very close to Nature, we have been involved in the Organic farming
certification procedure since 2012.
will be our first organic-certified vintage.
family has made artisan wines for 3 generations in Domaine des
Pradels. We are now growing 16 hectares of vines, on schist slopes,
with south south-east exposure. This stony arid terroir allows only
low yieldings (20 to 40 hl/ha) and produces beautiful wines featuring
concentration, elegance, freshness and silky tannins.
Domaine is located at 300 metres above sea level, perched on a sunny
hill and protected from any outside pollution. The northern wind
often blows here, refreshing the grapes at night and protecting them
from humidity and illnesses. Our vines are planted on schist soils
surrounded by evergreen oaks, strawberry trees, pines, a few
chestnuts, heather, cistus, cade, juniper, thyme and other wild
grapes and our wines enjoy all these perfect conditions to develop
rich attractive bouquets.
varietals are Carignan
noir (old vines), Grenache noir, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Grenache
blanc, Carignan blanc and Roussanne.
vineyards demand careful work by hand : pre-pruning, pruning,
weeding, debudding, suckering, training, harvest.
plough all our vines, which allows to aerate the soil. Ploughing is
also a way of weeding and it allows the scarce rains to penetrate
deeper into the earth.
harvest : the totality of our harvest is manual, for a better
respect of the vine trees and a limited soil compaction, a more
careful selection of the grapes, and a more human and friendly work.
The picking lasts for 3 to 4 weeks depending on the ripeness of the
the harvest comes the winemaking : we vinify all of our wines in
our own cellar, red, white, rosé, AOP Saint Chinian and Vin de Pays.
white and rosé wines are produced from the direct pressing of the
non-fermented fresh grapes through a pneumatic stainless steel press,
which is the modern automated machine offering the best qualitative
decanted and clarified, the grape juice starts its fermentation. We
keep the temperature of the juice below 17°C in order to develop the
fruitiness and roundness of the wines.
the white wine and the rosé, the choice of the varietals blending
takes place during the fermentation.
wine: Grenache blanc, Roussanne
Grenache noir, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvedre
red wines come from our Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan. Once
picked, the grapes are destemmed then each grape variety is vinified
separately in fermentation tanks. The temperatures are carefully
watched and adjusted in order to develop fruitiness and smoothness.
The juices remain in the tanks up to 1 month, depending on the
varietal and the concentration we are looking for on each one of
fermenting, the red grapes are pressed through the pneumatic press.
the vinification starts the wine maturation :
AOP Saint Chinian white and rosé are aged in tanks for 4 to 5 months
before the bottling.
AOP Saint Chinian reds are matured in stainless steel tanks, foudres
(5000-litre French oak casks) or half-muids (French oak barrels)
depending on the grape varietals. The next step is the final blending
of the different varieties in order to create 3 or 4 Cuvées
depending on the vintages.
the wines are bottled on our semi-automatic bottle-filling machine.
The wines are left to age for 6 months to several years in our
temperature-controlled underground cellar. The bottles are labelled
and put into boxes when needed.
hope this short presentation of what we artisan winemakers do day
after day, year after year to offer you the best wines made with our
hands and our hearts. We try to combine as best we can quality,
respect of Nature, ancestral know-how and modern equipment and
understand that we grant a lot of care and our full attention to all
the farming and winemaking tasks.
thank you for your fidelity to our wines. And for the acknowledgement
and support you provide to our work as winemakers.
our wines always bring you pleasure and be part of friendly moments.
et Guilhem Quartironi