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|Here is the interior of Provence. The boundaries of the Vaucluse are defined by the valley of the Rhône in the west, which provides irrigation for this land of fruit vegetables and reputed vinyards.
The north of the departement has a unique story in that 4 of the villages of Vaucluse were hemmed in inside the "departement" of the Drome Provencale and have since been named the Pope's Enclave just above Vaison
la Romaine, close to Bollène.
The eastern boundaries are sculpted out of the Alps and the Mount Ventoux; while in the south one finds the Luberon,
between Cavaillon to Pertuis, which follows along the Durance River and between Rustrel to Grambois against the Alpes de Haute Provence.
The villages in this part are known to be charming so high up in the rocky chaine of the Luberon.
This is a land of castles, perched villages and craggy landscape. The Luberon is a place much sought after. Even before Peter Mayle and his bestseller Une Année en Provence famous people both in politics and show business came here to escape the curious crowds.
Right in the heart of Provence, Luberon offers such historical and cultural sites as the Abby of Senanque and the typical villages of Gordes, Ménerbes, Lourmarin
In the midst of this rough countryside of deep crevices and terrassed slopes the Luberon inhabitants have made a living out of wine making and the cultivation of lavender native to this soil.
Avignon, Sorgues, Comtat Venaissin and Mount Ventoux area
From the beautiful and festive Avignon in the far West to the wild country of Sault in the East, this large part of the department is available in contrasting decor : oasis of freshness in Sorgues area (l'Isle
sur la Sorgue, Fontaine
de Vaucluse), orchards and vineyards of Comtat Venaissin (Carpentras, Le Beaucet, Pernes
les Fontaines), wheat and lavender from Sault area,
Mont Ventoux with Bedoin at his feet, watches like a sentry posted in the middle of the plains and plateaus.
This vast plain is at the head of the national production of many fruits and vegetables. It is also the terroir of the Côtes
du Rhône and Côtes
du Ventoux, the majority are classified in AOC. You will discover the vintages which contribute to the prestige of our gastronomy: the
du Pape, the famous Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes
de Venise, Séguret or Rasteau... to name a few.
Viticulture is a centuries-old tradition, it is the terroir of wines from Côtes
du Rhône, Côtes
du Ventoux and Côtes
du Luberon. The Châteauneuf du Pape cru contributes to the reputation of the region with the famous Gigondas, Vacqueyras and other Rasteau.
Haut Vaucluse (Provence des Papes)
This protected site, historically rich for more than 20 centuries is surrounded by oak and pine forests.
The Dentelles of Montmirail, curious looking hills with sharp peaks eroded in a manner that resembles lace attract mountain climbing enthousiasts.
the Pope's Enclave the land is rich in truffles, lavender,
honey and good wine. Here
nature is strong and is respected by the inhabitants. This is the
Provence made from the love of hard work and the knowledge that
has been transmitted from generation to generation!