The Notre-Dame des Anges wine region was the fifth terroir to achieve the status of DGC (additional terroir designation) in the Côtes de Provence AOC. It is bounded to the south by the Massif des Maures mountain range and to the north by limestone hills, and covers 10 communities in the Var department. The DGC bears the name Notre-Dame des Anges, in reference to the highest point in the Massif des Maures, which is visible throughout the territory. It is characterized by a Mediterranean climate with continental influences and by diverse soil types. This typicity is the source of the balance which is the hallmark of Notre-Dame des Anges wines.
Balance is what characterizes Notre-Dame des Anges wines, first and foremost: balance between maturity and acidity, balance between sugar and alcohol content, balance between tart freshness and power, and balance between expressive fruit and a slightly bitter, mouth-watering aftertaste, which endows these wines with a long finish and makes them the perfect accompaniments at mealtime.
A DGC (terroir designation) is an honour conferred by the INAO (French Institute of Origin and Quality) on wines produced in a sub-section of an AOC region. It underscores a terroir’s special features, i.e. the interactions between the natural environment (soil and climate) and the producers’ expertise.
The wine-makers develop their wines in accordance with various requirements (plot-based selection, choice of varietals and rules for assemblages, lower yields, and wine-making methods) laid down in the DGC’s specifications.
Initially planted in ancient times, the Notre-Dame des Anges wine region boomed during the Middle Ages under the management of Notre-Dame Priory in Pignans which was the primary owner at the time, to which Notre-Dame des Anges Monastery was attached. Since the 16th century, the local population and wine-makers have taken care to preserve that monastery, located at the summit of the Massif des Maures mountains.