The district of Laudun-l'Ardoise is situated on the northeast
border of Languedoc-Roussillon, and it benefits from its position
near the Rhône corridor across from Provence. The district
of Laudun-l'Ardoise was established on the banks of the Rhône,
at the convergence of two fertile valleys that are fed by two
bodies of water, the Cèze and the Tave. The district
is unique in that it consists of a principal town and a hamlet.
The latter, located on the bank of the Rhône, is the
base for an industrial zone that is in full expansion. Although
proud of its past, the town also continues on its path into
the modern world by developing relationships with different
industries, services, and athletic and cultural events.
||Supermarket and retail stores of all types: butcher shops,
bakeries, food stores, pastry shop.
Real estate agency, ambulance, insurance, driving school, bank, hairdressers,
television repair, electricians, beautician, notary office, florist, car mechanic,
general construction, landscapers, photographers, locksmiths, taxis, translator,
transporters, public works.
||The district of Laudun-l'Ardoise overlooks the valley of the
Tave and the vast wine-growing domain of the Côtes du Rhône.
The area is dominated by the plateau of Lacau on which the Gallo-Roman ruins
of Caesar's Camp still stand. The opulent town of Laudun was once under the
power of the seigneurs de Laudun. The mills of the Tave attest to its economic
activity. The town was circled by ramparts, whose outlines one can trace
in the jardin Planchon, in cellars, staircases, doorways, and wells.
The aqueduct of Balouvière, another vestige of the past, was built in
1870. It recalls the architecture of the Pont du Gard. The former was used to
transport water to a reservoir on the hill of Sainte Foy, which supplied the
fountains and drinking troughs of the village.
||The history of Laudun probably began after the oppidum
was abandoned in the late 5th century A.D. The first artefacts from the
Middle Ages were discovered on the hill of Sainte Foy. Leaning on the
great limestone plateau where the ruins of the Gallo-Roman settlement
of Caesar's Camp were found, the town faces the fertile plains where
famous vineyards grow. As the town developed, a series of fortifications
was built, and then the church of Notre Dame La Neuve was constructed
next to them in the first half of the 14th century.
||Although it has remained faithful to its wine-growing industry,
the town has also developed an intensely active industrial zone whose production
is highly diversified, depending on the companies and their respective sectors
(metallurgy, transportation, pastries, etc). The wine of Laudun-l'Ardoise
is part of the Côtes du Rhône label but proudly bears the appellation
of "Village," which denotes a high-quality wine.
The wine is produced by several cellars, including those of the wine-growers
and private wineries.