Before buying Domaine de Graffan we spent many years in the area visiting family. Very often we found the larger rental properties with landscaped gardens were enjoyed at the expense of their location. With large family groups or amongst friends, one needs not to have to get in the car to go for bread, a glass of wine, a restaurant meal, a pizza takeaway, to play tennis/football or visit the local supermarket….and most importantly visit the local wine cave!
When we found Domaine de Graffan it’s location within a village was a real selling point. The locals are extremely friendly and the village centre is a hive of activity in the mornings and a quiet, sleepy village in the afternoons, affording the peace and quiet we so often crave and need while on holiday. When playing in the garden or music we ask all guests to be respectful of this quiet time. The local wine Cave is literally opposite the gate (and was once part of our Domaine). This carries a good range of local wines now marketed under the D’Orfee name – combining the local Caves of Ferrals and Ornaison since 2008. Infact the Graffan 2009 Rose is an award winner. They will be delighted to host a tasting in July and August for the summer guests.
The annual village fete is a 4 night party held in the village with live music and fair ground rides for the youngsters. This is usually the weekend around the 25th August and for the guests of that week it provides a real taste of French entertainment!
The tracks through the vineyards are open to all and provide miles of biking, running and walking with breath taking views and provide an easy 20 min off road route to the next village of Fabrazan where there are bars/restaurants and the local Pharmacy…all this before you even venture out in the car to explore the other beautiful villages and ancient towns of the Corbiere.