the 6th century B.C., the Phocaeans landed on the shore of Provence where they later founded their colony of Torroeis. Along with their amphoras, they brought the civilization of vine and wine. Located in the vicinity of the village of Le Castellet, the vineyard clung to the hillside with vines planted in terraced rows.
This privileged site in Provence provided ideal conditions for the rapid development of vine growing, one of the most important economic activities in the ancient world. There started the history of Bandol wine. The terroir in those days was the same as it is today, lying within limits marked by the geological barriers of the Gros Cerveau mountain to the south, the Mont Caume to the east and the Massif de la Sainte-Baume to the north, with the Gulf of Bandol as a natural outlet to the sea.