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An extraordinary
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An extraordinary
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Neighbouring its capital Aigues-Mortes, Domaine Royal de Jarras offers a wealth of discovery.

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Neighbouring its capital Aigues-Mortes, Domaine Royal de Jarras offers a wealth of discovery. The “Vignoble des Sables” is planted on an island, which was long ago given the name of Isle de Stel. The place is loaded with history and tales of the knights who accompanied Saint Louis, King of France on his Crusades to the Holy Land.

At the end of the 11th century, Europe's youth became enamoured with the idea of liberating Christ's tomb in Jerusalem and embarked on an unprecedented adventure led by Godfrey of Bouillon.

Bertrand, son of Raymond of St Gilles, Count of Toulouse, joined the crusades and left for the Holy Land in 1109.

Before embarking on the Crusades, Bertrand founded the Hospital that was to become the Grand Priory of St Gilles, the oldest European house of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.

A vineyard located on an island steeped in history

This priory was a hospice for pilgrims on their way to or returning from the Holy Land. As such, it enjoyed the generosity of the princes and lords who were supporters of the Crusades.

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This priory was a hospice for pilgrims on their way to or returning from the Holy Land. As such, it enjoyed the generosity of the princes and lords who were supporters of the Crusades.

Over time, this Templar commandry acquired many domains, including Daladel, Saint-Jean-de-la Pinède and, at the end of the 12th century, the island of Stèle, the northern part of which contained the maritime warehouses.

In 1240, Louis IX, wanting a French port for transporting the troops, became interested in the strategic position of Aigues-Mortes, with its direct access to the Mediterranean Sea. The monks of Psalmody Abbey, who owned the town, agreed to cede it to him. Louis IX fortified the town and later enlarged the royal territory.

It was during this period that Languedoc wines began to be exported. Traces of the past still exist today through the boundaries from 1656 and those marked out in 1764 by Louis Sequin, a land surveyor. The boundaries of Domaine Royal de Jarras are a testament to this history.

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