Maison Ventenac is a family affair. Established in 1973 by Alain Maurel and his father, the estate is now in the hands of the third generation. Stéphanie, the eldest of Alain Maurel's three daughters, arrived with her husband, Olivier Ramé in 2010 to take over the estate and revamp its image. Thanks to his extensive training in wine-growing and oenology, Olivier succeeded in combining the old world heritage, passed down by his father-in-law, with the new world spirit.
Now, Maison Ventenac's wines are deliciously irreverant, putting taste before tradition.
Located in the heart of the Cabardès AOC region, the160-hectare vineyard (of which 30 hectares are rented) backs onto the Montagne Noire and enjoys both the Languedoc sun and the cool Atlantic influence all year round. The grape varieties selected can thrive and reach full ripeness while retaining balance and acidity. The soils are crossed by a limestone vein unique to the town of Ventenac, which gives saline and chalky touches to their wines.
Passion and curiosity are driving forces in the winery as the team aim for the best expression of both the grapes and Cabardes' sense of place. As such, ageing takes place in a mixture of stainless steel, concrete, terracotta and oak, depending on the character of the wines.
Maison Ventenac are proud to be organic and sustainable, and are part of 'Terra Vitis', an organisation which protects the environment and helps producers operate sustainably.
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