The story of Domaine Chabrier goes back to 1925, when Louis Chabrier acquired 3.5 hectares of vines in the village of Bourdic; today, the Domaine’s vineyards span 70 hectares. In 1952, the estate was taken over by Louis’ sons. At that time, the grapes were delivered to a cooperative winery, and the first mechanised processes were being introduced. In 1988, they handed the baton to the third generation of Chabriers, Christophe and Patrick. Both were passionate about vine and wine; they built their own winery on the estate and became independent winemakers in 1998.
Cave de Durfort in Durfort-et-Saint-Martin-de-Sossenac was founded in 1963, and is the Gard Department’s youngest winery, with 80 cooperative members and six permanent employees. It lies close to the Cévennes, in naturally cool conditions reflected skilfully in its wines: a stunning terroir which the Cave is proud to showcase.
Domaine Le Sollier lies in the village of Monoblet in the foothills of the Cévennes National Park, with the twin Jumelles de Monoblet peaks rising up in the background. The Olivier family have been looking after this little corner of paradise since 1947.
Marie-Hélène Veyrunes and Thomas Faure have always been passionate about vine and wine, and worked for many years at Domaine Les Lys in Blauzac: they loved the land and surrounding countryside, and cared deeply about the estate’s future.
In 2016, the Domaine’s managing partners separated, and the couple had a unique opportunity to take over the estate. They threw themselves wholeheartedly into their new venture, seeking to make a wine that reflected their personalities.
Almost 4 generations of the Reynaud family have been united in their passion for vine and wine. Luc Reynaud currently heads up the family estate located in Saint Siffret, the village where he grew up. Luc’s love of winemaking developed under the watchful eye of his grandfather, a rather unusual winemaker whose second great love was books. Domaine Reynaud’s emblem is a quill pen, chosen in his honour.
In 1925, Pierre and Marie Blanc moved from their native Lozère to settle in Uzès, and bought a farmhouse which was to become Domaine Saint Firmin. Their son Emile went on to extend the Domaine and its vineyards, and today Saint Firmin vines grow across many hectares of Uzès’s sunny hillsides.
Domaine Deleuze-Rochetin in Arpaillargues is almost 200 years old. In 2006, Catherine Cathonet took over this family-run estate, and commissioned the building of a new, privately owned winery.
In the village of Saint-Chaptes in the Gard stands a former Commanderie of the Knights Templar, built in 1212. It’s now home to La Tour de Gâtigne, a wine estate run by the Guibal family since 1936, where the fourth generation is already hard at work.
After 20 years as a schoolteacher, Emmanuel Senthille moved back to work on his family’s wine estate in St Jean de Crieulon in the foothills of the Cévennes. He joined his father initially, delivering his grapes to the local cooperative, but went on to set up his own winery in 2018, sourcing grapes from 4 hectares of vines. It was his childhood dream come true.