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Puyloubier is a tranquil village at the foot of the Sainte-Victoire Mountain. In the nearby countryside, a bastide full of charm, La Grande Bauquière, stands at the end of a driveway lined with cypress trees and oleander. It has found its second life ever since Dorothy and Alain Salat assumed command of it and the vineyards that surround it.
La Grande Bauquière is a popular place for nature lovers, not only for its flora, its beautiful vineyards and good wine, but also for its wildlife. Many birds nest on the domain: birds of prey, such as the little owl, and migratory species such as the Little Bustard, rare specie of North Africa which has the distinctive characteristic of coming back to its birth nest.
The domain name of La Grande Bauquière comes from "baucas", "grass" in Provençal. The name echoes the pastoral vocation of theses places. Historically, the shepherds were grazing their sheep back down the mountain pastures at the foot of Mont Sainte Victoire. The catchment area of the Valley of the Arc indeed offers particularly generous pastures. Moreover, the tradition continues even now and throughout the winter, before going back up to the summer pastures, herds still roam the vineyards of the valley in search of the precious "baucas."