Clinging to a peak at 410 metres altitude, the village of Suzette reigns over the heart of the Cirque de Saint-Amand. The village is perched on one of the hills of the Dentelles de Montmirail and offers you exceptional panoramic views. You reach it by a small winding road that weaves through the mountains to the neighbouring village. Its dominant situation is surrounded by terraced land planted with grapevines and stunning and wild landscapes. It also permits you to see the Mont Ventoux from its beautiful orientation table in ceramic.
The history of Suzette goes back to Antiquity: money minted under Hadrien rule has been found as well as ancient columns and funerary fragments. During the Mirrdle Ages, in 1246, the village of Suzette and that of Châteauneuf-Redortier, today a deserted town, were under the control of Raymond I of Les Baux. In 1309, the Count of Provence, Charles II of Anjou, gave these villages to the Prince of Orange, Bertrand II of Les Baux. During the Renaissance, in 1650, the castle, which had been destroyed in 1563, was restored by the followers of the Prince of Orange, Scipion, and then Paul Allemand to whom he ceded this domain. Suzette became part of the department of the Vaucluse when this latter was created on August 12, 1793.
To visit Suzette, you just have start off by strolling along the main street, which is marked off by the school and the parish church. With its population of 126, according to the 2015 census, Suzette is one of the smallest towns in the department of the Vaucluse. This charming Provencal village inspires a peaceful way of life in the heart of a natural environment. Wandering along the picturesque little lanes of the village, you will be enchanted by the stone houses with views over the Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail, by the rectangular parish church of Notre Dame of Suzette dating from the 12th century, the statue of the Virgin Mary from 1776 and, facing the Giant of Provence, the Mont Ventoux, the orientation table in ceramic that offers you a stunning panoramic view. And, if you have the chance, go admire the 8th century funerary stone in the wall of the Saint Martin Farm, a former monastery but today a vineyard, and the Château Redortier in the old deserted village with the same name.
Many spots offer exceptional panoramic views over the valley. The restaurant and bar Les Coquelicots, of which the terrace is a veritable belvedere, is much loved for a drink or a bite to eat, and for admiring the landscape.
In the early 20th century, Suzette was renowned for its orchards producing the apricots called "Rosés de Suzette". Today, its AOC wines Beaumes-de-Venise, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Rhône and Vin de Pays have known immense success among lovers of wines and of Provence.
From the village of Suzette, you can enjoy a beautiful walk in the direction of the neighbouring village of Le Barroux; your path is bordered by cypresses and vineyards, and is fragrant with the thousand scents of Provence.
Panoramic view of the laces from Domaine Saint Aman
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