A MICROCLIMATE IN VALLAURIS FOR AN ORANGE TREE UNLIKE OTHERS
If cultivation of the Bitter orange tree, a small orange tree from 3-10 m in height, rapidly became the jewel of the Vallauris economy as of the end of the 19th century, it was of course thanks to the expansion of the perfume industry, and also, and above all, thanks to a microclimate that is particularly suitable for it. The potters’ city still boasts some forty orange blossom farmers.
To meet an ever-increasing demand for Neroli, the orange blossom essence, four hundred bitter orange trees have recently been replanted on the Château Robert estate.
The bitter orange has a specific feature compared to other orange trees; all its parts can be used, and its properties are used for pharmaceutical purposes, food, perfumes and cosmetics. This is why this orange tree requires strict care. In Vallauris-Golfe Juan, the climate and the soil are perfectly suited to growing the tree.
Coping with temperatures as cold as -8°C, the Côte d’Azur microclimate allows it to achieve its maximum lifespan of 600 years!