Fruit and Wine Route
This tourist route takes you from the belvedere of the lake of Serre-Ponçon to Ribiers, gate of Provence.
Benefiting from an ideal climate, the valley combines the best conditions for the production of quality apples, pears and peaches at the edge of La Durance.
Although the first fruit transactions in the country date back to 1358, the first orchards date back to the beginning of the 20th century. The creation of the Durance canal in the 1960s and the development of irrigation networks have allowed the development of this vocation fruit of the territory with many varieties; Golden delicious apples, American reds, Canadian red puddings, granny smith ... and pear side: red and white williams, Louise Bonne, Martin Sec, Doyenné du Comice, Passe-crassane, Conférence.
80% of apple orchards are now covered by nets; not...it's not to protect against birds. It's to protect against the very frequent hail... And some birds nest underneath to protect themselves from their predators!
The Alpine Botanical Conservatory of Gap-Charance houses important fruit collections; many ancient varieties of apple trees, pear trees including napoleon, wood-napoleon, imperial oak leaf that you can discover in the terraced garden, labeled "Remarkable Garden" since 2005.
Hectares of vineyards also extend on Tallard, Châteauvieux and Jarjayes. The production of these vineyards in red, white, rosé and traditional Champagne method is gaining notoriety little by little throughout France.
The fruit and wine producers along this route will make you discover their terroir!