Rendé Masdéu: Earthly paradise in Catalonia
Wine has been grown here since 1604. Set in the heart of the village of Espluga de Francoli, not far from the famous Poblet monastery, the estate produces wines under the Conca de Barbera appellation in southern Catalonia. What strikes you first about the estate is its ...
Celler Vall Llach The moving story of Matilde, Joaquina and Catalina
They say life is full of adventure, but we often hear stories from elders that make us think that we may not always be able to get the most out of life; however, if we're lucky, we can listen and learn from them. That's what compelled me to tell the unique story of a young winemaker ...
FROM CALDARO TO CAPRI ON A TANDEM: TWO WINEMAKERS’ CHALLENGE TO MAKE KALTERERSEE BETTER KNOWN
Andrea Moser and Gerhard Sanin, winemakers from the Kaltern and Erste+Neue wineries, covered 1,250 kilometres to introduce their wine to people and pair it with regional cuisines. The adventure of the ‘Pirates of Kalterersee’ came to an end on their arrival in Capri. ...
Château la Varière – Cabernet franc in Anjou
For Anne and Jacques Beaujeau, Chateau La Varière is their “second child”. Both natives of the Brissac-Quincé area, they share roles on the estate between them. Trained in vineyard management by his grandfather at an early age, Jacques makes the wines and acts as their ...
Château Borie-Neuve – A dream come true
Who hasn’t dreamed of ditching their job in Paris to “go down South and make wine”? Bruno Correia, a native of Garenne-Colombe in the Paris area but also a lover of good food and wine, decided he wanted a change of lifestyle, age 34. So he said goodbye to the restaurant ...
Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion: A jewel in the Pessac-Léognan crown
In 2010, Patrice Pichet – CEO of the Pichet real estate group – acquired this gem of a vineyard whose ten hectares of AOC Pessac-Léognan vines are surrounded by buildings in the greater Bordeaux area. The Chateau’s wines, which were already of an extremely high standard, ...
Domaine de Schisterelle: A female perspective on Languedoc
Deciding to take over your grandparents’ wine estate when you’re twenty or so years old and a dental assistant is not for the faint-hearted. By 1999, Céline Cabanel was already a year and a half into her studies in Pézénas. She started off at the co-operative, ...
Domaine de l'Olivette, quite simply archetypal Bandol
The Dumoutier family has been nurturing its love for vines at Domaine de l’Olivette for four generations. Stretching over 55 hectares, the estate has enjoyed clay-limestone soils and the privileged location of Bandol for 250 years. Imagine a natural amphitheatre between land ...
Domaine de la Désoucherie: A rare find
Christian Tessier and his son Fabien, wine growers in Cour-Cheverny (between Chambord and Cheverny). The Tessier family’s ancestors, as was often the case in France, had a variety of farming activities. In addition to vines, they grew cereals and asparagus and reared cattle. ...
The legendary Gosset… Champagne’s oldest wine house
For four centuries, the Gosset tradition has been shaped by artisanal expertise and family heritage. In 1584, Aÿ alderman and wine grower Pierre Gosset was producing still wines, often red, with grapes from his own vineyards. At that time, two wines vied for a ...
Domaine de Joÿ - pure sense of place, Gascon-style
Originally, this was the story of a Swiss family who fell in love with the Armagnac region. At the turn of the century, aware of the richness of the soils and distinctive aspect of some plots, the Gesslers gradually decided to give up mixed farming and devote a large part of Domaine de Joÿ ...
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