Domaine De Villargeau, Producing Fabulous Wines Since 1991
The Domaine de Villargeau was set up in 1991 by the Thibault family on the southwestern side of the Loire Valley. Jean-Francois and Fernand cleared the hillside to plant the vines, and in 2000, their son Marc joined the family business after returning with experience in winemaking and viticulture. The team share the same love and passion for wines and want the satisfaction of their customers. They aim to preserve the natural environment and land while respecting their family history and traditions. The estate also features an 18th-century old barn which one can see on a visit to the winery.
Sustainable and Ecological Viticulture Techniques
The Villargeau estate has around 20 hectares of vineyards, and the soil has a lot of diversity because of the history and the Ligerian depression. The land with Kimmeridgian marl over limestone gives a right balance, freshness and fruity taste to the grapes. The Sauvignon Blanc grape is used to make white wines. Red and rose wines are made using the Pinot Noir and the traditional grape Gamay. The sustainable and ecological viticulture techniques include the systematic pruning and de-budding of vines to control the yield. The key to making quality wines is to work carefully in the vineyards. In the winery, gentle pressing of the grapes is followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. After this, the wines undergo filtration to remove any impurities and are allowed to age on the lees. Their wines are loved by their customers and reflect the qualities of their terroir.