In discussions with farmers form the neighborhood they often told us that many years ago, even back to the sixties, the surrounding of Saint Pé Delbosc, mainly wine culture was practiced.
Obviously similar to the disappearance of hoogstamobstbaumen in favor of the strongly subventioned, and more practical niedrog Stamm Obstbaumen, the main part of the vineyards were rodet and transformed into common agriculture practice.
Rudiments of former vineyards in this region are many: remains of small, old grape plants near farmhouses, street names of small roads reminding o former vineyards, for instance Rue de Vignoble or Rue de Vignes.After the former inhabitant instead of wine culture had switched into vegetable growing, out of the deep remaining vines regularly new branches sprout up.
It was obvious that a renewing of the grape planting culture, not so much because of the pleasure of wine drinking, but more because of the scenic aspect of a vineyard.
After analysis of the local soil about 300 grapevines, Tempranillo and Merlot, from a Pépineriste viticole near to Carcasonne were planted, inclusive an irrigation system using the pound which was filled with rainwater from the roofs.
In the meantime the grownup vines in summertime are a real pleasure for the eye.
In 2017 we succeeded to have our first grape harvest, notwithstanding initial teething problems of the vines. The result is a Rosé Cuvee Tempranillo and Merlot, bearing the name „Venus de Lespugue“ inspired by a bronze sculpture in our garden.