Domaine du Deffends

AOP Coteaux Varois en Provence | IGP de la Sainte-Baume


Type(s) of agriculture Organic Farming
Activities Tasting / Charged tasting / Walking path/visit of the garden / Sale of local products / Visit the field/the cellar / Visit the field/the cellar by appointment
Services Pic nic area


This gazebo overlooking Saint-Maximin is renowned for its beautiful red wines. Jacques and Suzel de Lanversin came to Deffends in search of calm, authenticity and beauty. They found all that, and more! For thirty years now, the wines of this beautiful Saint-Maximin property have been delighting enthusiasts with their very ‘rural’wines.


The domain of Suzel de Lanversin exploits 300 centuries-old olive trees, planted on terraces of dry stone. With over 20 different varieties, these survivors to the frost of 1956 are taking full advantage of the mild climate of the hill of Deffends. Olives of a beautiful ripeness yield an oil of character, ideal for dressing a salad or a fish.

Original and unusual

Suzel de Lanversin has designed on her estate an educational trail: the Promenade des Ouillières. It owes its name to these strips of land separating two rows of vines, the oullières, which were planted with cereals (wheat, usually) to meet the needs of the grower. It leads the hiker to explore local agriculture with six different stops evoking bread, wine, hutches (mounds formed by stones outputs of the fields), truffles and olives.