Fruit growing in the Southern Alps dates back several centuries. But it was around the 1930s that its development really began. With an altitude of around 900 metres, the climate and the quality of the soil favour the production of high-quality fruit that is both aesthetic and tasty.
So much so that the only French Label Rouge and IGP apples come from this terroir, which also has 2 packing stations to limit transport between the orchard and the place of dispatch. The Haute-Durance, with more than 300 days of sunshine per year, a night-time cold that prevents the degradation of the acids in the fruit, and high daytime temperature ranges that allow for optimal colouring, is the only terroir to have been crowned with official signs of quality.
After obtaining the Label Rouge in 1996, an IGP, Protected Geographical Identification, was granted in April 2010. It concerns 13 cantons of the Hautes-Alpes and 6 of the Alpes de Haute-Provence. The apples of the Alpes de Haute-Durance come from the Golden Delicious and Gala varieties. They are characterised by their firmness, intensity of colour and high sugar content.