In 1956, severe frost killed off almost all the olive trees in the region around the small village of Vinsobres, and people turned to viticulture. Valerie Chaume-Arnaud always wanted to be a winegrower, but her mother tried to dissuade her, hoping her daughter would find a more ‘modern’ occupation. Lucky for us, the strong-willed Valerie followed her heart. After studying oenology and viticulture, she took over the 5-hectares of vines belonging to her parents in 1987. With her husband Philippe, they extended the vineyards bit by bit, which today cover 38-hectares.
Once inside the winery at Chaume-Arnaud, one thing visitors will notice is the absence of any wood barrels or vats. Here, all the wines are vinified in tanks. The results are wines that are pure, clean, and without makeup allowing their terroir and varietal to express themselves entirely.
They have been organically farming their vines since 2002. The family moved their vineyards to biodynamic practices between 2004 and 2006, and as a result, they have been certified biodynamic by Demeter since 2009.