Domaine de la Tour du Bon is located off a peaceful little winding road, close to the incredible medieval burg of Le Castellet (an excellent detour for spending a few glorious hours consuming some of the best French pastries you have ever tried). A long time ago, according to legend, there was a watchtower on the site of the estate, for the protection of the surrounding village. It is from this tower that the name of the domaine is taken… Tour du Bon translates to Tower of Good. Over time, what was once a small farm has transformed, through hard work and passion, into one of the best wine producing parcels in the Bandol AOC region.
As you pull off the treed, picturesque country roads, park near the entrance to the fabulously lush gardens. Make your way up a little path, under a leafy trellis, and step into rosé heaven.
The pretty, salmon-pink wine is lovingly crafted here by Agnes Henry at this little family-owned winery. The domaine is located in the Bandol region, and it is well worth it to stop and visit this little gem. Agnes is engaging, taking you through everything on offer.
My personal favourite is the Bandol Rosé – delicately perfumed with a soft and spicy palate, I can just picture myself lounging on the dock at the cottage with some friends under the hot summer sun… Sun, rosé, waves lapping gently on the shore… what more could you want?!
Photo credit: Maison des Vins de Bandol and Domaine de la Tour du Bon