The property

A new unpublished history !

The main stages of the creation of the property

1564

Vines Purchasing

Michel Rouilhe, a master tailor, purchased the first vineyard in the « Pierre Plantade » district which gave the name to the property and around which the estate was to develop. He continued buying land for nearly 30 years, building walls to protect his crops and storing the wine in his house on Rue Droite in Aix-en-Provence.

1604-1696

First building & continuation of constructions

His first house, built in 1604, was modelled on the residence of his neighbour Jean Sala, Controller of the Chamber. Although it was designed as a country home, the house was ornamental in style and boasted a genoise overhang.
The grain threshing floor was built shortly afterward, to serve the prosperous farm.

But the family’s money ran out and they sold the house to the Dupont family, members of the Aix parliament, who in turn sold it in 1640 to two craftsmen: Honoré Vigne, a barrel-maker, and his son-in-law Noël Martin, a master shoemaker.

The building was in poor condition. It was not until 1696, when Noël’s grandson François, the first parliamentarian of the family, was grown up, that major works were carried out.
The present house and farm were built at that time, and almond trees, an apiary and a kitchen garden were added to the farm.

1724-1795

The name of Romegas

In 1724, after the marriage of François’ daughter Anne-Rose to Nicolas de Romégas, the estate passed to the family from which it takes its name. The gardens were enlarged and enhanced: mulberry trees were grown, and a silkworm nursery, a chapel, a wheel-operated well and a fishpond were built.
The kitchen garden provided garlic, marrows, melons, onions and water-melons.

Nicolas’ death was followed by a dark period which culminated in the Revolution, and the estate was confiscated as State property after the emigration of Joseph-François de Romégas, who died in Venice a few years later