Domaine Viret

Alain and Philippe Viret
Quartier les Escoulenches, 26110 Saint Maurice sur Eigues
Tel. +33 475 276 277
Direct sale: All days 9.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00 /


The vineyards of the domain were purchased by the grandfather of Alain Viret in 1917. Since 1973 Alain Viret has been in charge. In 1998 his son Philippe Viret finished his oenological education and joined his father. In 1999 the new cellars were built and the first bottling at the domain took place for vintage 1999.

The viticulture at the domain is a kind of biodynamical farming - they call it cosmoculture.

Quite many cuvées from the different terroirs are made from the 21 ha. belonging to the domain.
The wines go through a longer maceration period than normal in the area.
They are aged for quite a long period in barrels - up to four years.
Some years of rest do these wines good and they have a long keeping potential.


L'Expression du Domain

Cotes du Rhone Village Saint Maurice
2009: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Matures in cement for 2 years.

Cotes du Rhone Village Saint Maurice Blanc La Coudée d'Or
2010: Viognier (dominant), Roussanne, Marsanne and Clairette.

Les Parcellaires

Cotes du Rhone Village Saint Maurice Maréotis
2007: 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. Aged for 3 years in barriques or tank.

Cotes du Rhone Village Saint Maurice Les Colonnades
2008: Grenache (100-years-old vines), Mourvedre and Carignan.
Mourvedre aged for 3 years in barriques.

Cotes du Rhone Village Saint Maurice Émergens
2007: Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. Aged in tank or barriques for 4 years.

Les Vins an amphora, Dolia

VDF Dolia 1 Paradis Rouge
50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Carignan.
Fermentation in amphora or demi-muids.

VDF Dolia 2 Paradis Ambré
30% Muscat petit grains, 20% Boirboulenc, 20% Clairette Rose, 25% Roussanne and 5% Grenache Blanc.

VDF Dolia 3 Terre de Grenache
100% Grenache. Fermented and aged in amphora for a year.

VDF Dolia 4 Passerilé
2010: 100% Grenache. Late harvest.
Fermented and aged in amphora for a year.

VDF Dolia 5 le Temps du Grenache
2011: 100% Grenache. Maceration lasts for a year.

VDF Dolia 6 Terre de Syrah
2013 100% Syrah.

Les inconturnables (Vins de Plaisir)

VDF 100% Bulles
2014: Grenache, Syrah and Counoise (Vin Mousseux)

VDF 100% Bulles Rosé
2014: Grenache, Syrah and Counoise (Vin Mousseux)

2014: 100% Pinot Noir. Short maceration periode. 12% alc. 

VDF Solstice
2014: Mourvèdre, Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Caladoc and Marselan.

VDF Solstice Rosé
2014: Mourvèdre, Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Caladoc and Marselan.

VDF Solstice Blanc Dry
2014: Viognier, Terres Blanc and Vermentino


Philippe Viret

Alain Viret

Christelle and Philippe Viret at a tasting at the terrasse of the domain in July 2015

"By placing cosmic posts and markings, we can capture a powerful and balanced energy, and we can select cosmic rays to address our goal."
This universal philosophy known from the old Inca and Maya civilizations can be seen in the architecture of the buildings of the domain - built in 1999.
The cellar was built of stones from the area around Remoullins the same kind of stones used by the Romans to build Pont du Gard, the famous aqueduct. The single stones were numbered so that they could be placed in the same order as they originally had been when they were cut out of the quarry.

At the top of the cellar the grapes goes into the fermentation tanks. The roof is at the same level as the ground behind the cellar bilding.

Fron the reception the must and grapes are distributed to the fermentation tanks just under the roof - or to other vessels for fermentation

Below the steel tanks you find the cement tanks.The column is situated in the center of the building.
The water coming from a source just below the basement runs constantly upwards out of the column and down at the outside

An amphora is in Latin called a dolia - this term is used for the name of the wines fermented and/or aged in amphoras.

The amphoras at Domaine Viret is made by a potter living in Seguret, Alain Berthéas

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Update 09-09-2015