Producer Profile

Soma Vines

Dominique Derain stands as a trailblazer of biodynamic viticulture in Burgundy. Even prior to formal winemaking studies in Beaune, he showcased his expertise by crafting wine barrels. In 1988, he and his wife made a pivotal decision, purchasing vineyards in Saint-Aubin, a hidden gem amidst prestigious Burgundy appellations. There, they embraced biodynamic practices, utilizing organic elements like manure and silica to nurture the vines. Their dedication culminated in biodynamic certification in 1989, marking them among the region's earliest adopters.

What distinguishes Dominique is his quest for finesse and minimal intervention. He opts to age his wines in stainless steel, concrete, or fiberglass tanks, followed by a final rest in older oak barrels. This gentle approach allows the distinc

Soma Vines Winemaker

Where The Wines Come From

Saint-Aubin

Saint-Aubin, nestled in the renowned wine region of Burgundy, France, is gaining recognition for its commitment to natural winemaking practices. Situated amidst the rolling hills of the CĂ´te de Beaune, Saint-Aubin benefits from its unique terroir, characterized by limestone soils and a continental climate. Here, winemakers embrace minimal intervention techniques, focusing on organic and biodynamic farming methods to cultivate indigenous grape varieties like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The resulting natural wines from Saint-Aubin often exhibit vibrant acidity, elegant structure, and a distinct expression of terroir that reflects the region's rich winemaking heritage. With its dedication to sustainability and authenticity, Saint-Aubin is emerging as a captivating destination for wine enthusiasts seeking unique and soulful expressions of Burgundian winemaking.