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Chateau La Coste

An estate in a state of natural harmony

© Richard Haughton
© Richard Haughton
© Richard Haughton

This 243ha wine estate nestled between Aix-en-Provence and Luberon nature park is more than just a vineyard offering great wines and tasting workshops – it is an art space, architectural marvel and top gastronomic experience, not to mention a state-of-the-art spa and hotel.

 

It contains the Tadao Ando Art Centre, conceived by its namesake. There is also an art and architecture walk lasting approximately two hours. Artists have created specifically commissioned pieces that lie throughout the landscape – this discovery is constantly evolving as new pieces and installations are added.

 

The vegetable garden supplies the Tadao Ando restaurant in the art centre and La Terrasse, the terrace garden outdoor café, with its seasonal produce. The two newest culinary additions are Restaurant Francis Mallmann and Restaurant Louison, by Gérald Passedat. The former utilises a new method of cooking from Argentina, with fire-cooked fish, beef, vegetables and herbs, not to mention charred summer fruits accompanying deserts. The latter uses much of the aforementioned organic garden and the three-Michelin-starred chef’s expertise to create the menu.

The Restaurant Louison | Credit Richard Haughton

 

The 28 villa suites are surrounded by lush gardens, and each opens onto a spacious terrace that overlooks the picturesque valley. The spa features a myriad of organic treatments, and with a library and bar too, this is a retreat well worth a visit – both for wine aficionados and nonchalants alike.

 

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