Chateau de Minière is passionate and committed in producing high quality wines! Vines have been cultivated in the Val de Loire since Roman times. This activity developed considerably at the end of the 1st millennium under the auspices of the Abbey of Bourgueil, founded by Emma de Blois in 990. Cabernet Franc is believed to have been established in the Libournais region in the South West of France somewhere in the 17th century when Cardinal Richelieu transported cuttings of the vine to the Loire Valley. They were planted at the Abbey of Bourgueil under the care of an abbot named Breton. His name became associated with the grape. The tradition and culture of nurturing and care are reflected in our wines.
The 18 hectares of Cabernet Franc are spread as follow:
• between 90 – 110 years: old vines of 2 hectares
• circa 50 years old: 14 hectares
• less than 20 years: 2 hectares
Full organic wine
The Château de Minière has an organic certification (Ecocert). The organic process implies close monitoring supervision to prevent diseases and the use of natural products. Grass, herbs and weeds are tolerated but controlled. Since 2011 all grapes for the wines of Minière have been harvested manually.
Using healthy soil is not only better for the environment but it also ensures the superior quality and flavour of the final product.
The feminine tradition at Château de Minière
The estate was handed down through a line of women for two centuries ever since Marie-Genevieve d’Espinay married Martial du Soulier in 1767 and brought him the property in her dowry. In 1995, Bertrand and Evelyne de Mascarel acquired Minière from the last descendants of Marie-Geneviève, Margarède and Diane du Soulier. Since 2010, Sigurd and Kathleen Mareels – Van den Berghe became the proud owners of Minière. Kathleen has assumed responsibility for the estate, which now spreads over 15 hectares in three of the seven municipalities of the Bourgueil Appellation: Ingrandes de Touraine, Restigné and Benais. The family has conducted a very careful restoration and further development since acquiring the Château in 2010.