Meet the Farmers of the Var

Les agriculteurs autour de Cotignac

The Cotignac region is rich with local products including wine, olives, saffron, truffles, and honey.  More than a way of living, it is a vocation, and a cultural tradition. It is therefore with pride that local producers welcome you to their estates, and hope to share their history, expertise and products.

The fertile soil and abundant sunshine of the Haut Var have proven favourable to organic farming.  Sheltered from difficult weather and the mistral wind by Mont Bessillon and the surrounding hills, the region’s grapevines extend over 330 hectares which are divided into AOC Côtes de Provence and Vins de Pays du Var appellations.

At the start of the last century, olives were the dominant product within these agricultural lands, until the infamous freezing winter of 1956, which killed most of the olive trees in the region. Since then the olive-growing culture has improved dramatically, and the region now produces quality oil from local olive groves. Around these groves we now traditionally see wild crops growing, such as saffron, thyme, rosemary, lavender and other flowers.


In this natural environment, bees gathered, which encouraged many local beekeeping families to set themselves up, and have now been producing tasty honeys for generations. Much of the Haut Var’s agricultural land is cultivated biodynamically, and this is certainly observed by the local producers of fresh fruit, vegetables, and truffles.

Here is a selection of our local producers:

Château de Taurenne

11,000 olive trees spread over 253 hectares of hills south of the Verdon regional park

Château Carpe Diem

Wine tastings at the cellar at this certified organic winegrower

Château La Calisse

10 hectares of vines cultivated according to ancient customs and harvested by hand

Château Margüi

Vineyards planted on hillsides within the ‘Natura 2000’ zone, where many refined wines first came about

Château Thuerry

300 hectares of vines around a majestic country house whose origins date back to the Templars

Graine de Jardin

On the riverbanks of the Argens river, Luc grows a wealth of organic fruits and vegetables

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Le Hameau de Carcès

Traditional Provençal agriculture with an oil mill dating from the Revolution

Le Safran du Cabanon

Producers of organic saffron cultivated in a field of rosemary and other flowers

Les couleurs de Minguinelle

Organic market gardeners and arborists who cultivate endemic species of Provence

Les Papillons Verts

Ferme agricole en biodynamie qui cultive la truffe et les fruits et légumes de Provence

Les Ruchers du Bessillon

This family of beekeepers has been producing honey, jams and body care since 1890

Maison de la Truffe

To know everything about the Black Diamond produced in Aups, capital of the Var black truffle

Maison Patoulatchie

Biodynamic agricultural farm that cultivates truffles and local fruits and vegetables

Soleil et Santé

Cultivation of medicinal plants from the region