At the end of the 15th Century King Charles VIII brought it back from its war campaigns in Italy, where it was grown and consumed since the great Roman era. During the Renaissance period it was planted in the Loire Valley, very near to the current Soldive growing area! At this stage it's called Cantaloup melon after the name of the Vatican Cantalupi gardens. The variety had been introduced there from Armenia to please the sophisticated tastes of the popes.
Later on this cantaloup melon was implanted in Charente, where it progressed by natural mutation and selection to become the connoisseur fruit renowned as the Charentais all over the world (even in Italy).
The Charentais melon still has the same appearance as the Cantaloup (still largely cultivated in Southern Europe and latin Amercia) but is widely recognised as superior in flavor and taste even outside of France.
This tradition of strongly flavored, sweet and "fragant" melon grown in openfields that still guides us. That's why we proudly carry on producing only yellow Charentais with a very sudden and accentuated maturity requiring a lot of expertise and labor, rather than varieties with more productivity but less flavour
without any concession on these principles on any of our farms since 1963!