As pioneers amongst pioneers, we have always strived to get the very best from this land, at a time thirty-five years ago when there were but a handful of winemaking artisans in the Luberon. My grandfather Jean-Louis Descours fell in love with this distinctive terroir in 1981. At the time, there were just twenty or so hectares under vine, and they were tended by a local producer.


For our family, it was about returning to this peaceful and remote environment among the hills, where Provençal art de vivre was not yet a cliché, a snapshot on a tourist postcard. The scattering of vineyards among the olive groves, junipers and holm oak, infused with the golden song of the cicadas was the first chapter in a wonderful story: the production of a very fine red wine.


My father and my grandfather first set about building a winery, helped along by Jean-Jacques Coll, a traditional artisan and talented winemaker with firm winemaking convictions. They then planted vineyards to double the existing area under vine. Elegant Syrah, brown Grenache, Cinsault, and Carignan, as well as Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Clairette and Viognier, because they all longed to produce a white wine as well.
Jean-Jacques, this incredible winemaker, focused all of his talent on la Verrerie. In 1985, the first wines were made. In 1988, Château la Verrerie received AOC Côtes du Luberon status. In 1989, the prestigious Grand Deffand was made, a prestige cuvee in which Syrah rules supreme. This prestige cuvee won a gold medal during the first edition of the international Syrah du Monde competition to find the very best example of the grape. By producing top-flight wines, Jean-Jacques Coll raised la Verrerie through the ranks of the most prestigious wineries in the Luberon.


Our dear Jacky left us too soon, but not before choosing his successor, the talented Olivier Adnot, who arrived at the Domaine in 2006, and is now managing director and winemaker at La Verrerie. Along with my father and I, Olivier looks to the future without ever disregarding the past, and ensures that we continue creating the very highest quality wines.


In 2010, Olivier suggested that the Domaine convert to organic agriculture. It was a revolution for the Domaine, and instigated with great skill. Three years later, the first of Château la Verrerie's organic vintages was made, in the same location where more than 4,000 years earlier, the wine vats had been carved out of the bright, cool rock.
Meanwhile, Olivier draws on new experiences, taking the expression of our Domaine overseas: the creation of Grand Deffand rosé and the design of new bottles.


The current decade began with an important honour: in 2012, Grand Deffand 2009 vintage won another gold medal in the international Syrah du Monde competition to find the best example of syrahs. The vintage came third in the international top 10 all-time winners in the competition. It beat every other French wine. What an honour for us. And what a responsibility. As we continue to respect our terroir and our know-how, we are duty-bound to ensure the family Domaine gives of its very best. With every ounce of our energy.

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