A land full of History
The first traces of winegrowing in this region go back many centuries. Starting
with the 12th century, monks had a major role to play in planting and maintaining
vineyards. The Hospitallers of Saint Jean of Jerusalem (also known as the Knights
of Malta) contributed much to the area. Their symbol, an eight-pointed white cross,
has become the emblem of the wines of Lalande de Pomerol.
The Knights of Malta established a commandery and made wine there in order
to celebrate Mass, and also to satisfy the thirst of Crusaders or pilgrims on
the way to Santiago de Compostela.
In medieval times, vines were only one of many subsistence crops, and were not
of great commercial importance. However, the patronage of the Knights of Malta
in Lalande de Pomerol was essential for developing and transforming the region,
which is now devoted to producing great wines.
The history, art and religious fervour of this region are all reflected on
the Romanesque great door of Saint John the Baptist church, a superb symbol
of humanity and serenity.