Serge Scherrer always wanted to work in the wine world; but life dealt him a different hand, and he ended up working as a postman for 35 years. Then in May 2007, his winegrowing dreams finally came true when he acquired a plot of old vines (50% Cinsault, 50% Grenache) in the village of Vallabrix, saving it from being grubbed up. And that was the start of Domaine Agarrus.
Agarrus is a local name for the kermes oak, a small tree that grows on the boundaries of the estate. It was once used in making a red dye called kermes red, very popular in Avignon.
Serge’s wines are often known locally as “the postman’s wines”. It’s an affectionate way of paying tribute to a man renowned for his kindness, love of nature and appreciation for a job well done. Serge has farmed his estate organically from the outset: one of his top priorities is to protect the environment and soils, and he is an enthusiastic advocate of cover cropping.
Before devoting himself fully to his vines, Serge spent 10 years working as a postman in the mornings and a winegrower in the afternoons, extending his vineyard holdings whenever the opportunity arose. He currently farms 14 hectares. In 2017, to his terroir-loving delight, he even managed to acquire a plot of the village’s oldest Grenache vines.