Combining Art & Wine has been a growing trend in Provence. Chateau Vignelaure, Commanderie de Peyrassol, Chateau La Coste and more recently Chateau de la Gaude all feature monumental sculptures from world renowned artists.
Chateau Bonisson, the new player on the block, located in Rognes north of Aix-en-Provence, not only offers award-winning organic wine made from hand-picked grapes but soon a contemporary art center will be open to visitors as well. The domaine offers two ranges: La Petite Causerie and Opus 1619 both available in red, white and rosé. Among the numerous distinctions this new winery obtained in 2020 are the silver medal for La Petite Causerie rosé 2019 and the gold medal Opus 1619 rosé 2019 at the prestigious Concours Général Agricole de Paris.
In 2017, the La Dorze family purchased the domaine where the date 1619 is visible above the entrance to the superbly refurbished bastide. Tasks are shared between father and daughter. Victoire has taken on the management of the winery where grapes have been grown since 1791 while father Christian pursues his passion for contemporary art. His private collection is beyond impressive and I was unexpectedly invited in for a sneak preview.
When I recently visited the domaine, the Bonisson Art Center was in the final phase of construction. A two-story building will open in time for the end of the year holidays. The first exhibit will feature the works of the French award-winning photographer, George Rousse, who invented a unique approach that led to the creation of artwork that transforms sites into pictorial spaces.