Vines & Terroir
-MEET THE WINEMAKER-
Domaine Vintur is an independent wine producer located on the lower slopes of Mont Ventoux, 33 Km from Avignon. When Graham Shore, a British wine-lover who has lived part-time in Provence for sixteen years, bought Domaine Vintur in 2010, it had been under-managed for several years and certain buildings were in need of renovation; what followed can only be described as a labour of love. The combination of Graham’s passion for both wine and Provence, reflected in the quality and level of restoration conducted. The vineyard now boasts a modern purpose-built winery as well as a state of the art boutique and tasting room.
Our resident winemaker, James Wood, has worked in vineyards across France, Germany, South Africa, New Zealand and England. James’s first vintage at Domaine Vintur, the 2012 Blanc Tradition, won a silver medal at the Concours des Vins of Orange. James then went on to outdo himself at the Concours des Vins AOC Ventoux, winning both a gold medal for the 2011 reserve red wine, Le Gentleman, together with the overall Trophy for the 2012 Blanc Tradition. We have had further success at the Concours of the following years, winning a further two gold medals and three silver medals from Ventoux, Paris and Orange.
One of the reasons Graham decided upon Domaine Vintur was the vines. Most of the vines on the 12 ½ hectares of land are 30-50 years old, so fully mature. They therefore have the potential to produce complex wines, with subtle but engaging aromas and flavours. The location is ideal for producing high quality fruit, thanks to a combination of Provençal sunshine, mistral winds and limestone/clay soil. The Southern Rhône has a history of wine making dating back to the ancient Greeks, who brought over and planted the first vines, and the Romans, who expanded the vineyards.
Wine & Events
TERROIR TOUR EXPERIENCE
The name Domaine Vintur comes from a god of the local Gauls, Vintur, who was the god of light and the mountains. Julius Caesar believed Vintur to be the equivalent of Apollo, the god of the sun and music. Given our location, with the sunny Provençal climate and Mont Ventoux so close by, and the fact that some believe “Ventoux” to be derived from Vintur, this name fit seamlessly with Graham’s vision, which thanks to hard work and a seemingly infinite passion is now becoming a reality.
We are beyond fortunate to be living and working in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, and we love sharing it with you. Visit us, taste our wines, enjoy live music around terroir food & wine and share our passion.
For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us, we’d be happy to assist in anyway we can.
The Grapes & Range
- TRADITION WINES -
The Tradition range of red, white and rosé wines come from our mature vines and express the quality of the grapes. The reds show cherry fruit and supple tannins; the whites are fresh and medium bodied; the rosés are dry and light.
- OUR SPECIAL CUVEE "Le Gentleman" -
This wine is the flagship of the Domaine, made from grapes selected from the best and oldest vines. Named in homage to the cyclists who have completed the ascent of Mount Ventoux and to celebrate Bradley Wiggins’ 2012 win Tour de France wine. The natural flavours and tannins of the fruit are enhanced by careful use of aging in French oak barrels.
- OUR LIMITED EDITION-
In years of exceptional quality, we produce two special wines, Cuvée Séléné and Cuvée Bélénos. These wines are made from selected grapes and are aged in French oak barrels to accentuate the depth of flavours and aromas achieved in a special year. Available in numbered limited editions and chosen by some of the top restaurants in our region.
“This is a domaine to keep an eye on.”
- Jeb Dunnuck, Parker, wine advocate, janvier 2015 -
"A very good, full bodied red wine with a great taste... It has a bit of spice and is well balanced. It has ripe, dark fruits and a good balancing of acidity."
- Frost Magazine -
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