Maison Arnoux is located in Vacqueyras, one of the prettiest wine villages in all of France. Not only is Vacqueyras a quintessential, sun-drenched Provencal town, it turns out some of the finest wines of the entire Rhône Valley. For centuries Vacqueyras has enjoyed great acclaim for its scenery as well as its superb red wine. To further advance its stature, Vacqueyras lays claims to a favorite son in Raimbaut de Vacqueyras, a celebrated 12th century troubadour. In days gone by, Vacqueyras was also the preferred haunt of Sarah Bernhardt, the 19th century's most renowned actress and celebrity. The town no doubt served as a haven from the paparazzi of the day. However, it was not until 1995 that Vacqueyras was granted its own wine appellation, separate from that of the other top Côtes-du-Rhône Villages.
Maison Arnoux was founded in 1717 when the Count Francois de Castellanne, de Lauris, de Vassadel, de Gérard, Chevalier Marquis d'Ampuis, de Lagneroux, universal landlord of Vacqueyras and its lands, donated a parcel of vines to Pierre Bovis, an ancestor of the Arnoux family. Today, the vines of the Arnoux family extend over 40 hectares (88 acres). Moreover, Arnoux's Vieux Clocher still occupies a prime site in Vacqueyras at the foot of the majestic Dentelles de Montmirail, the last rocky outcropping of the Alps. A distinctive Provencal landmark, the Dentelles de Montmirail towers above Vacqueyras and neighboring Gigondas. Here Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault thrive in the dry, wind-scoured air of this mystical corner of Provence known as the Vaucluse.