By Thomas P. Huber
I've got observed luscious wines and succulent fruit and delightful dinners. yet there's not more evocative adventure of the 2 valleys than the scent of new-mown hay within the fields at nightfall. If someone have been to shut their eyes, they can now not inform in the event that they have been in Provence or the North Fork Valley. That candy, earthy scent is a part of the wonderful thing about those locations.
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Both of these major classes of soils are a dream for farmers and vintners as long as they can get the water to make them productive. The valley itself is covered by many feet of alluvium, but the limestone slopes away from the river are covered only by a thin veneer of soil. In fact, there is so much limestone that one is not far from a limestone quarry anywhere in the valley. Magnificent outcrops of this stone can be seen in places like the village of Lioux and its imposing Falaise (cliff ) de la Madeleine.
In climatologist jargon these numbers make this a semiarid steppe climate—not a siren call to farmers. The great author Wallace Stegner wrote a classic book about the farmers-versus-aridity dilemma in the US West called Beyond the Hundredth Meridian—that line in the sand runs through central Nebraska and is a surrogate for the twenty-inch isohyet. Most agronomists agree that it approaches folly to try to consistently grow crops, even drought-resistant ones such as wheat, in a place that gets fewer than twenty inches of precipitation per year, without the aid of supplemental irrigation.
This is one of the best views of the massive limestone deposits within the Vaucluse. midst of the bucolic orchards, vineyards, and fields, this monolith rises from the ground and looms over the small commune of Lioux. It would be eerie to live in the shadow of such a monstrous piece of stone. The vast majority, although not all, of the foundation bedrock in the Coulon is limestone. There is a small yet significant area called the ocreux d’Apt. These are sandstones mixed with some clays that have a reddish to pinkish pigment that comes from the oxidizing (rusting) of iron-saturated minerals in the rock.
An American Provence by Thomas P. Huber