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It is in the heart of the Narbonne region in a Gaulle under the domination of the Roman Empire, 2nd century BC, that the first traces of the Oppidum of the Cauvins would appear.

However, it could be originally occupied by a tribe of the Ligurian peoples. Settled under antiquity in the south of France and part of Italy in small communities, later become Oppida.

The Oppidum generally means an entrenched camp, built on a promontory protected by a wall. It could be occupied permanently or only in case of danger to populations and livestock.

The Oppidum des Cauvins stood on the road up the banks of the Durance, at the crossroads of the road to Arles and the Alps.

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Throughout its history, its eras and successions of owners, it became a large farm then a hunting lodge in the 19th century.

It was at the beginning of the 20th century that Laurent Marrony, first of the name, was appointed postman of the town of Rognes where he settled and later guardian of the Cauvins property.

His son, Léon Marrony, who became a farmer, acquired the property which was put up for sale in 1936. Along with his son Laurent, second in the name, he will begin the family adventure on the property. Despite the historic upheavals of the Second World War.

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Subsequently, his son Laurent Marrony will continue the expansion of the estate in viticulture, market gardening, arboriculture beekeeping, alongside his wife Jeannine and the help of his daughter Raymonde.

Following the progress of his time, and the major developments in agriculture until 1989, when he gave the reins of the property to his grandson Rémy Ravaute, supported by his wife Dominique.

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To write a new chapter for the estate with the construction from 1998 of the cellars of the Oppidum des Cauvins estate. The vineyard expansion of the estate takes off.

In 2009, the new generation Thibault Ravaute joined the family estate.

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Time, history passes, each one, each one will have served, served, or will serve the Oppidum of the Cauvins through a family and its epic for its vineyard, its wine and its hope ...


Source: The region of Rognes "A Provençal witness in antiquity and the Middle Ages"

by Mr Maurice Coquet

Edition: Dominique Wapler - 1970 - Paris

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