Built in the 12th century on a rocky promontory, the Château of Suze la Rousse is listed as a historic monument. Three big Provençal families owned this gem – the counts of Orange, then the lords of Les Baux for six centuries and finally the Marchioness of Bryas who, upon her death, bequeathed the château to an association which auctioned it off in 1963. The château was then acquired by the General Council.
Over the centuries, its geographic position dominating the surrounding areas guaranteed its owners completely tranquility in the heat of a 23-hectare park called the Garenne, a reference to the pleasures of hunting in the time of the seigneurs. Moreover, it provides views that allow you to discover and admire a rich Mediterranean vegetation made up of such trees and plants as the parasol pine, downy oak, laurustinus, the Montpellier maple, holm oak…
The Château of Suze la Rousse
The inner courtyard of the Château
The royal dining room of the Château
Room of the uses of the wine
Room of the journey of the wine and the cultivation of the vine in Antiquity
Panoramic view from the terrace of the Château
Bridge of the Château of Suze-la-Rousse
Aerial view of the Château of Suze-la-Rousse
The houses in the village were built at the foot of the château's ramparts.
The château's architecture is extraordinary; despite its imposing and dominating form, it is a harmonious mix of feudal fortress and lordly manor of the Renaissance.
Today, the château has become a castle-museum that you can visit throughout the year.
It offers a tour devoted to history and theme tours on the world of grapevines and wine.
In an exceptional state of conservation, the château still has the moats dug out in the 13th century, jeu de paume courts (tennis) dating from 1564, a chapel and a surrounding wall fortified with crenellations and machicolations. The château's interior is just as spectacular with its Italian-style courtyard with arches, listed as one of the most beautiful in France, and a 16th century monumental fireplace that holds pride of place in the formal reception room.
You can also visit the extraordinary Wine University founded in 1978 and endowed with a laboratory. You can take part in a lecture, a themed wine tasting or a wine course in an out of the ordinary setting. An ampelographical park created in 1989 and made up 9 gardens invites amateurs and professionals to discover and observe the different grape varieties.
Château de Suze la Rousse - 26790 Suze-la-Rousse
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