Aurélien and Charlotte HOUILLON
Winemakers: Aurélien and Charlotte Houillon
Region: Rhône Valley
Grape varieties : grenache, syrah and cinsault
Surface area Winery: 9 ha
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Aurélien Houillon is originally from Franche-Comté. He met Pierre Overnoy during his childhood and learned the trade of winemaker at his side. He settles as an associate of Maison Pierre Over noy in Pupillin in the Jura. It is the period of the association of the Houillon family in the GAEC Houillon (Manu, Aurélien and Adeline) to exploit the vines of Pierre (Overnoy). The small surface area and low yields did not allow the association to exist for very long.
In 2007-2008, Aurélien leaves for Switzerland and converts a Winery to biodynamic viticulture and thus extends its experience in natural wines to new grape varieties.
In 2016, Aurélien and Charlotte settle at the foot of Mont Ventoux, in Faucon (Vaucluse), more precisely at the place called La Roche Coucourde, a rocky formation in safre, which gives its particularity to the terroir and the wines of Winery. The Winery extends from a salt holding over 9ha (vines, woods and moors). It is run in organic farming. The soils are worked mechanically, without the use of pesticides, and are enriched by the fertilizer provided by their two companions, Victoire and Castor (horse and donkey).
In the winery, Aurélien applies Jules Chauvet's vinification method. He does not use any oenological inputs (yeast, glue, sulphur) and respects his raw material (no filtration, work by gravity), in order to leave the wines with all their aromatic expression and ageing potential. The wines produced at Winery Houillon respect the specifications of the Côtes du Rhône appellation and are natural wines in the strictest sense of the term.
For her part, Charlotte Houillon (née Touati) is a specialist in ancient manuscripts. Her research led her to spend long periods in China and Ethiopia, where she learned the traditional methods of making paper from plants, as well as the art of natural pigments. In 2015, she left her university position and became a service provider in animal traction.
The bottles of Winery Houillon are labelled by hand with vine shoot paper made on site. The first vintage is 2017! To this, it should be added that the Winery has 2 guest rooms in a beautiful renovated farmhouse... the visit is worth the detour! [/span][/row]