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History of Selhac

Since at least 1802, based on an engraved date on the wall, a farm that gave its name to the property has been standing here. It was producing fruits and vegetables (such as peaches and cherries), and a small lot planted with vines produced ordinary red wine.
The whole property was planted with vines only in the 1940s, particularly with “Muscat Petit Grain Blanc de Frontignan” grape variety used to produce “Muscat de Frontignan AOC” and white muscat “Vin de Pays d’Oc”. The former is a sweet dessert wine while the latter is a dry white wine.
Three generations of the Sala family have been working in Selhac. They started as farm workers and eventually became managers until the current generation purchased the property. The whole property covers 24 hectares, 14 of which are in the immediate vicinity of the “Gites”, while 10 hectares are further out.

The grapes produced on the farm are processed into dry white wine by the Frontignan cooperative. We are conscious of the environment in our farming methods, and we plan to pass on a healthy land to the next generation.
The “Muscat de Frontignan” grape is relatively low yield but we trade quality for quantity. The maximum yield on the property is 35 hectoliters per hectare, but the average is about 25 hectoliters per hectare.

The harvest takes place starting around 15 August and lasts about 10 days. One third is harvested mechanically while the rest is done by hand.
The property currently produces only dry white wine, but the reputation of Frontignan for the last few centuries is based on the sweet dessert wine “Vin Doux Naturel AOC” a name that has been certified and protected since 1936. You will find this wine at the Domaine de la Plaine shop nearby, a place that has been awarded by the Hachette guide book, and whose owners Marie-Noelle and Francis Sala are the brother and sister-in-law of your hosts.