La Ferme des 7 LUNES
Winemakers: Jean Delobre and Jacques Maurice
Region: Rhône Valley
City: Bogy (07)
Grape varieties : syrah, roussanne, marsanne and gamay
Surface Winery: 6,5 ha
Annual production: 19.000
Certification: organic wine (AB)
The Winery 7 moons farm
Jean Delobre, of the Ferme des 7 Lunes, is a stubborn man. From the family's Winery , which used to send its grapes to the cooperative cellar, he has gradually turned it into a property in his own image, entirely dedicated to biodynamic farming.
Since 1997, the grapes are organically grown, and after having launched an "organic" group at the cooperative cellar, he carries out his biodynamic vinifications alone in 2001. Zero yeast, yields of 35hl/h, daily handling with pumping over and punching down without extensive extractions. The juices, which macerate for about twenty days, are not filtered and ferment in open concrete vats. This technique gives the 6 hectares of Syrah, Roussanne and Marsanne an incomparable depth and softness.
The Ferme des 7 Lunes is a Winery which has gradually refocused on vineyards and then wine. Initially, in the heights of the Ardèche between Vienne and Valence, this farm was intended to be a mixed farming operation. Jean's grandparents worked cereals, orchards, herds and vines. The wine was then a table wine for everyday consumption. In the 1960s, the parents chose the cooperative cellar and the wines with appellations. The culture of wine changed and it is in this context that Jean Delobre in 1984 continued the work of a farmer-viticulturist.
Organic wines from the Ferme des 7 Lunes
In 1997, he created and joined a group of winemaker "bio" at the cooperative cellar. At first 1 hectare, then the whole farm was converted to organic farming and biodynamic viticulture. The trigger, the desire to go further to "make" his wine, came in 2001.
Natural wine making