Our history

The history of the Domaine Saint Jean de Villecroze

The Domaine’s origins are believed to date back to when Knights Templar used to occupy land under the aegis of their Patron Saint, St John.

In 1973, after a long period of inactivity, a Franco-American couple acquired the Domaine. There were no vines on the property then and the idea of setting up a wine-producing business had not yet occurred to the new owners.

An American oenologist thoroughly examined the soil and his visit turned out to be decisive: he concluded that the land, the climate and the surrounding environment were perfectly suited to produce a fantastic Californian-style wine.

In 1974, following the advice of the famous Professor Amerine, Head of Davis’ School of Oenology in California, and of the equally renowned Professor Boublas, Head of the Viniculture Department at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Agronomie de Montpellier, the owners decided to launch the project investing in the best oenological technologies and planting a 30-ectars vineyard. After much research, they chose to cultivate Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and, a little later, Syrah and Grenache.

Currently DSJV can rightly be considered one of the best wines in Province.

The DSJV is now regarded as one of the best performing and most prestigious Domaines in Province thanks to the:

  • Excellent environmental conditions: climate, soil and grape variety;
  • Distribution network: reception hall, wine merchant;
    Technical expertise;
  • Good local, regional and international reputation, in particular of the Cabernet Sauvignon, only marketed after many years of ageing in the cellars, and of the relatively new Rosè Cotes de Provence;
  • Dynamism of the new owners, who maintain their predecessors’ traditions whilst innovating the production process and investing in both modern technologies (a second cellar, diversification of vines) and effective marketing (reorganisation and development at a regional as well as international level).