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Commanderie de Peyrassol, an open door on contemporary art, in Provence

Commanderie de Peyrassol, an open door on contemporary art, in Provence

On the edge of the Massif des Maures, this provençal wine estate invites you to discover the hidden works of contemporary artists.

Spanning 950 hectares, Philippe Austruy has made his property, founded in the 13th century by the Order of the Knights Templar, into a unique venue. Dedicated to the culture of vineyards, it is open to wine specialist, but also to contemporary art lovers, who can come admire a wide array of monumental sculptures scattered around the park, while taking advantage of a very good restaurant.

Peyrassol opens its doors to contemporary art

Nikki de Saint Phalle, César, Arman, Antoni Tapies, Vasarely, Denis Oppenheim, Tinguely, Jean Dubuffet, Folon, Daniel Buren and many others, in their own way the 50 artists represented here participate in making the Commanderie de Peyrassol a cultural destination in its own right. Hailing from different horizons, their works create the surprise at the detour of a path or a vineyard plot.

Commanderie de Peyrassol Wim Delvoye
It's Mister Clean by Wim Delvoye who welcomes visitors arriving on the estate. © Mireille Roobaert
Commanderie de Peyrassol franco Adami et Denis Oppenheim
The sculptures of Franco Adami and Denis Oppenheim are clever reminders of modern lifestyle. © Mireille Roobaert 

A holiday escapade under the sign of wine

For extended stays, this exceptional setting, in the middle of nature, offers rooms and apartments with authentic comfort. Offering Olympian calm, they are decorated with antique pieces of furniture, Provencal fabrics and vintage tiles. Here, gastronomy also holds up its rank with the table d'hôtes of Guillaume Delaune, a chef who knows how to perfectly combine seasonal products with the A.O.C. and A.O.P. Côtes de Provence wines of the estate. Careful, it will be very difficult to leave…

Commanderie de Peyrassol Daniel Buren
A major player of the artistic scene, Daniel Buren created this playful Open Cylinder at the heart of the Commanderie de Peyrassol. © DR
wine at Commanderie de Peyrassol
Other not-to-be-missed visits : the winery and the tasting cellar to enjoy the best vintage house wines. © Thierry Malty

Sculptures and wines of Provence in the Var region