Loire Valley

Domaine des Ouches

The Domaine des Ouches is located in the Bourgueil appellation of the Loire (between Saumur and Tours). A total of 17 hectares (about 42 acres), it has been the home and the passion of the Gambier family for eight generations. The current managers are Thomas and Denis Gambier, who have made it their mission to… Read more »

Domaine des Trois Versants

Domaine des Trois Versants has been owned by the Bretonniere family for four generations. Located in the village of La Fevrie on the banks of the Sevre River, the estate owns 15 hectares of choice, densely planted, south-facing Melon de Bourgogne vineyards on pure schist soils. The term “Versants” means hillsides. Bretonniere’s vineyard is practice… Read more »

Domaine du Pré Semelé

Domaine du Pré Semelé lies in a tiny valley a few miles northwest of the hilltop town of Sancerre. The estate is now managed by the third generation of the family Raimbault, brothers Julien and Clément, vigneron and winemaker, respectively. They are guided by their father Rémy, who has worked the vineyards for decades with… Read more »

Domaine du Viking

In the early part of the 20th century, most of Vouvray (like much of viticultural France) was worked by farmers in polyculture. Cows, sheep, and grain were raised alongside vines. Such was the case for the land belonging to Lionel and Francoise Gauthier, the owners of Domaine du Viking. Francoise’s grandparents owned just 2 hectares… Read more »

Domaine Mérieau

It sometimes seems like Jean–François Mérieau’s mind goes faster than his hands. Although he already produces some of the most respected and sought-after wines of the Touraine, he’s not satisfied and is currently looking for new ways to express the old vines and rich landscape that is the Domaine Jean-François Mérieau. Based in the tiny… Read more »

Domaine Paul Cherrier

Stéphane Cherrier, the Sauvignon master at the helm of Domaine Paul Cherrier, is part of a new generation of young Sancerre winemakers who are changing the face of this traditional appellation.  Along with other young talent such as the winemakers at Domaine Vacheron and Domaine Claude Riffault, Stéphane spends much more time working his vineyards than his father’s… Read more »

Domaine Paul Prieur

For 11 generations, the Prieur family has been wine-growers in the village of Verdigny, Sancerre. The present proprietors and winemakers are Luc Prieur and his father Didier (who himself took over from his father Paul in 1973). Three generations of Prieurs receive clients and visitors who have been coming to the Domaine for generations. Luc… Read more »

Domaine Saint Nicolas

For Thierry Michon, the gregarious force behind one of the Loire’s best-kept secrets, Domaine Saint Nicolas, it’s all about the soil. Working on schist and silex a stone’s throw away from the Atlantic, Thierry is the prophet of biodynamics in this tiny viticultural area. His vineyards never see a non-organic product. He has slowly purchased buffer zones all around his property to prevent chemical… Read more »

Fief Aux Dames

The Fief Aux Dames vineyard is located in Monnières in the heart of the historic “Vignoble Nantais”, and it has been run by the Braud family for nearly a century through five generations. They primarily produce “Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie”. The estate is “Terras Vitis” Certified. “Terra Vitis is the stamp of French vinegrower-winemakers who respect nature… Read more »