CLIMATE

Before sunrise in a summer morning
The vines defy the dry summer season
Coll breeze of a summer evening
After harvesting the leaves begin to change their colours
Strong "tramontane" winds coming from the Cevennes Mountains
Vineyards after the harvest

The Mediterranean sun
The climate in Faugères is typically Mediterranean. Summers are generally hot and very dry. During the months from June to August temperatures often rise above 30 degrees, on average they reach 29 degrees in the early afternoon. From June to September, except for one or two storms, it hardly rains in most years. The vines, native from the Middle East, feel very comfortable in a climate like this.

Winters are moderately cool and rainy. Faugères, being located at the foot of the Cevennes mountains, enjoys a higher rainfall than in the lowlands, with an average of 600 millimetres of water per year. The rainy season is mainly limited to the months between November and February. It is during this period that the soils are restoring their reserves of water for the dry summer which will follow.

Strong and cold winds from the mountains
The "tramontane" is characteristic of the climate of Faugères and of Languedoc in general. Its a fresh and dry wind coming from the north from the top of the Cévennes plateaus. Most of the time it is a small wind blowing at 15-20 km/h. But it is not unusual for the "tramontane" to blow continuously for days or even several consecutive weeks at 60-80 km/h. These winds are a natural barrier to fungal diseases. In addition to that night temperatures during the summer months from June to August drop down to 19 degrees on average. This avoids the loss of acidity in the grapes and gives our wines their characteristic freshness.

It is no exaggeration to say that the climate of Faugères is ideal for viticulture.