Pascal Arangoïts’ Portrait

«Don’t search the depths of the earth to find riches : nature has placed bigger ones on its surface.» Proverb

 

In our neighbourhood, in the village of Baigorri, there have always been vines. In the past, my grandfather farmed a plot of vines, made his own wine and sold it directly to people.

Then in 1952, a basque wine cooperative was created : The Irouleguy Wine Cellar. He seized the opportunity and was amongst the first members to join.

As for me, I started my career by breeding dairy cows. In the 90s, the milk quotas forced me to develop my business in order to earn a decent living. That was when I took over my grandfather’s vines along with my father’s help. We tripled the area farmed going from 2 to 6 hectares of vines.

But one can’t harvest the fruits of a plantation merely by waving a magic wand. I had to wait between 5 to 6 years before I could live from my vine yard. Whilst I was waiting we farmed tobacco plants for 7 years.

In parallel, I had to acquire the skills and know-how necessary to farm my vines! The Irouleguy Wine Cellar helped me to do a wine grower’s training course for adults in order to perfect my knowledge. Journeys with other wine growers from the wine cellar to Alsatian and Swiss vineyards, enabled my father and I to learn more about vine farming in terraces.

Today I am 48 years old, I farm 6.9 hectares of vines, including 1 hectare of white grape varieties and twenty dairy cows. This set up suits me perfectly!

 

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 | Jean-Marie Crouspeyre | Daniel Ithurburua | Arnaud Youakim | Txomin Arreguy | Jean-Paul Arrossa

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