« Nature acts and man does it. » Emmanuel Kant
My grandfather farmed 1 hectare of vines. He vinified and commercialized his own wine. Incidentally, he used to go as far as Espelette by bike (about 30 kms away) with wine samples to give to restaurant owners to taste. He was very dedicated !
From 1952, when the Irouleguy Wine Cellar was created, he kept a part of his harvest to vinify his own wine to drink with his family. He entrusted the other part of his harvest to the cooperative.
From a very young age, I went with him to the vineyards. He knew how to transfer his passion to me. I remember harvesting in wicker baskets with him to take them to the wine cellar on a team of oxen. Soon after, I regularly volunteered to help at the wine cellar to vinify the wine.
From the age of 17, I had found my career path: vinification. Thus after obtaining a BTSA (Technical diploma) in Viticulture-Œnology I was hired by the Irouleguy wine cellar. For 32 years, I worked passionately and with enthusiasm as warehouse manager.
In 1995, the Irouleguy Wine Cellar was looking for people to plant vines. With their help, I was able to plant 2 hectares.
My life reached a turning point: to be an employee at the wine cellar and a wine grower took up too much of my time. I had to make a choice, and I chose viticulture. Since that time, I have increased my surfaces with 3 hectares planted on another plot.
The hectare that my grandfather farmed is spread over 3 blocks. One of them, situated on a difficult terrain on a slope, has been replanted by the sales representative of the wine cellar, Sébastien Blastre. The wine cellar must be proud to have a sales representative who knows the realities of the terrain and production!
What is the future for viticulture? I am convinced that within the next 10 years, almost all the plots will be converted to organic farming. Even if that isn’t the case for me, I still try to follow the trends towards more respect to my vines.
Today, at the age of 57, I am thinking more seriously about my estate and I want to be able to grow old with my vines, with a small plot, just for pleasure...
Others portraits : Olivier Martin | Pierre Laxague | Ximun Bergouignan | Peio Trounday | Xavier Martin | Jean-Marc Irigaray | Joan Lapeyrade | Jean-François Gorostiague | Christine Iriart | Beñat Eyherabide | Maite Lucu | Mikel San Miguel | Pascal Bidart | Pantxo Indart | Ramuntxo Cherbero | Jean-Michel Iribarne | Daniel Dupuy | Pascal Arangoïts | 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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