Domaine de Terrebrune in the beautiful Loire Valley
Winegrowers recognize the particular characteristics that make the Loire Valley ideal for winegrowing. Among them are Alain Bouleau and Patrice Laurendeau who created the Domaine de Terrebrune in 1986. The Domaine has 48 hectares of vines in the southern part of the valley. Every year the winery and its vineyard produces around 370,000 bottles.
Impressive Wine Offerings at Domaine de Terrebrune
The chief characteristic of the soils is clay, sometimes with shale and sometimes with gravel. A series of medals and recognition in all categories confirms the quality of Domaine de Terrebrune wines. They are all-rounders making rosés, reds, whites, sparkling and sweet wines. However, around 67% of the output are rosés for which they grow Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay and Grolleau vines. Correspondingly, they produce the rosés in three appellations – Rosé d’Anjou, Rosé de Loire and Cabernet d’Anjou. Moreover, they cultivate Chenin blanc vines for white wines, and they grow Chardonnay on 1 hectare for the sparkling wine. Reds represent 19% of output and whites 14%. One-quarter of production goes for export.
Combination of Traditional and Modern Winery Methods
Although they try to continue with traditional methods, they also apply modern practices too. They keep precise computer records of all work they do on the vines. This way the customer can trace the history of their bottle. Sustainability is an important principle at the Domaine de Terrebrune winery. They re-use rainwater and sowed grass between the vines to attract friendly insects. The new winery is close to the vines to save fuel and to preserve harvest quality. Domaine de Terrebrune packages their wines in sustainable materials utilizing agglomerated corks and recycled bottles.