Century-Old Vines for a Wine of Today
Château de Minière is a 16th century tufa house surrounded by a historic park and vineyards. For several centuries the vineyard has been managed by women, and since 2010 Belgian Kathleen Van den Berghe and her husband Sigurd have been perpetuating this tradition with their team.
Today, Kathleen strives to respect her soils and the biodiversity present in the vineyard. She and her team work hard to weed between the rows, add organic materials, and work the ground by ploughing under the vines, sowing barley and oats to help loosen the soil and encourage life - all without the use of chemical fertilizers. Blending the past and present, Château de Minière cultivates 18 hectares of vines - including 2 hectares of vines that are over 100 years old.
The vines are ideally spread across the entire terroir covered by the appellation, from the gravel shores along the Loire River to the clay and limestone hills overlooking the valley. This broad range of vine ages and soils allows the production of delicate, fruity wines to be enjoyed young, as well as full-bodied wines with great ageing potential with tannins that become soft and silky over time.
The Château recently obtained their Organic Agriculture certification and focuses on the cultivation of Cabernet Franc, from which Kathleen vinifies into 8 different wines. From full-bodied varietal wines to sophisticated rosés, the wines coming from this estate are hidden gems that should not be missed!
Shop their current vintages here.