Château de Paraza, a Passion for Winemaking
What started as a romantic dream has turned into a passion and livelihood for the Danglas Family. Annick and Pascal decided to renovate the historic Château de Paraza wine estate in 2005. One of their children has also recently joined the business and brought his own talents to the family estate. The castle has a rich history. In the seventeenth century, the engineer Paul Riquet stayed there when supervising the building of the Canal du Midi. The estate did not always produce wines though. Before winemaking activities began, olive groves as well as sheep farming were the main crops of the estate. Château de Paraza vineyards are contained within Minervois, which boasts some of the oldest vineyards in France.
Sustainability at Château de Paraza
The Romans were the first to plant grapes here centuries ago. Today, sustainable practices are important at Château de Paraza, the control of water consumption is a priority and all packaging is recyclable. They strive to maintain biodiversity by replanting the “garrigue”, the special scrubland of the region. They also use many organic techniques in the vineyard as well as in the winery.
In the Vineyards of Château de Paraza
Château de Paraza grows Grenache Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Mourvèdre and Marselan for their red wines. Marselan is a fairly new and local variety, a crossing between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache created in the 1960s. For their whites, they grow Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. They also produce several excellent rosés. Typically soil types include clay-limestone or clay-pebbles. The family devotes a lot of attention to winemaking details.