The first traces of olive trees go back to the times of the Gauls and the Romans.
The Knights Templar founded one of the first command posts of the Order of Provence on the plateau, draining the wettest land to considerably increase the surface area that could be cultivated. Since then, bushes, trees and medicinal plants have grown in these high-altitude soils where several generations of healers, herbalists and sorcerers (‘Masco’ in the Provençal dialect) have lived and practised their arts.
That is how the estate got its name!
1992 : The first four hectares of Chardonnay were planted.
2000 : We increased the surface area dedicated to Chardonnay. A part of the production is for fresh, light wines, while the other is for cellaring. The first hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah also appeared quite soon. The estate started to become known and won its first medal: Gold in the Vinalies Internationales competition.
2003 : Carl and Sophie Mestdagh became the owners of the estate. Success followed the Vinalies competition and Guide Hachette awarded us its ‘Coup de Cœur’ (favourite) prize for our rosé.
2005 – 2007 : The owners set out to diversify the grape varieties on the estate. A few hectares of Grenache and Viognier were planted, with the more traditional varieties gaining ground as well as olive trees and truffle oaks.
2008 – 2011 : Large-scale construction and rehabilitation work on the stores and the winery were undertaken. Guest rooms were also built.
The idea was to open the estate up to the world and help it to reach out beyond the regional borders.