Not far away from Apt, two famous places where coloured earth is extracted are Gargas and Rustrel. ‘La Société des Ocres de France’ still extracts important quantities of ochreous sands in open sky quarries. Their colours vary from yellow to red, with sometimes greenish or purplish seams.
The quarries of Roussillon and Jean-Jean have been closed. The old galleries have been transformed into mushroom beds.
Vaucluse is France’s main production area (approximately 2,000 tons per annum).
Société des Ocres de France
Impasse des ocriers
84400 Apt – France
tél : 33 (0)4 90 74 63 82