THE MONT VENTOUX REGION
THE MONT VENTOUX SITS PROUDLY IN THE CENTRE OF PROVENCE AND HAS DESERVEDLY BEEN NICKNAMED "THE GIANT OF PROVENCE".
When you come and visit our beautiful region under its legendary sunny skies, this is what you will discover:
• The Mont Ventoux, a famous stage of the Tour de France
• Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, with its gigantic and mysterious source
• Vaison-la-Romaine, with its Gallo-Roman ruins and ancient theatre
• Avignon, the Papal City and European Capital of Culture
• Carpentras, with its magnificent synagogue, the oldest in France
• Orange and its ancient Roman theatre
Benvengudo en Prouvence ! Bienvenue en Provence !
Cultural and landscape background
Caromb was mentioned for the first time in a deed as "ad carumbum", in 1021. This was the first spelling of the name of the village, meaning "pile of stones". "Quairoun" or "Queiruon" in Provençal means a big square stone and refers to stone quarries on the village’s lands. The village was then not mentioned again until 1185, when it was spelt “Carumpio", and then "Carumbo" in 1254. The Celtic word "car" refers to a rocky land, while "umbo" is Latin for hill or mound.
The plains of Caromb are a stark contrast with other Provence landscapes, such as the farming plains of the Comtat, with their criss-cross of hedged fields, the Crau plain, the Étang de Berre basin, the Camargue, as well as urbanized and natural coastlines. These beautiful landscapes, shaped by a balmy climate, boast a decidedly diverse geology: Garrigue-covered limestone, Aleppo pines and holm oaks, maquis-adorned crystalline rock, stone pines and cork oaks, the Côte d'Azur with its naturalised flora, and the river Rhône taking up the west.
The landscape surrounding Saint-Marc Winery is very diverse, and remarkably beautiful:
- Towards the east-south-east, the eye is caught by the dark vegetation adorning the Monts de Vaucluse
- Towards the north-east, north and north-west, the Mont Ventoux, the Barroux hills and the Dentelles de Montmirail outline a powerful and majestic relief.
The Terroir, an ancestral vineyard with a rich, diverse soil.
Caromb is a small Provençal village in the Vaucluse, at the foot of Mont Ventoux.
The Vineyards of Ventoux, the oldest in France, owe much to the plentiful sunshine of the south of France. The Vineyards of Saint-Marc thrive in various types of soil: hard clay-limestone soils, scree, ancient alluvium with smooth stones, etc. The quality and diversity of soils, the wide range of grape varieties (Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, Cinsault...) are the reason for the great richness of aromas of the Ventoux Saint-Marc wines.
In a region where wine-growing is a tradition, the vines adorn our valleys and contribute to the beauty of our landscapes.