History of Domaine de Soustres
Domaine de Soustres is considered by many historians as the cradle of wine in France and part of our civilization.
It is located on the hill of the famous Oppidum d'Enserune ; from the sixth century BC., the strategic position of this promontory and the proximity of the sea have allowed the development of the first city of Ensérune, long before the cities of Narbonne and Beziers. It is here that the Greeks began trade of wine in France and introduced the cultivation of vines.
The ruins on the top of the Oppidum Ensérune
Over the centuries, by its positioning on strategic routes of South Mediterranean, the Domaine de Soustres has seen illustrious figures of History on its land, Hannibal and his elephants, Julius Caesar, Charles Martel, Charlemagne, Simon de Montfort, king Francois Ist ...
In the Middle Age, ancient Roman villas of the site gradually turned into a hamlet called Saint John of Tessan, then became a large domain called "Garsagas et Balme" and finally was named Domaine de Soustres in the 16th century (name of the owner, Jacques de Soustre).