 HEV (High Environmental Value) Certified and are committed to reducing their impact on the environment. HEV certification takes into account 4 key areas: biodiversity conservation, plant protection strategy, management of fertiliser use and management of water.
Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, AOC
Provence sits on the Mediterranean coast and is considered to be the home of rosé. It is the only wine region in the world that specialises in rosé which accounts for approximately 90% of the wines produced here every year.
The vines that grow the grapes for our Ciel de Lilac rosé are situated in the AOC Coteaux d’Aix en Provence region and are planted on clay and limestone soils. The area is teeming with shrubs and herbs such as rosemary, thyme and lavender which helps to produce a wine with notable aromatics and character. The vines are located at high altitudes where there is more variation between day and night-time temperatures. The cooler nights allow the grapes to preserve more acidity which makes the wine better suited to accompanying meals, while the increased exposure to sunshine during the daytime hours lead to more concentrated flavour profiles in the fruit.
Our Ciel de Lilac Coteaux d’Aix en Provence is a beautifully pale rosé, made by direct pressing, which is the most prevalent style of Provence rosés.
Pays d’Oc, IGP
The Pays d’Oc region located within Languedoc-Roussillon stretches across the France’s South-Western corner from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic however we source our grapes from a select handful of growers in the foothills of the Montagne Noir, just north of Montpellier, which borders the appellations of Saint-Chinian, Faugères and Coteaux du Languedoc.
The vineyards are predominantly planted on clay and limestone soils in arid garrigue, while the Saint-Chinian region is famed for its high composition of volcanic soils which bring notable aromatics to the blend.
Here we source the grapes for our Cuvée Jolie wines and Bijou Le Chic pouches.
Other Areas of Production
Our production spans the South of France from East to West and our numerous partnerships with an array of talented growers and winemakers give us access to a number of fantastic regions. One such areas is AOP Cabrières, a charming village dominated by the Pic de Vissou, an extinct volcano that provides our vineyards with very old soils, high levels of schist and a host of marine fossils.
We also work in AOP Saint-Chinian, AOP Coteaux du Languedoc and AOP Costière de Nimes.