Since Roman times, the Château de Crémat has been a wine-growing site located in an idyllic setting between the sea and the mountains. It was owned by atypical and visionary people who knew how to make it an architectural jewel.
1906 la création
In 1906, Antoine Mari, a prosperous olive oil merchant from Nice, built the Château de Crémat on the land of his ancestors “Li plana de Mari”. He thus contributed to the rebirth of the Bellet vineyard.
During the Roaring Twenties, the whimsical Irene Bretz, a wealthy shareholder in an American railway company, took over the Château.
From 1923, she undertook major renovation work under the direction of the Charles Dalmas architectural firm, which was working on the construction of the Carlton in Cannes. She received all the celebrities of the Côte d’Azur, including a certain Gabrielle Chanel.
It is said that she was inspired by the initials of the Château de Crémat, two intertwined C’s, to create the logo of her prestigious fashion house.
In the 1940s, Pierre Tomé became the new owner of the Château. A visionary, he worked for the recognition of Bellet on a national level and had the terroir registered as an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in 1941. As a key figure and president of the winegrowers’ union, he wrote a decisive chapter in the history of Bellet.
At the beginning of the 21st century, Cornelius Kamerbeek modernised the winery with the aim of making more complex, finer wines. In the same process, he obtained organic farming certification (AB) in 2014.
Château de Crémat was taken over in 2017 by a family of French industrialists who are passionate about the vineyards and the region.
Proud of this unique heritage, they are committed to highlighting the singular history of the château through numerous changes: renovation of the rooms, respect for the colours of Nice and decoration of the interiors in a “Roaring Twenties” style. The Château was fitted out with the furniture of the Ritz, the famous Parisian palace, whose furniture was bought at an auction.