Who: Céline Peyre + Alexandre Gressent ; wife + husband, grape farmers, winemakers, and young parents!
Where: The winery is situated in Villeneuve-les-Corbières, tucked between the castles of Cathares and the Meditérannean Sea.
Vineyards: “We straddle the lines between AOP Fitou, IGP Vallée du Paradis and Vin de France. Our vineyards stretch over 14 hectares with altitudes reaching up to 280 m. We are in organic conversion since 2016 and we work as ‘cleanly’ as possible both in the vines and in the cellar. We want our amazing terroir to fully express itself in our wines.”
Cellar: “We use only indigenous yeast in our winemaking and use the bare minimum of sulfites. The name ‘Balansa’ means BALANCED in Occitan, the local dialect, and this is the priority in our winemaking; to produce balanced wines.”
Fun fact: “We are often helped in the vineyard by a young vigneron, our son Léopold, who is 5 years old. His favorite activity is taking a ride on the tractor as soon as he gets home from school!”
*Seeking distribution in the US*