Château de Palayson
Château de Palayson is an award-winning vineyard estate with significant historical importance. Located in Roquebrune sur Argens, France, Château de Palayson is nestled against the Roche de Roquebrune (red rocks of Roquebrune), west of Nice, between Cannes and St Tropez.
Built on the foundation of a Roman mausoleum
Most recently purchased in 1999, the entire Château de Palayson estate has had extensive renovation and restoration. During the process, ruins were unearthed that include the ancient walls of the Roman Villa Palaio, dating back to ca. year 200BC, and the foundation of a Roman mausoleum from the beginning of the first century.
Additionally, there are twin chapels from the 11th century, the beautiful château and the wine caves that were converted from the estate’s time as a monastery. Adding to its incredible beauty, formal gardens have been created throughout the grounds of Château de Palayson. Recent renovations have also included the estate’s luxury Villa Palaio that is available for rent.
Our wine caves have been updated to include the latest in new equipment and technology. Château de Palayson is receiving international recognition and awards for our wines and we are included in Le Guide Hachette. Our goal is to produce the highest quality wines based on traditional methods and respecting the natural elements of the the vineyard. Our grapes are biologically farmed.
Wine tastings, weddings, concerts and other special events
Château de Palayson is open for business almost everyday of the year and offers an idyllic setting for a variety of special events. The chapels from the 11th century provide the perfect place for weddings, concerts and other personlized events with their special ambiance and unique acoustics.
Château de Palayson offers comprehensive wine tours with a 4-course gourmet lunch for groups of 25-40 people. The tour features a history of the Roman ruins dating back to 200 BC, an explanation of the winemaking process and an educational wine tasting. Customized tours can also be arranged.
The Villa at Château de Palayson
Nestled amid the vines of the estate, this newly renovated luxury villa is now available as a holiday rental. The villa accommodates up to eight guests.
The outdoor private pool area offers stunning views of real vineyard life. The Villa is spacious and furnished in an elegant, international style that includes French and Scandinavian antiques as well as comfortable American bedding throughout.
The Villa’s formal gardens are planted with olive and citrus trees, lavender, and a beautiful rose garden. All areas surround the large, private swimming pool and extensive stone terraces. Sunsets and the views of the “Rocher de Roquebrune” red mountain are breathtaking. Mornings are peaceful with the sounds of nature and the occasional distant din of a tractor working in the vineyard fields.
Château de Palayson is within walking distance of the village of Roquebrune sur Argens, a 30-minute drive to Cannes, and a 20-minute drive to St Maxime, where there are ferryboats to St Tropez. The Med and the beaches of St Agulf are only a 10-minute drive away.