Grenache

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.

Le Clos des Grillons

Nicolas Renaud of Clos de Grillons is exactly the kind of vigneron we are into. Not only is he a good friend and neighbour of the Eric Pfifferling, the pair also join forces to make Sune's own gift cuvée 'Venskab'. Formerly a history teacher and with no family ties to wine or ownership of land, Nicolas slowly began to rent parcels of land in areas that were overlooked by the cooperatives who were on the search for more productive vines. Of course these old vines and low yields were exactly what Nicolas was looking for.

Henri Milan

In the hills of Avignon, around the village of St Remy de Provence that was once famously frequented by Van Gogh, lives another kind of protégé. Henri Milan has more or less been a vigneron since birth, planting his first vine at the age of 8 and taking over from his father in 1986. His work in the vineyard shows his complete respect for nature and terroir: practising biodynamics on the land and being the first in his family to decide to vinify the parcels separately, revealing their outstanding individual potential.

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.

Domaine de Villeneuve

In 1993, Philippe de Roy du Bliquy, an Advertising mogul from Paris was on the hunt for some vineyards and stumbled upon the then run down Domaine de Villeneuve in the Northern corner of Chateauneuf du Pape close to Chateau de Beaucastel. Together with a good friend, Stanilas Wallut and their families, they begun restoring the 8.5ha, using biodynamic practices to heal the vines which are now certified Biodynamic by Ecocert. Only a small amount of vines had to be replanted which means that nearly all of vines are now between 30-100 years old.

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.