Domaine de Malaïgue
Who: François Réboul, 8th generation farmer vigneron.
Where: Domaine de Malaïgue is located just outside of Uzès in the Gard department, at the crossroads of the Southern Rhone Valley, Western Provence, and Eastern Languedoc.
Vineyards: ‘We continue to cultivate the lands of the estate with the greatest respect for nature, as has been the priority for generations before. We practice organic farming, certified Ecocert and Nature & Progres. Our vineyard is located on clay-limestone soil with characteristics that allow our vines to express themselves fully. Our work is constantly being questioned, in order to limit disturbances in the soil and plants. With this in mind: we no longer work the earth, we sow plant covers that maintain its different layers and protect it from the weather.
The harvest is done entirely by hand (30 hectares, selection of the most beautiful bunches of grapes, there are no agricultural machines used in the field).”
Cellar: “In the cellar, we pursue the same philosophy that accompanies our work in the field, minimizing the interventions on our wines. We produce an average of 40 to 50 hectoliters per hectare, far from authorized yields, which we believe weaken and strip the plants.”
Fun fact: “We have 20 hectares of cereals (flour, chickpeas, lentils, small spelled, pasta), we also produce olive oil, fruit juice (grapes, carrots, apples, apples/raspberries), organic vinegar and fruit juices … all in Organic Farming. We also have plots of table grapes (Pearl of Csaba, Ora, Cardinal, Ribol, Italia, Centinal …).
We are also part of the Racines network of farms with a pedagogical project to share with school classes. Our role is also in the playful approach and learning for future generations.”