Welcome to our world of grapevines and wine, our daily passion.
We are winegrowers that become artists when taking on a challenge: that of unveiling our prestigious terroirs and our cultivation ethos in our wines whilst at the same time respecting the grapevines, the soil and man.
We want to share our story with you so please follow us step by step by reading below…
The farm estate has belonged to the Verzier family since 1828.
It is situated at the top of the hillsides overlooking the village of Chavanay, just next to the statue ‘Madone d’Izeras’ and is surrounded by Saint Joseph and Condrieu vineyards. Chavanay is on the right bank of the river Rhône and is approximately 50km south of Lyon.
Philippe, the youngest of seven children, became particularly attached to his family’s old vines and in 1988, at the young age of 19, he took over the estate.
At that time, the farm estate cultivated cereals, grew fruits, had vineyards plus bred cows and goats. However, Philippe wanted to devote himself exclusively to winemaking so started off with 2,5 Ha of Saint Joseph which he inherited from his father, Jean.
He started to plant some vines on terraces overlooking the river Rhône just next to the Madone statue,
notably his first Condrieu vineyard. He stopped giving the grape harvest to the cooperative and vinified his first wines in 1988 himself, in the wine cellar which he had converted.
The small estate has grown and today covers 10 Ha. Maxime, Philippe and Isabelle’s son, joined them in 2016 after some professional experience in Alsace, Burgundy, Canada and South Africa. Maxime is very attached to his ‘terroir’ and he contributes with his new ideas and experiments that he has discovered during his trips abroad.
Our traditional know-how and our permanent questioning at every harvest season allow us to evolve towards more and more authentic wines and ways of cultivation.
First and foremost, Philippe is a winemaker, even though he supervises his team he is still very involved with his grapevines, respecting the balance between the vines and the soil using organic growing methods and bio-dynamic preparations.
He is very attached to his land, he takes great care in cultivating the plots as if they were small vegetable patches.
In the wine cellar, Maxime unveils the characteristics of the terroir through the authentic wines which satisfy your taste buds, as they are, with no frills.
She uses her skills in the vines by creating preventive treatments for the grapevines. She also works at reception in the office, in the wine cellar and at the wine fairs.
If you wish to stay at the estate she also manages the family cottage Gîte l’Etable d’Hélène. which can be rented.