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Small Family estate happily organic
The nice story
Created in 2008, Allegria is the fruit of the friendship between two families: the d’Aboville family and the de la Mota family. The passion and enthusiasm of a young family with 5 children combined with the know- how of the legendary Argentinean winemaker, Roberto de la Mota, creator of “Cheval des Andes” and most recently the Bodega Mendel, known by all fans of Malbec.
Allegria means joy in the local language Occitan!
We want to communicate this joy of life, our happiness, and share the Allegria through our wines, and with all those visiting our estate. We want to share the good vibes « of this hill where life is good”.
This beautiful story of friendship gave the name of our Grande Cuvée, made from our best Syrah plot and produced in exceptional years.
A volcano for terroir
The landmark of our estate, the imposing Baume volcano, lies in the middle of our 12 hectares of vines – and offers a magic diversity of gravel terraces dating from over 2 million years ago combined with black granite and a mix of clay and limestone.
An exceptional soil offering a rare richness to produce wines with a beautiful complexity.
Nine Mediterranean grape varieties make up the mosaic of the estate’s vineyards. Mainly Syrah. Recently we planted the only missing variety needed to obtain silkiness and elegance we are looking for in our blends, Grenache Noir.
We knew little about Mourvèdre but have become passionate about this variety, planted 35 years ago on a large plot, after discovering it’s magnificent peppery notes, it’s length and aging potential.
The heart of our estate is a small plot of 40 years old Carignan Noir : even on dry and hot summers, this vine gives birth every year to sumptuous grapes, crispy at will.
And our most recent discovery, Cinsault, is a love story that has only just begun. Over the years we have worked to extracting the fruit and elegance of this grape and each year we have created an original red wine that just keeps getting better – and vinified without sulphite. Our ambitions are great for this little-known grape variety!
For the whites, we grow 2 sort – both originally from the Rhône Valley: Roussanne and Marsanne. Soon, Grenache Blanc and Carignan Blanc will grace our white blend. We particularly love the freshness and the tension that Carignan Blanc brings to the wine. Another great discovery!
The vineyard has reached a golden age: 17 years for the youngest vines, 40 years for the most revered plots! Our oldest vines are all harvested by hand.
CHEERFUL AND ELEGANT WINES
We favor a slow wine-making process, extracting just enough to preserve the natural fruit and keep the freshness and elegance.
Concrete vats of different sizes are used to accommodate each plot and vinify them separately. Until we get to the blending, we believe this is an important step to maintain the personality of each plot.
The red varieties are fermented in concrete tanks. The thermal inertia of concrete offers a major benefit for soaking following the fermentation where the temperature must reach at least 20°c – and it is also the perfect material to control the temperature during the aging process in summer.
Our rosé and Marsanne are fermented in stainless steel tanks. During fermentation, we perform a delicate «pigeage», by foot, because it is this Burgundian craftsman technic that gives the best results. We don’t add sulfites to most of our wines during winemaking and aging. This allows us to add just a very small amount of sulfite at bottling, realizing an efficient protection effect during transportation and storage.
The « Cinsault Abuelo » is bottled without any sulfites at all which allows us to preserve the natural purity of the fruit.
Why organic ?
What led us to immediately convert to 100% organic the day that we bought in 2008?
For us, it was a decision, and an obvious one, that we had made many years before actually acquiring the vineyard. Our vision is enhance and support the traditional methods of agriculture and reject chemically created pesticides that are toxic to the environment and human health. This is the philosophical reason!
And what can be better than picking and eating the wild leeks and asparagus growing in our vineyards! That is the gourmet reason!
We also appreciated the view of Nicolas, a shepherd in Fontès, who exclaimed « Youʼre going organic! Fantastic! I can bring my sheep to graze in your vineyards during winter because there will be grass again – and good grass! » In a nutshell – life! That is the poetic reason. What is more whimsical than sheep grazing in a vineyard!
And really, we are so happy that our children can gorge themselves on grapes during the harvest without fear of the dangers of chemicals. This is the family reason!
Organic wine is better for our body and our soul – and for the body and soul of our customers! There may be disagreement about the science and proof may not exist but it is our deepest belief.
And this is the most important reason.
JE SAIS COMBIEN IL FAUT, SUR LA COLLINE EN FLAMME, DE PEINE, DE SUEUR ET DE SOLEIL CUISANT POUR ENGENDRER MA VIE ET POUR ME DONNER L’ÂME
“CHARLES BEAUDELAIRE, l’âme du vin”
Create your own wine
FROM THE BLENDING TO THE DESIGN OF THE LABEL, BECOME THE VIGNERON UNDER OUR GUIDANCE AND CREATE A BARREL OF YOUR OWN CUVEE IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
A hillside where life is good
Visit the estate
Come discover the life that what we have discovered -wines to be tasted end enjoyed on the hill where life is good!
We would love to welcome you – do contact us to set a time.
Always dreamed of participating in a harvest?
We organize harvest days, which end with a festive and delicious harvest lunch.
A Winemaker for the day
Over a wonderful lunch, we invite you to share our passion and taste our wines.
Workshop + lunch + winetasting: 49 €
Minimum 10 participants, reservation please.
Once you fall in love with Allegria wines, join the Aficionados club.
You will be able to order your favorite wines at discounted prices and be invited every year for the Allegria days.
Join the club!
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Pourquoi serais-je triste, après tout ? Je vis à mille lieues des brouillards parisiens, sur une colline lumineuse, dans le pays des tambourins et du vin. Autour de chez moi tout n’est que soleil et musique ; le matin, les courlis qui font : « Coureli ! coureli ! » à midi, les cigales, puis les pâtres qui jouent du fifre, et les belles filles brunes qu’on entend rire dans les vignes…
“Alfonse Daudet, lettres de mon moulin“
Ghislain, Delphine et la tribu d’A
La famille d'Aboville
Fontarêche 34720 Caux
N 43° 31′ 48
E 3° 21′ 37