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IVES 9 IVES Conference Series 9 Landscape study of the Suzette rural district. A vineyard in the heart of the Dentelles de Montmirail

Landscape study of the Suzette rural district. A vineyard in the heart of the Dentelles de Montmirail


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Le territoire de Suzette se développe sur un grand coteau viticole et boisé situé au cœur du site naturel des Dentelles de Montmirail (40km au nord d’Avignon). Ce site est à la fois l’un des pôles d’attraction touristique du département et le lieu d’une production viticole renommée (Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise, … ). Cet ensemble remarquable de terrasses viticoles et de crêtes rocheuses et boisées, forme un des paysages emblématiques du Vaucluse. La commune est actuellement soumise à une importante pression foncière due à une forte demande résidentielle. Le paysage du coteau forme et possède de ce fait un patrimoine culturel de valeur et une image de marque importante pour la production viticole locale. Ce paysage, assez exceptionnel pourrait cependant se transformer sous l’effet d’une urbanisation mal maîtrisée. L’objectif de l’étude est donc d’alimenter la réflexion sur la politique urbaine à mener pour assurer la préservation de ce paysage. L’étude présente les éléments qui structurent le site, évalue les différentes zones de sensibilité et propose des recommandations pour un développement harmonieux du village dans le cadre d’une mise en valeur de l’ensemble. Cette présentation est suivie par une réflexion sur l’évolution du paysage liée au développement de la viticulture sur la commune et sur les rapports entre production viticole et protection/ valorisation des coteaux où cette production est assurée.

The area of the village Suzette expands on a wine producing and wooded hillside, located in the heart of the natural site of the Dentelles de Montmirail. The site of the Dentelles is a touristic center of attraction of the department, and is renowned for its local wine producing (Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise, … ). This unity, notable for its vine terraces and its rocky and wooded ridges, composes one of the emblematic landscapes of Vaucluse. This site is presently under a land pressure for residential building. The landscape of the hill of Suzette is a valuable cultural heritage and a brand image for the local wine production. This quite exceptional landscape could be transformed by an uncontrolled urbanization. The purpose of this study is to feed thought on the urban politic to lead on the area of Suzette to preserve and highlight the landscapes heritage. This study presents the structuring elements of the landscaped hillside, appraises the different areas of sensibility and proposes recommendations for an harmonious development of the village in the context of the highlight of the whole landscape hillside. The presentation of the study is followed by a reflexion about the wine growing development on the area and links between wine producing and highlight of the landscape.


Publication date: February 15, 2022

Issue: Terroir 2002

Type: Article



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Coteau viticole, site, pression foncière, protection et mise en valeur du paysage
Wine hill, land pressure, preservation and highlight of the landscape


IVES Conference Series | Terroir 2002


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