The Domaine Julien de l'Embisque, which has been run under organic farming methods for many years, extends over a diversity of terroirs in order to obtain wines of character. They allow the main grape varieties of the Rhône Valley to flourish, such as Grenache noir, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Couston for the reds and Viognier, Grenache blanc, Muscat petit grain and Muscat d'Alexandrie for the whites.
The entire estate is surrounded by forest and interspersed with hedges. All this creates an ecosystem that allows us to do without the use of insecticides.
Terroir of our vineyard in Côtes du Rhône Village Suze-la-Rousse
Notarised documents trace our family's involvement in the wine world back to 1830. Our forefathers owned a parcel of vines in the Bordeaux region, in the Pauillac appellation.
The next generation settled in the Haut-Var, in the commune of La Verdière.
Julius GAÏDE, a self-taught craftsman, had unparalleled skills in the invention and construction of equipment: at the age of about fifty, he had already anticipated the construction of an auger with a frigate's rear deck.
Wine and our family: a love story that has lasted since the 1800s
The pioneering spirit of the GAÏDE family has taken on its full essence with the sale of this property in the Haut-Var and the purchase of a new property in the Vaucluse in the Côtes du Rhône appellation.
This was in 1972. It was a complete rethink for the family.
It was a new challenge because everything had to be rebuilt.
Indeed, this property, originally mainly focused on peaches and asparagus, had only 4 hectares of vines.
The European Union has given us financial support for the purchase of equipment to reduce the use of phytosanitary products in our organic farming operation:
- A weather station in order to more accurately determine the date of the first treatment and thus reduce product doses.
- Inter-weed mowers to perform mechanical weed control without altering the soil and thus improve soil biodiversity.
- A double row pruner to decrease the leaf area and thus allow for better penetration of the treatment product. We use less fuel because we now do 2 rows at a time which reduces our carbon footprint.
- A no-till drill to establish plant cover capable of absorbing nitrates during the winter and also bring in some via the use of legumes. This will allow to reduce the contribution of exogenous fertilizers. This seeder allows for direct seeding. In tillage technique, several passes are necessary to plow the land, then to sow the seeds and then turn it over. The technique of direct seeding allows to pass only once thanks to this adapted seeder, which opens the ground locally with discs then deposit the seed, before closing again. The seed is then on the surface of the soil because it is not integrated deep into the earth. Direct seeding protects the soil from direct erosion by water and wind because there is always a protective cover of residue. This allows, after a few years of practice, to have an improvement of the biological activity of the soil and thus of its richness.
- A 3-row face-to-face sprayer which will allow for optimal penetration of phytosanitary products The face-to-face descents will allow for localized applications and thus correctly treat the vines. Their anti-drift nozzle will limit the loss of products in the air and on the ground and thus avoid polluting the environment.