Organic Verbena Farming in Provence

Last September, an assignment led us to Visan to share in a very special moment: the first distillation of organic verbena from Provence cultivated by Rémi Margiela for L’Occitane. A real moment of emotion!
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


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

Latest articles

Quai 70 Restaurant: The Epitome of Design!

Quai 70 Restaurant: The Epitome of Design!

Opened in 2010 close to Aix-en-Provence in the greater Puyricard area, Pier 70 offers its guests a mouthwatering cuisine, at once traditional and creative. All within an elegant designer setting.
The Van Gogh Foundation in Arles Reopens its Doors

The Van Gogh Foundation in Arles Reopens its Doors

After three years of renovations, the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation in Arles reopened its doors to the public on April 7, 2014. For the occasion, the establishment presents until August 31 the inaugural exhibition “Van Gogh Live!”
My Beauty To-Do List for a Great Summer

My Beauty To-Do List for a Great Summer

Summer is here and vacation implies the beach, sunbathing, swimming in the clear waters of the Mediterranean, and lazing in Provence... This year again you’ve decided to fill up on sun, and you're right. But to enjoy its benefits without the risk of damaging the beauty of your skin and your hair, follow our beauty routine.