Located at the foothills of the Madeleine Mountains, the 200 hectares of the Côte Roannaise AOP are amongst the original vineyards of the Loire Valley.
On these higher-altitude granitic terroirs (between 400 and 550 m), at the foothill of the Massif Central, Gamay Saint Romain reigns supreme.
This area, the volcanic Loire, also includes Côtes du Forez, Côtes d’Auvergne and Saint Pourçain.
The polycultural family property dates back to the 17th century, and was passed from generation to generation.
When Stéphane Sérol took over in 1996, the domaine totalled 12 hectares. Very attached to the Côte Roannaise, he cleared new plots on the finest hillsides to replant.
With his wife, Carine, they converted the domaine to organic and then to biodynamic viticulture, with the aim of preserving and valorizing the terroirs.
The domaine’s core team comprises 8 people. During the vegetative growing period, up to 15 people work in the vineyards. Harvest is carried out by hand.
Because nearly everything is pre-determined in the vineyard, we’ve chosen organic and biodynamic farming. The goal is to strengthen our vines and preserve our soils by respecting the natural cycles.
This precise farming incorporates only natural products, implemented at the right time. Observation and understanding of our terroirs is essential.