Rhône, northern

Domaine Gonon | Saint Joseph, Mauves

Certified Organic

Brothers Jean & Pierre took over the family domaine in 1989 and have elevated it into a benchmark domaine for the appellation. They have been farming without chemical inputs & organically since 2004. Their grandfather planted many of the vines from massale selection in parcels that have become the most historic and prized sites in the original, southern-most part of the appellation. New vines are still planted by massale Selection and   the soil is fertilized with its own compost and plowed by horse (Sampson). Bunches are partially de-stemmed, fermented with native yeast in open top wooden tanks and aged in neutral barrel in various sizes for 14-18 months. The wines are transparent & authentic expressions of old-vine syrah grown on these granitic slopes with cool, east facing exposures. (read more)

Rhône, southern

Domaine d'Ouréa | Vacqueyras

Certified Organic

Adrien Roustan established this 18 hectare domaine in 2010. The highest vineyards are in Gigondas, in the lieu-dit of Grand-Montmirail, in the southern part of Les Dentelles de Montmirail and they rise up to 500 meters, the highest in the appellation. This high elevation site, coupled with its Greco-Roman history, inspired the name of the domaine. Ouréa was the Greek god of mountains & heights, son of Gaia. (read more)