Château d'Hugues

 

A VINEYARD

 “FROM A LAND…. TO THE WINEMAKING”

   

 

The land

Our fifteen hectares of vineyards, stretched across the south slope of “Uchaux Massif” where are mixed pines, oaks and junipers, enjoy sunny weather as a unique microclimate. This geological massif, born during the later Cretaceous period as the fossils found in our vineyards prove it, is made of siliceous and calcareous sandstone, what give the land a specificity that is found in the fineness and the structure of our wines. 

 

 

A reasoned cultivation

 This cultural practice is based on the work of the ground in a manual and mechanical way. Treatments, without residual products, respect the natural balances. Fertilization, by provision of organic matter, is limited to the strict needs of the vine. Moreover, we thin out the leaves and the vine shoots to prevent diseases, and we do “green harvest” to reduce the yields to optimize the quality of our grapes.

 

 

A sustainable agriculture

Crop rotation, which consists of sowing oil-producing plants during several years after pulling out the vine trunks of a plot, lets the soil regenerate naturally. Besides, we follow an environmental program of rehabilitation and plantation of hedges, to shelter wild animals and thus to reconstruct the ecosystems.

 

 

The winemaking

The grapes, manually picked, are sorted out and carried in small boxes to avoid oxidation. In the cellar the grapes are selected again on “sorting table” before being crushed and destemed. Once in vats, a traditional winemaking and a careful maturing follow. From delivery to bottling, the HACCP method lets us control the manufacturing process and the food safety.