Currently planted on 12 ha between 100 and 350m of altitude, the vines of Château de Crémat are located on the territory of the commune of Nice (Alpes-Maritimes), spread over the four hills along the Var valley: Crémât, St Sauveur, la Manda and Saquier.
The only vineyard with an AOP entirely located in a large urban area, between the sea and the mountains, the Bellet vineyard is bathed in sunshine (286 days/year).
The soil is mainly made up of “Poudingue”, a mixture of rolled pebbles, clay and very light sand of the silica-limestone type. Poor and draining, it is very favourable to the vine. On this terroir, the grapes ripen slowly, enriching their juice with sugar and preserving their acidic character.
Planted on slopes laid out in “ribas” (narrow terraces), the vines are not easily accessible. This particular configuration limits accessibility and imposes on the winegrower a manual work and a “tailor-made” parcel approach.