Domaine Des Grottes
Romaine des Grottes arrived in Beaujolais after finishing his economics studies. He already had a son who wanted to grow in the countryside and had no particular attachment to Paris, where he was he grew up, not even when his grandfather asked him to take care of the management of the family castle of Lacarelle. “In a short time I had two other children and my grandfather proposed me to take some vines from the castle ", he says," I took on the task and following the work of the workers I discovered that I liked working in the vineyards. " Once the job is taken in hand, Romaine traces a path of rather eccentric work. From viticulture to winemaking, his is a "business management" that challenges all rigor and all conventional wisdom. The Domaine des Grottes is located in the village of St Etienne des Ouillieres, south of Brouilly. The vineyards cover an area of approximately 7.5 hectares, all certified by Demeter since 2007, are located in the heart of the Beaujolais-Villages appellation but the wines are downgraded to Vin de France. The vineyards are treated on less possible (Romain does not even use copper), while instead extensive use is made of biodynamic preparations of which many are based on nettle. Due to the very low density of plants (about 4000 plants per hectare) and very low yield (12hl / ha), only a few thousand bottles are produced year.