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The terraces of Ventoux, between vine and orchard

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Like its famed Italian homonym, Piemont offers a variety of natural environments on the edges of the Giant of Provence.

Wine has here been grown on terraces since the ninth century and wooden areas have long been cropped before becoming an ideal shelter to the black truffle.

Sunny plots are suitable for the growing of fruits and vegetables, both contributing to the reputation of the markets of Provence.

 

At the foot of Mont Ventoux and bordering the curve of the Comtat, the typical Provencal villages of Blauvac, Malemort du Comtat, Méthamis and Villes sur Auzon are part of a territory usually referred to as the Piémont du Ventoux.

Tinged with luminous ochres, houses gathered in those villages are linked to the many hamlets around by a multitude of paths that weave around rocks and cultivated land.

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A territory of appellations supported by qualitative agriculture, this is also a paradise for hiking or biking. The garrigue gives all of its splendour with some rare natural species and many dry stone works, remnants of a meticulous and exhausting agricultural labour.

To relax and find freshness during the hot summer period, the Gorges de la Nesque and a few hours of nautical activities on the Lake of Salettes, in Mormoiron, will come as a reward.

In this welcoming land of ours, cultural events are abundant, promoting local traditions and giving you a chance to enjoy the talents of famous or lesser known artists.

Cherry festival, last Sunday of June in Malemort-du-Comtat

Asparagus fear, last Sunday of April in Mormoiron

Muscat grape festival, 3rd Sunday of September in Villes-sur-Auzon

Jazz festival, end of July in Villes-sur-Auzon

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