« If you want to go quickly, walk alone, but if you want to go far, lets walk together. » An African Proverb
Established as a wine grower since 2013, I cultivate around 5 hectares of vines with red grape varieties: Tannat, Cabernet franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. All my vines are in St Etienne de Baïgorry and Irouléguy.
These vines were handed over to me from my father and my grandfather who were experienced wine growers themselves.
My grandfather was there from the beginning of the cooperative. He brought in his harvests starting from the 1950’s.
What is unique about my plots? I own 20 ares of old vines that are over 150 years old. Their age always offers us a spectacle: their roots are wide and twisted... as beautiful as a poem. They are «non-grafted» vines. This technique, which is very rare, consists of planting vines without rootstocks.
Alongside this activity, I also rear 200 ewes whose milk goes to a local milk cooperative.
My father, who is still present a great deal, helps me in the vines and taking care of the livestock.
Wine cultivation has always been my plan. My studies followed this path. I used my HND in wine cultivation and oenology to set up my business.
Very committed within the cooperative, I take part in different work committees on subjects such as wine cultivation, wine making and investments.
I am also part of the board of directors. The latter is a regrouping of a handful of wine growers, the president and the senior management. We are the group that make the decisions that enable the Wine cellar to move forward everyday and to continue to support projects for the future.
My input within this council has given me a different vision of The Irouleguy Wine Cellar. Being at the heart of this structure, I have realised the real group dimension that it carries. It is managed by us the wine growers. We make our own decisions and we are masters of our destiny. I now realise all the constraints and all the dimensions to anticipate.
Every decision being collective, that’s what makes us progress.
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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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