Our story started in 1953, when my great grandfather discovered the “Escaravailles”. At the time, he was working for a substantial Maison in Gigondas as a wine broker. When he first came across the ruined farmhouse, it was without electricity, water or vineyards: it was love at first sight. Located on the heights of the Appellation Rasteau, overlooking the valley and facing the Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail. He saw enormous potential there and finally sold his old car and borrowed money to buy this piece of paradise.
IS THE OCCITAN WORD
This nickname was given by the inhabitants of Rasteau to the Black Penitents, monks of Avignon, who owned the farm in the XVIIth century.
Daniel & Jean-Pierre FERRAN
For a decade, my great grand father, along with his two sons: Daniel, my grandfather and Jean-Pierre, my uncle, planted vines dreaming of one day making their own wine. They immediately chose independence by not joining a cooperative cellar. From the first harvest, they vinified their red wine that they sold to Maison de Négoce and they only released bottles of Vin Doux Naturel Rasteau, the essence of our Appellation.
Gilles & Laurence FERRAN
Gilles Ferran, my father, joined the winery in 1986, after graduating with a oenologist diploma from Montpellier. With a clear vision of the style of wine he intended to make and supported by Laurence, my mother, he vinified his first cuvées in 1999, and thus, shaped the identity of the domain. Wines that reflect him: elegant, deep, bright and on the fruit, made for sharing. With the help and goodwill of his lifelong friend, Philippe Cambie, classmate, partner in the Domaine Calendal and above all, amazingly great consultant oenologist of their generation.
“To double happiness, you have to share it!”
As for me, Madeline, playing in the vineyards and in the cellar since my childhood and after several experiences in France and abroad, I naturally decided to join my parents, Laurence and Gilles, in 2018. Therefore ensuring the continuity of the family estate. It is my turn to observe, learn, try and write the rest of the story by bringing my vision of wine to life. Thanks to the help of our motivated team: Abdel, Andrès, Camille, Clémence, Hafid, Joël, Kévin, Marie, Maxime, Philippe, Sébastien and all the seasonal workers.