History of "Château de Mauvanne"

The medieval Lords of Mauvans gave their name to the estate in the 17th century. The castle was built in 1844 and remains nestled in a 1ha beautiful park by the road, giving it a strategic position between sea and mountains facing Les Îles d'Or of Hyères.
First owned by the Bertatis family, it was Monsieur Plesant who, through hard work, revived and improved the vines destroyed by the phylloxera, an insect that ravaged the French vineyard in 1863. Casimir Valéran, former mayor of Hyères, also owner of the old castle of the city, bought the domain at the end of the 19th century.

     

 

A young 38-year-old actress at the top of her career, Simone Berriau, acquired the estate in 1934. The castle was both preserved and brought up to date. As a result, Mauvanne became a most stylish vacation spot. Among its illustrious visitors were Charlie Chaplin, Louis Jouvet, Colette, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and the Pasha of Marrakech, Thami El Glaoui. The estate was then the pride of the city of Hyères and its wines were invited to the greatest Parisian tables.
Simone Berriau's residence in Mauvanne came to an end when she sold the property in 1967 to a couple of market farmers.
The history of the estate took another turn with the arrival of Bassim Rahal, a Lebanese winegrower, owner of an estate in Lebanon in the Bekaa Valley, Cave Kouroum. Visiting Provence to buy agricultural equipment, he fell in love with Mauvanne and became its new owner in 1999.
Bassim Rahal brought a wind of modernism to Mauvanne, upgrading the tools for the wine production by introducing stainless steel tanks, in addition to his experience in the agricultural field, renewing several plots of plantations. His efforts and his passion allowed the Estate to regain its former hours of glory.
Today, his heirs take over the work of their father with pride and the same objective of excellence to produce wines up to their title of "Cru Classé" obtained in 1955.