The Rabiega property has a rich wine growing tradition dating all the way back to the 16thcentury. Here is the story behind the Domaine Rabiega winery.
Mrs Christiane Rabiega
Production of wine under the Rabiega name started in the 1960s by Mrs Christiane Rabiega.
In 1986, Swedish Vin & Sprit (“Wine & Spirits”) acquired the property. Its aim was to use Rabiega to increase the company’s wine-making expertise by running a wine estate of its own.
At the time, Vin & Sprit had a monopoly on the import of wines to Sweden. They felt that good knowledge of the actual winemaking process would further increase the competence of its employees, who came to Rabiega to learn. In the early days, the wines were not considered too successful, but a new era began when Mr. Lars Torstenson was appointed winemaker in 1988.
Domaine Rabiega received widespread recognition when a Syrah-based prestige cuvée (Clos Dière Cuvée I) of the 1990 vintage in 1993 achieved great success in a wine competition. Rabiega thus managed to establish itself as one of Provence’s premier wine estates. At this time, quality improvements were underway among several producers in southern France, who had previously been considered to produce only simpler wines unable to compete with the classic French wine regions. In addition to Provence, this included Languedoc-Roussillon in particular.
In the early 2000s, Vin & Sprit decided to focus on its core business, which did neither include owning and operating its own learning center abroad, nor producing its own wines. Following Sweden’s 1995 entry into the European Union, the company had lost its monopoly position as a Swedish wine importer. The Swedish wine business had declined in importance compared to the production of spirits, not least after the successful Swedish export of Absolut Vodka. In 2005, it was therefore announced that Domaine Rabiega would be sold, and winemaker Lars Torstenson left the estate.
In 2006, the estate was purchased by the Åkesson family, who had previously run Kronovall Castle in southern Sweden. After a few years, the property was sold to a French owner who passed in 2017. The estate was once again for sale.
In the summer of 2019, Gastrodev Vin & Sprit AB started working on purchasing the estate. Since July 27, 2020, Domaine Rabiega is owned by the Swedish company Gastrodev Vin & Sprit AB, based in Stockholm, whose founders are Yohan and Blenda Adell von Corswant. Both passionate about food and wines, and with a solid experience in the industry. In addition, the award-winning winemaker Lars Torstenson is once again in charge of the winemaking, taking on the challenge with the highest ambitions.
Come on in and say hello! We are excited to welcome you to Domaine Rabiega in sunny Provence, with spectacular views that reach for miles. The newly upgraded and renovated domain is as beautiful as it is exceptional for grape growing. The topography, mild and sunny climate and special terroirs are perfect ingredients for delicious and age worthy wines.
A cozy and beautifully decorated first-class hotel, Hôtel Clos Dière Rabiega, bearing the name of our most prestigious wines, a lounge bar, wineshop, tasting cellars, meeting facilities for successful professional gatherings and restaurants await you. This fairytale has come true, thanks to the dream of our founders and co-founders – all of which share in the knowledge, interest, and love of good wines.
– We want you to feel at home with us, says Yohan Adell von Corswant, founder and CEO of Domaine Rabiega. Come enjoy a stay in one of our meticulously curated guest rooms à la Provence, enjoy a lunch in our bistro by the large pool, take a class in gourmet cooking and wine making, or simply relax in these beautiful surroundings before an al fresco bistro meal by the pool, or gourmet dinner is waiting for you in our fine-dining restaurant.
The Domaine provides the best art and wine integration; Blenda is a skilled artist, the creative force behind wine labels, art installations and paintings. Together, Blenda and Yohan welcome you with open arms – to this special “home away from home”- truly, “Une Maison sans Pareil” – a place like no other!
After a life in the service of gastronomy, at several restaurants in the USA, France, and Sweden, Yohan & Blenda chose to change their focus and use their entrepreneurial spirits in the wine industry.
In 2015, the Adell von Corswant family had decided to market wines under their own brand, Maison Sans Pareil. Their wines Maison sans Pareil, Bordeaux Superieur, Maison sans Pareil Loire, and the family’s very own champagne, L’Amour sans Pareil, were introduced to the discerning Swedish market. The wines quickly became sought after and sold well in first-class restaurants. These fine wines are now available in our boutique at the domaine – well worth a visit.
We are proud to offer you our very own, award-winning Clos Dière and our design awarded “R” (for Rabiega, of course) fine wines, including the fantastic vintages R 1920 and R 2020, available in both blanc and rosé.