Château Vénus -For the Love for Winemaking
Château Vénus is the perfect name for this wine estate in the Graves area of the Bordeaux wine region. It describes the love of winemaking, the land and the love between the family that owns it. Even the owners’ name Amart sounds like the French word for love—amour.
The Creation of the Winery
Emmanuelle and Bertrand met when there were students, he was a winemaker and she worked in the wine trade. Bertrand comes from generations of prize-winning winemakers. After several years of obtaining new knowledge and experience in the United States, they returned to France, eager to apply theri knowledge, and have their own winery. They chose this vineyard in the heart of Bordeaux where production was already in a full swing. The quality of the terroir was very important for Emmanuelle and Betrand, it greatly influenced their selection of land as did the popularity of wines from Bordeaux.
The Specific Terroir and its Climatic Conditions
The vineyards of Chateau Venus fall under the Graves appellation. The soil in this region is mostly gravel, along with clay and sand. Winemakers like this as it provides good drainage of the soil. The region has a maritime climate and the forested areas of Gascony give protection from blustery Atlantic Coast weather. The vines are clustered together in one area measuring nine hectares of the winery territory. The main grape they grow is Merlot but there is also Cabernet Sauvignon. That are typical varieties for Bordeaux reds. Therefore, for white wines they grow Sémillon and Sauvignon blanc. However, for the reds the Amarts use two different methods of production. For the Apollo they harvest the grapes by hand, and then put them directly into barrels for 6 months. For the Chateau Venus they use temperature-regulated vats.