The history of a wine estate producing quality wines, in the local area of the Canal du Midi in Minervois (Department of Aude, 11), in the region of Languedoc Roussillon (South of France)
HISTORY OF THE ESTATE:
In 1987, we bought our first vineyard, an old Carignan of about 50 years, in the commune of Sallèles-d’Aude.
In 2001, we proceeded with the acquisition of Domaine de l’Herbe Sainte and with the development of our first vintage. Today our vineyard covers an area of 61 ha of vines and 20 ha of land for cepage regrowing.
December 2005 is a year of great event for us, thanks to the purchase of the house at the Domaine de l’Herbe Sainte, the property is finally complete.
Since 2008, we are a member of “France Passion” and welcome camping car members, depending on the space available.
March 2012, expansion of the winery and the storage of 670m ².
July 2013, start of oenotourism development, renovation of buildings for the construction of a group reception room, a tasting room and cottages.
Domaine de l’Herbe Sainte is geographically located on two communes, Mirepeïsset and Sallèles d’Aude, Herbe Sainte is cadastral name, a common name of plants with medicinal properties
Domaine de l’Herbe Sainte is located on two communes, Mirepeïsset and Sallèles-d’Aude Languedoc Roussillon (sunnyregion), 18km north of Narbonne (Aude department). Mirepeïsset, a name formed from the verb mirar, “to look, to contemplate, to admire” and peïsset “small fish”, possibly alluding to the nearby rivers (Hers, Cesse). Sallèles-d’Aude, this name comes from the Frankich saal, who became in old Occitan sala, meaning “fortified residence”.
Herbe Sainte originates from “Herbo Santo”, which means in Occitan, the whole lot of aromatic plants (Santolina, Thyme, Rosemary,etc.). These are plants that can be found by searching the scrubland.
Herbe Sainte is one of the names which means plants of the wormwood variety (Artémisia in Latin). They may have medicinal properties. By extension “Artémisia” means good health.
“Artémisia” have always been used as a therapeutic plant. Artemisia absinthium (worwwood or absinthe officinale) and Artemisia pontica (Pontic wormwood). Other “Artémisia” vulgaris (common wormwood, St. Jhon herb) Drancunculus (tarragon) arbonatum (lemongrass) annua (Chinese wormwood), campestris (field wormwood) camphorata (camphor), lactiflora, etc.
Herbe Sainte is one of the names given over the centuries to the Arnica (Arnica Montana), because of its rapid almost miraculous action.
The Greuzard Family, Independent Wine Growers, cultivates its vineyards in full awareness of the environment to produce quality and healthy grapes, which when vinified give a convivial character to the wine.
A Rational Cultivation :
On our vineyard, we have implemented a respectful and consistent wine production. This involves the implementation of stringent specifications that favour the integration of our mode of culture in the environment.
This direction, economically viable, take into account consumer expectations and results in high quality products.
The vineyard is followed by an outside technician who ensures compliance with our obligations and ensures improved traceability. Our goal is to ensure quality production.
We strive to focus on methods and practices that limit parasite risks, maintain a high biological diversity of the vineyard’s ecosystem and its surroundings, but also to reduce pollution of water, soil and air.
As Independent Wine Growers, Domaine de l’Herbe Sainte, after bottling its production, markets its wines directly at the property, on sales fairs to individuals and export its “Savoir Faire” and “The French Art of Living”.
TASTING AND SALES OF WINES AT THE ESTATE:
Selling at the estate from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm;
Sunday by appointment.
Office open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 12 pm and from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Our wines are exported to Europe (Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom and Denmark) and wider exportation to (Switzerland, Japan, Singapour, Canada and USA)