Carignan

Domaine de Dernaceuillette

600 meters above sea level, in the appellation of Corbières and IGP of Cucugnan, grow some healthy vines of Syrah, Grenache, Alicante and Carignan. They belong to the earth (and some of them have been around since Alexander II of Russia bought the entire Alaska for just over $7 mio!), but are being cared for by a set of the biggest, yet gentlest hands we think any bunch of grapes has ever seen. These are the hands of Guilllaume.

Les Lunes / Populis Wines

Shaunt and Diego have a very clear goal: to take Californian wine back to what it was before big money and 99 points got in the way. Fresh, easy drinking wines, free of commercial techniques, yeasts and other corrective additives that only serve to manipulate the wine into some rich man's idea of what the market wants. Shaunt took the academic route to begin with, but got into winemaking and had the chance to work with Julie Balagny (we love her!) and Philippe Valette. In other words, the foundation is solid.

Domaine des Fées

Frederic Mefrre's family have been grape growers for three generations, cultivating the land and selling their fruit onto local coop until Frederic decided to take a stab at winemaking. After a period in Chile, Frederic began to make a small amount of wine in a corner of his dad's barn using borrowed equipment from friends in Seguret. Domaine de Fée's - or 'Fairy Domain', so called because of the proximity to Fountaine de Fées was born. The vines are found in Sablet and Seguret and Villedieu.

Domaine de Sarrelon

Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues is a cooperative with a difference. The group of 10 vignerons in Gard in the South of Rhône share a winery and resources but vinify their grapes separately, making cuvées instead of batches like most cooperatives. They also all make natural wine, which is extremely rare if not totally unique to Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues. Sharing a winery like this enables the vignerons to save a huge amount on winery overheads which is passed onto the consumer who gets amazing quality wines for a fraction of the price of most other wines.

Domaine Bories Jefferies

British born Jo Jefferies moved out to Languedoc to help his dad out with some building work many moons ago. Naturally, he fell in love and decided to stay, later establishing Domaine Bories-Jefferies from vines that used to belong to his in-laws. The vineyard lies on volcanic soils which adds freshness and crazy-good minerality in the finished wines. Inspired by his friends Bernard Bellahsen and Remi Pujol, Jo describes his wines as home made. He says if you were making a cake at home would you add additives, chemicals? Of course not.

Sylvain BOCK

Monsieur Sylvain Bock and his quest to make wine that is a triumphant display of grapes and their surroundings is inspiring. He wasn't born into winemaking, or at least he thought he wasn't, both of his parents were teachers. He later found out that his grandfather was a well known vigneron from Alsace which sealed his fate. Sylvain worked for other people's wineries for 10 years before establishing his own domaine BOCK in 2010 with just over 4ha in Alba la Romaine and Valvigniéres in the South of Ardèche.

Mas d’Intras

The family domain of Mas D'Intras has been farming grapes for four centuries, but it was only in the 80's that Robert family stopped selling their grapes to the local coop that the family had helped establish. Domaine Mas D'Intras was born. In the late nineties Alfonse recognised that his soil was suffering and he began to turn his attention to organic farming, acheiving Ecocert organic status in 2009. He planted grass in between the vines, and started to plough every second row to direct water retention and moisture to the soil around the vines.

Mas Costefère

One of the most well respected vignerons naturels in Languedoc, Rémi's philosophy is simple: Le Temps Fait Tout, "Time Does It All". He is a quiet and thoughtful man, who makes wines that reflect his personality. Also a member of S.A.I.N.S., he is commited to not adding or removing anything from the raw grapes. Remi has 6ha near the town of Pezenas Herault in which he growns Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Clairette, Ugni blanc Terret.

Château de Roquefort

The Château de Roquefort has passed hands many times since it was built, now under ownership by Raimond de Villeneuve. The history of the chateau has a rich agricultural past, and was also involved with the old silk worm production. Today, winemaking is the primary focus for the chateau. The 25 ha of vineyard are located on the edge of Bandol in a sort of ampitheatre on clay and limestone. This affords the vines their own microclimate and grapes are slow to ripen at the altitude of 1000ft.

Julien Peyras

Just North-East of Beziers, Domaine Julien Peyras is making some truly fantastic wines. As a member of S.A.I.N.S (the zero everything crew), he is comitted to making wines with minimal intervention as his nieghbour and mentor Bernard Bellahsen has done for decades. Farming 8ha of hillside terraced vineyard on clay-limestone, Julien farms Languedoc-Rousillon favourites Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache, Clairette, Syrah, Grenache blanc and Roussane all from 40+ year old vines.