A family history
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A family history

From the 12th century, the history of Domaine d’Astros has seen a succession of Knights Templar, Malta Knights and a prosperous Marseilles family.

“There have always been grapevines and Astros cellars...”

During the 12th century, the Knights Templar settled in the fertile Argens valley, the domain of the Viscounts of Marseille. They were succeeded by the Malta Knights in 1314 and under Philippe Le Bel in 1637. It was there, in the foothills, that they built a commandery. During the French revolution the crude construction was sold, along with the domain, as a national property.

In 1802, Napoléon Bonaparte, First Consul for Life wants discipline and money; he auctions off all the properties sold and unpaid under the French Revolution. That is how, Maximin Martin, a member of a Protestant family of Marseille industrialists, soap factory owners, offers to buy the Astros estate in 1802. Marc-Maximin Martin, his grandson, had a building erected inspired by Italian villas. Without descendants, he leaves all of his worldly goods to his first cousin’s grandson, Joseph Maurel, who’s the grandfather of the current owner Bernard Maurel.

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Bernard and Bruno Maurel one to one

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