Fondugues-Pradugues, a natural wine producer near Saint-Tropez, recently opened its sleek new winery and tasting room. We stopped in for a quick tasting a few weeks ago and fell in love with this magical property just minutes from Pampelon Beach.
The winery is separated from the road by a wooded grove. One of the coolest features of the property is a clearing with a vintage Citroen van that serves tapas and wines by the bottle or glass in the evening. Unfortunately, we had dinner plans but definitely will return for wine and bocce under the stars.
Fondugues produces a variety of rose and red wines. They’re all organic, natural, fresh, and food-friendly. It’s a very small production and certainly unique – in some ways traditional and in others very modern. For example, they have a horse on the property and use horse-drawn plows between the vines. They also ferment in concrete eggs and terra cotta amphorae. Fondugues works outside of the AOC system in order to have full control over the final blend.
We were on the Côte d’Azur in July, so naturally were more interested in the rose wines, but were actually pleasantly surprised by the red selections as well. The Rouge d’Ete would be perfect to accompany grilled foods. The Equinox is a serious red blend worth holding on to for a while – if you can get your hands on a bottle. The wines are getting serious attention in the fine dining realm. You can find them on the list at three-star Mirazur in Menton, and one-star La Terrasse in Saint-Raphael.
We were naturally very fond of the California-inspired and sustainable architecture of the winery building, and can’t wait for the culinary experiences they plan to launch. The tapas served with our tasting were a good preview and included anchovies, olives, and giant beans with citron borrowed from La Buvette in Paris. You can get La Buvette’s giant bean recipe here and learn more about their new cookbook.
Fondugues-Pradugues, 7677 Route des Plages Road 93, 83350 Ramatuelle, France