Domaine des Vigneaux is a third-generation family business located in Valvignères half way between Montélimar and Aubenas, Ardèche. This 13-hectare vineyard is planted with Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon and run by Hélène and Christophe Comte. The domain received AB organic certification in 2001 but has adopted biodynamic methods as early as 2009. The soil is worked lightly, enriched with organic fertilizers and sprayed with plant concoctions, which helps to minimize the use of copper. It also stimulates the vines’ self-defence mechanisms and the microbial life of the soils.
The ultimate goal is to find the right balance and bring out the subtleties of the terroir in each cuvee. Hélène and Christophe have adopted non-interventionist winemaking methods using neither additives nor any sulphur.