Where do we come from? How old is the culture of our vineyard and the vinification? From the time of "the Osiris Egyptian", Dionysos the Greek (the greek god of wine), Bacchus the Roman, and our old Sucellus for Silvanus from Gaul (ancient France), we know that our wine culture comes from the most ancient times, back to and including Uruk and Sumer. In our region burnt seeds from wild vine were found that date back to 10000 years!
Some of the wild vines (The Lambrusques) lasted to the 16th century, particularly in Camargue (port of the red sea in line with the Rhone Valley) where they could grow to 10 metres high along the trunk of oaks and poplars in the form of creepers.
With global warmings the Lambrusques were found around the Mediteranean (Spain, Italy, Maghreb shores, and in the middle east) and between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (Armenie, Azerbaidjan).
The lambrusques grow well in humid climates whereas cultivated vine (vitis vinifera sativa) prefers dry climate. Also the fruits of lumbrusque are thought to be too small and too acid for making wine.
We can distinguish three periods since the Bronze age in Gaul to find the origin of vine for vinification. The time before the Greeks arrival in Marseille 600 BC. The time of Greek influence between 600 to 300 BC The time of the roman influence from 200 BC
Here, wine making tradition is not counted in generations but in centuries.
Climate and flora similarities between the south and the Mediterranean world Trade and cultural exchanges thanks to the Mediterrean sea roads, Gallo-roman civilisation which lasted for six centuries all contributed to make our region a homeland for wine.
The vegetal cycle of vine is undoubtedly the same as in the past (budburst, blossoming, change of colour of the grape berries, maturity, dormant buds and trimming). Plant varieties evolve and improve like technology. Vinification is much more supervised these days, and despite our ancient instincts, wine making technics have become more and more accurate.
So where do we come from? There is another evolution : The one of markets. At the time of mondialisation and with the influence of the internet, winemakers now can approach their clients with the necessary tools of global communication. For just with one click you can be viewing the wine makers range of wines.