Producer Profile

Domaine la Monardière

Among the 175 wine growers in Vacqueyras, merely 45 independently bottle and directly sell their wines from the domaine, while others supply the cooperative or local négociants. Domaine la Monardière, owned by the Vache family, stands among these esteemed growers. Acquiring the estate from the Monarde family in 1987, the Vache family embarked on a journey of vineyard revitalization, accompanied by the construction of a modern winemaking facility. Initially, they distributed wines from the domaine's door, emphasizing direct sales. Notably, all vineyard harvesting is conducted by hand, a practice not mandated by AOC Vacqueyras, nor commonly observed. Transitioning to organic viticulture in 2000, they attained certification in 2010 after initiating the process in 2007.

Where The Wines Come From

Rhone Valley

The Rhône Valley, nestled in southeastern France, is renowned for its rich winemaking history and diverse terroir. In recent years, the region has also become a prominent destination for natural winemaking. With its Mediterranean climate, varied soils, and a plethora of indigenous grape varieties, the Rhône Valley offers an ideal environment for sustainable viticulture. Natural winemakers here prioritize organic and biodynamic farming methods, cultivating grapes such as Syrah, Grenache, and Viognier with minimal intervention to express the true essence of the land. By eschewing chemical additives and focusing on natural fermentation, they produce wines that are vibrant, aromatic, and reflective of the region's unique terroir. Whether it's the bold and spicy reds of the northern Rhône or the lush and aromatic whites of the southern Rhône, the natural wines of the region are known for their complexity, balance, and sense of place. As the demand for authentic and terroir-driven wines continues to grow, the Rhône Valley remains a beacon of tradition and innovation in the world of natural winemaking.