- Côtes-du-Rhône, Rhône, France
Montagnette is produced at Les Vignerons D'Estezargues, a small Southern Rhone Cooperative located in the Gard Departement, west of Villeneuve-Les-Avignon. They are a unique co-op because each vineyard is farmed sustainably and the wines are bottled separately for each estate. The yields in the vineyards are not high because the soil is very arid in this particular region. The co-op's commitment to environmentally-respectful viticulture and to non-interventionist winemaking made it possible to follow the "Terra Vitis" charter: no cultured yeasts, no filtration, no fining, no enzymes, no SO2 on the grapes at harvest (or during the vinification), only a little bit for bottling.
Domaine La Montagnette is owned by Jean-Marie Granier, aka the Gentleman Farmer of Estézargues! He bought his first plots when he was 16, became the city’s mayor at 24, and the vice-president of the co-op back in 1990. He’s been with the co-op for the past 50 years. Following the path of his father, who farmed about 30 hectares of vineyards, Jean-Marie increased the vineyard to its current size of 60 hectares and his son, Jean-Laurent, has been caring for seven hectares since 2003.