From Bee Keeper to influential vigneron, Eric Pfifferling lives a life as close to nature as any. His work demonstrates energy, life and precise craftmanship. Eric inherited 4ha of ancient vines from his grandmother in Southern Rhone's Tavel in 1988, later adding 3ha in Lirac. The soils are rich with gallets, identical to those found in neighbouring Châteauneuf du Pape. Initally Eric sold his fruit on to the local cooperative in Tavel, before deciding to make his own wine. After many trials, his first proper vintage was 2002. In the cellar, Eric is unique. He uses carbonic maceration for all of his cuvees, a practice which has since caught on in the region. On winegrowing and winemaking Eric believes that you can not force nature. There is not a vintage that resembles another. "From one year to the next, I lose everything, I know. It almost happened to me in 2002, the year or we lost bees and three-quarters of the harvest in the floods. This too is a lesson in humility."