Educational vineyard

The crowdfunding campaign on the Miimosa platform (part of the Digital Farm) was launched in December 2017. Its goal was to create an educational vineyard.

The campaign, which ended in February 2018, was a success and totalled 117 contributors. €16,125 was raised thanks to major partners such as the Gard Chamber of Agriculture and Groupama.

The project also won the Airbnb & ‘Bienvenue à la ferme’ awards at the 2018 International Agricultural Show. Our advertising campaign was also successful in the media with articles in Le Midi Libre newspaper, Terre de Vins magazine, M6 and France bleu Gard Lozère TV stations and Vitisphere.

After a rest, the ground was prepared carefully and the planting happened on March 4. The plot is made up of 10 rows with the iconic grape varieties of the Rhône Valley: 5 reds and 5 whites.

This vineyard will allows us to explain to visitors in a fun way the difference between each grape variety and to help understand the vine growth cycle. We can share with them our love for this trade, as Claude and his family have always done. This will be even more important when we welcome children from the surrounding schools.

Claude and Mathieu are committed to the preservation of the environment and received the stamp of approval for their practises by obtaining the 3/3 HVE certification (High Environmental Value). They wish to continue their commitment to education and are now thinking of how to convert the educational vineyard to an organic one.

Sharing their passion, educating the consumer and passing on their values to future generations are the very essences of this laudable project.


Within the Rivier family, each has its own heritage. If for Claude, the wine heritage is now known, that of Nathalie had remained confidential until then.

As a child, Nathalie spent her time in Laudun in her grandfather’s oil mill playing with the tools. But it was his dad who introduced him to the tasting of olive oil and since then the passion has continued. This is also where the name of Claude and Nathalie’s winery comes from: Domaine de l’Oulivetto, which means “Olive Tree Orchard” in Provençal.

Since their installation, they have planted several olive trees over the years, trying to diversify the varieties. First of all with a view to safeguarding this heritage and above all in order to bring, as in wine, an aromatic complexity thanks to the art of blending.

Until then, production had remained confidential, but in 2020, Claude, Nathalie and Mathieu decided to diversify and plant more than 300 olive trees on two new terroirs. This is the birth of two new vintages for Maison Rivier: Nathalie and Emy. But this time it is not about wine but about olive oil composed of Picholine, Aglandeau, Lucque, Bouteillan and Negrette.

At the tasting Emy is soft, round and balanced with a ripe fruitiness while Nathalie is more powerful with notes of fresh hazelnuts and a nice length in the mouth.

A reflection continues with the possible visit of the olive grove combined with the educational vineyard in the spring.

To discover and taste from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in our Chusclan shop, every Friday in our Laudun l’Ardoise shop and of course on our online shop


Planted just a year ago in the heart of our High Environmental Value farm, by Claude & Didier 🌱
These attract the bees which are at the origin of 80% of the pollination of the plant world, They therefore play a very important role in the reproduction of the flowers of the vine and ensure the biodiversity of the vineyard 🐝
You can come and see them grow, next to our Pedagogical Vine & our Shop from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 😍

896 Chemin de Force Mâle
Le Sablas – 30200 Chusclan

Tél. +33 4 66 33 71 49

Shop Open
from Monday to Saturday 
from 9 am to 6 pm non stop & sunday on appointment

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