«Truth is at the bottom of the glass » Proverb
Like in many families from the Basque Country, when I was young, my parents had a small wine plot for their own personal use. However, their main activities were sheep breeding and running a holiday cottage.
When I became an adult, my main wish was to stay on my home soil. So thanks to my father’s help I naturally took over his farm 25 years ago today! I took advantage of it to diversify the commercial activities by planting new vines.
Today I manage 200 dairy sheep, a tourist holiday cottage which can hold up to 46 people in total and 2.10 hectares of vines, split into equal proportions of Tannat and Cabernet Franc (grape varieties). In view of the work load of these three activities, it is not possible to set myself up as a wine grower and have my own wine vintages.
For nearly 20 years as part of the Irouleguy wine cellar, I have tried to contribute differently other than supplying grapes so I participate on the wine committee.
My children aged 22 and 25 years are thinking about their future careers, they may one day take over the family torch...
But for now roll on the harvests! A wonderful moment shared with my family, my friends and occasionally even regular clients from Bordeaux!
Others portraits : Olivier Martin | Pierre Laxague | Ximun Bergouignan | Peio Trounday | Xavier Martin | Jean-Marc Irigaray | Joan Lapeyrade | Jean-François Gorostiague | Christine Iriart | Beñat Eyherabide | 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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