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. Olivier arrived at the Domaine in 2006 and became managing director and winemaker at La Verrerie. Olivier looked to the future and ensured that we went on producing the very highest quality wines. In 2010, he suggested that the Domaine convert to organic agriculture. Three years later, the first of our organic vintages was made. At the same time, with the creation of Grand Deffand rosé and the design of new bottles, Château la Verrerie was gaining ground overseas.


Valentine Tardieu Vitali took over from Olivier Adnot in 2018. Like him, the Domaine’s former technical director has huge respect for our terroir. She is driven by the desire to ensure it expresses everything it has to offer. Along with all the teams at Château la Verrerie, she tends the vines carefully, ensuring they deliver what she is looking for; she takes care of the vineyard just as she takes care of her own children. In the cellar, this translates into a segmented approach. Her ultimate goal is to highlight the Domaine’s whites and reds, and reveal the full quintessence of Château la Verrerie.


The recognition of Grand Deffand as one of the best Syrah wines in the world is testament to the excellence of our terroir. It is our responsibility to provide it with guidance, listening carefully, watching attentively, and tending with an expert hand. We have to ensure that the family estate, its lands and our know-how are always our first priority. With our heart and soul, and with all our senses attuned.

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