Cousins Denis and Sebastien manage 25 hectares of vines in the rugged and wild Ardèche in the southern Rhone Valley. Their family has been in the region since at least the 16th century, and Denis’ father Alphonse helped create the local wine cooperative in the 1952. Thirty years later, with the goal of passing his life’s work in winemaking on to his children, Alphonse decided to leave the coop and build his own winery. The first vintage of Mas d’Intras was in 1982.
The domaine has 24 different parcels, planted to many different varieties: for the reds, Grenache and Syrah are most widely planted, but there is also Carignan, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. For the whites: Chardonnay, Viognier, and Sauvignon Blanc.
In addition to organic certification since 2009, the domaine has taken other ecological approaches to running a winery. The wines are bottled in a special “feather” bottle that is 30% lighter, which reduces fuel consumption during the shipping. They use natural corks, recycled cardboard packaging, and have installed solar panels. Additionally, they make regular deliveries by barge throughout Europe for both professional and individual clients.