Founded in 1922 by Jules Reynaud, Mayor of Lambesc, the name of the winery is based on the history of the town, strongly marked in 1453 by the passage of King René.
Geographical location :
The Vignerons du Roy René vineyard stretches over a little more than 700 hectares around the nearby villages of Lambesc and Saint-Cannat, both places of history.
It profits from an exceptional geographical situation of the Chaîne des Côtes along with a climate barely exposed to rain and frost, allowing us to harvest, at the time of the grape harvests, grapes of excellent quality.
Thanks to the merging in 1998 with the cooperative winery of Saint-Cannat (Le Cellier du Bailli de Suffren), The Vignerons du Roy René were able to become the first wine-growing cooperative in the department of the Bouches-du-Rhône in terms of volume, clientele, modernism and the success of the quality policy.
The vineyard covers an area of about 712 hectares of which 70% are classified as AOP Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence.
Production area :
Our « terroir » is sitting mostly on sedimentary clay-limestone soils and sandy grounds, thus providing our wines with specific character, reminded through the richness and diversity of our grape varieties : Grenache noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Vermentino, Sauvignon, Grenache blanc... and many more !
This diversity enables our Maître de chai - the cellar master - to create the finest blends to ensure that the Vignerons du Roy René produce high quality, well-balanced wines.
Agricultural areas :
They are quite variable and are structured in this way :
23 farms with an area > 10 Ha
34 .farms with an area < à 1 Ha
37 farms between 1 and 10 Ha
Quality Charter :
In order to ensure quality, traceability and environmental protection, the Vignerons du Roy René have adhered for more than 10 years to the Charter for Mediterranean Nutrition from the Chamber of Agriculture of the Bouches-du-Rhône, conducting their vineyard in sustainable agriculture.
This specification updates, of course, in response to changing regulations of the wine-producing sector and requirements of the sustainable agriculture.
Today, 100% of the winery's winegrowers participate in the process.
Throughout the growing cycle, they must keep a cultivation register indicating the works carried out on each parcel, such as phytosanitary treatments, the working of the soil, fertilization, pruning, prophylaxis, control of treatment equipment…
These measures are taken along the work of the winery's wine technician who oversees the vineyards, advicing throughout the year, especially for the vine-pruning control, the sanitary conditions of production, planting, grubbing-up, habit of growth...
The cultivation register is then checked and approved by the Chamber of Agriculture before grape harvesting time.
The winery has set itself the target of encouraging all winegrowers to follow this approach with a view to optimizing quality and traceability, which are major assets to ensure the markets and the know-how of all.
"Meeting your needs is our top priority." is the motto of the Vignerons du Roy René, who adhere to ISO 9001 standards, offering to all customers products that best meet their needs while complying with applicable law and regulations.
This certification brings a real guarantee of traceability to our customers, from the vinification methods to the sale of our wines.
Our leitmotiv : “Our vineyards, our wines, our passion”
Production Volumes :
Total annual production averages 42 000 hectolitres of which 30 000 in AOP.
It consists of 80% rosé wine, 15% red wine and 5% white wine.
By appellation, description is as follows :
AOP 13 % in red 84 % in rosé 3 % in white
IGP/VDT 54 % in red 41 % in rosé 5 % in white
Volumes made during the harvest depend of course on the year's weather conditions
but also from the work done by the cooperator on his farm.
The regulatory rules imposed by the INAO and the Unions of the Appellations may also vary the yields allowed per hectare. (It should be noted that the trend is rather on the decrease, winemakers will thus have to limit their production.)
Winemaking is made according to a very conscientious work (plot selection, regular quality monitoring of the wines by a laboratory), using authorized and efficient equipment with a team of qualified and dedicated professionals committed to the quality and traceability of the products.
The wines of the Vignerons du Roy René receive awards every year at the most recognized competitions such as the International Vinalies Competition, General Agricultural Competition in Paris, Mâcon Wines Competition, Price of French Oenologists, the Coteaux d'Aix Competition or other Brignoles and Avignon competitions.
Les Vignerons du Roy René produce about 1 000 000 bottles and 150P 000 bag in box per year, numbers steadily increasing.