Cider grower: Julien Thurel
Town: Loury (45)
Surface Winery: 19 ha including 2 hectares of low-stemmed pear orchards, 15 hectares of open-air pear and apple trees and 2 hectares devoted to hedgerows and meadow strips.
Certification: Organic (AB) since 2013
We tell you about the Winery
We are in Loury, in the Loiret department, on the edge of the Orléans forest. Julien Thurel is a young enthusiast who, for several years now, has been putting all his energy into the 14 hectares of orchards to take up the challenge of taking ciders and perries out of their traditional consumption.
His commitment is not new, as he started this work philosophy in 2013 in Organic Agriculture. Here, as with his friends(Antoine Marois, Jérôme Forget, Johanna Cécillon, Damien Lemasson, Cyril Zangs, Bixintxo Aphaule...), Julien works with his fruit trees like a winemaker to reveal the terroirs of a vintage. And by carrying out all the operations as naturally as possible, of course:
The Winery is certified in Organic Agriculture France and practices Agroecology: no ploughing of the soil for the establishment of the orchards, late mowing of the meadows under the orchard naturally sown, establishment of diversified hedges composed of melliferous species, enrichment of the humus of the soil, establishment of nesting boxes for cave birds, bats and insects...
More than a Winery, it is a real farm where cider, perry, honey, cydromel and royal jelly are produced.