Organic Verbena Farming in Provence

It's in Visan that the first distillation of organic Verbena took place. Return to this incredible moment in Provence with Rémi Margiela, cultivator for L'Occitane.
By Caroline Taret

The winemaker and today organic verbena grower Rémi Margiela welcomes us in the heart of his young field of verbena, where a lemony perfume fills our nostrils and we are overwhelmed by the abundant perspectives of verbena. Later in the day we have a meeting with the distiller Philippe Soguel at the Bleu Provence Distillery in Nyons for the first ever distillation of this organic verbena.

It’s a small milestone for all the players in this sector, from the producer to the laboratory, and including the distiller. The first drops of the floral water that issue from the distillation process already carry the properties, values, scents and richness hoped for by all. It’s the conclusion of a labor and an entire ritual performed before us, like a well-rehearsed dance which continues nonetheless to be magic.

To visit in the region

Visan

This pretty town in the Vaucluse is known for its winemaking activity. A side-trip by the pretty Notre-Dame des Vignes, or Our Lady of the Vines, chapel is inevitable.

Bleu Provence Distillery

In Nyons, the Bleu Provence distillery presents the entire distillation process via an educational itinerary and actual distillations presented live.

The Nyons Scourtinerie

Don’t miss touring this authentic workshop that continues to manufacture artisanal “scourtins,” pockets which enclose the olive paste during pressing.

Grignan

With its castle surrounded by roses, Grignan dominates the road leading to Nyons. It’s one of the prettiest villages in the Drôme


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Distillerie Bleu Provence
58 promenade de la Digue, 26110 NYONS
www.distillerie-bleu-provence.com

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