« Choose a job that you like and you won’t have to work a day of your life. » Confucius
From generation to generation, my family have always raised dairy sheep.
My father handed me his agricultural farm with 13 hectares of prairies in my home village St Etienne de Baïgorry and a hundred dairy sheep. But to be completely honest with you, from a young age, I hated milking. I promised myself to manage to make a living one day without milking sheep.
1995 marked a turning point in my life. I realised that viticulture was more profitable than raising sheep. I took the risk of abandoning dairy sheep to join with my friends to make an Agricultural Land Association, to plant vines in Irouleguy and become part of the Irouleguy wine cellar cooperative.
It was a real challenge and I quickly found a new passion!
It is with this momentum that 5 years later, in 2000, I increased my planted surfaces. Today at the age of 54, I farm just under 3 planted hectares of red grape varieties : tannat, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. At the same time, inspite of having left dairy sheep raising, I rear 160 ewes, but for meat this time.
Faced with a shortage of AOC whites, I plan to plant a hectare of white grape varieties. My son is 11 years old today. He is keen on helping me from time to time and he is already talking about taking over later...
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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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