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The development of vine-growing on the island of Ré dates back to the 12th century. The monks of the Châteliers abbey quickly realized that this island had everything it needed to produce quality wines: clay-limestone soils, excellent climatic conditions and an exceptional environment. They have added their know-how and respect for nature to reach the pinnacle of their art.

Wines of character made with the greatest respect for tradition

Nearly a millennium later, the vineyards of the Retais region have made a major contribution to the reputation of Charente wines. Some sixty winegrowers, who belong to the same cooperative, cultivate vines on a surface area of 650 hectares. Red, white, rosé, sparkling: the range of Charentais wines is extensive, and is complemented by Pineau des Charentes and Cognac.

Some are powerful, others fresh or effervescent. Whatever it is, Retais wine is unique, and its production process is carried out with the greatest respect for ancestral traditions. The secret of their unique flavours lies partly in the wind-blown sand that covers the soil and the marine alluvium.

Visit the cooperative winery and discover Charentais wines

Like oysters and salt, wine on the Ile de Ré is a local product that visitors appreciate and learn to savor. If you’re an oenology enthusiast or simply a lover of good wine, visit the Bois-Plage-en-Ré wine cooperative during your stay on Ré la Blanche, at the La Tour des Prises campsite.

You’ll discover all the secrets of winegrowing and be able to taste the 8 grape varieties grown on the island.

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