« When you drink wine, think of the earth. » Oriental proverb
Over 30 years ago my parents planted the majority of the vines that I manage today,8.5 hectares of Tannat, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Gros Manseng. Then they gradually increased the surfaces before passing the torch 8 years ago (now).
Born into the agricultural field from a young age, taking over the vineyard of my parents seemed an obvious choice to me. Thus after having obtained a vocational diploma in livestock breeding, I continued my studies in Bordeaux and obtained a professional Baccalauréat in Viticulture and Oenology.
On the 1st of March 2016 my wife and I created a organisation in order to transform the milk from our 200 black-headed sheep to make cheese.
Contrary to common belief, taking care of the vines takes up as much time as taking care of my ewes. That is why I enlist the help of an employee all year round.
Nowadays I am one of the rare members of the Irouleguy wine cellar to only have exclusively terraced vines.
My future plans? To start with to replant the Cabernet Sauvignon vines which are starting to age... In the long term, I hope that my two daughters only 4 and 5 years old, will take over the torch and will one day make their own wine.
For 7 years now, I have been involved in the Irouleguy wine cellar on the board of directors.
Others portraits : Olivier Martin | Pierre Laxague | Ximun Bergouignan | Peio Trounday | Xavier Martin | Jean-Marc Irigaray | Joan Lapeyrade | Jean-François Gorostiague | Christine Iriart | Maite Lucu | Mikel San Miguel | Pascal Bidart | Pantxo Indart | Ramuntxo Cherbero | Jean-Michel Iribarne | Daniel Dupuy | Pascal Arangoïts | Jean-Marie Crouspeyre | Daniel Ithurburua | Arnaud Youakim | Txomin Arreguy | Jean-Paul Arrossa
The wines from the Cellar are the fruit of the work and the values from which the wine growers and the members of the cooperative personally identify themselves.
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