In 1971, at age 23, Marc Kreydenweiss took over the family winery. Among his first innovations were a switch to organic farming and yield reduction through extensive pruning. Most importantly, in 1984, he began focusing on planting specific varietals matched to specificterroirs to capture the truest expression of each grape variety.
Over the years, Marc’s love for the soil grew into a love for the earth, and he began to champion the well-being of the planet and preservation of its natural resources. He found himself drawn to biodynamic viticulture, and the domaine began embracing biodynamic practices in 1989.
By 1990, Marc had converted the estate to 100 percent biodynamic farming, a distinction shared by a small group of wineries worldwide.
With biodynamics, the grapes are organically cultivated, without pesticides or commercial fertilizers, and vineyard work is timed to the cycles of the sun, moon and stars. The vines are pruned very short to control yields and are cleaned of all extra shoots to allow for good aeration and exposure to the sun. Pruning also ensures even spacing of grape bunches on each vine.
A New Venture in the Rhone Valley:
The region of Costières de Nîmes in southern France, with its climate, soil and ancient, rocky vineyards, was the ideal place to satisfy the Kreydenweiss family’s ambition to make red wines and to develop the grape varieties of the Midi. They were particularly interested in one of the region’s oldest varieties, Carignan, but also in Syrah and Grenache.
In 1999, they purchased a 36-acre property in Manduel named Domaine des Perrières. Surrounding the winery, its vineyards are located 31 miles west of Châteauneuf-du- Pape and six miles southeast of Nîmes.
More specifically, the vineyards cover the area between Nîmes and the Petit Rhône, one of the rivers of the delta rim in Camargue, where Languedoc meets the Rhône.
|Style||Full Body, Dry|
|Serving Temperature||16˚C / 61˚F|
|Grape Variety||Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah or Shiraz|
|Wine Closure||Natural Cork|
|Bottle Size||150 cl|