We are a small collective of organic winemakers who use traditional practices, experiment, and permaculture, to produce accessible quality wines.
We are based in Banyuls Sur Mer, the heart of the appellation Banyuls-Collioure, and work principally with old vines located on terraces with beautiful rock walls which overlook the Mediterranean. We have adopted a number of forgotten and mismanaged vineyards, as we are committed to the conservation and development of this unique and endangered landscape.
We are a not for profit enterprise, with equal pay for all members. All profits are reinvested into the enterprise to promote our conservation projects.
We welcome and promote cultural difference, are feminist, anti-racist and, of course, anti-fascist.
We make wines which are typically called “natural”, with a minimum of sulphite added. We add nothing else. We make wine with the maximum respect for nature, as we limit excessively the use of sulphur and copper in the production of our grapes, work on a low energy, no waste paradigm, and use traditional technologies (pressing with our feet and an old manual press) to make wine almost unique in its simplicity and honesty.
Wines made from old vines are richer and more complex.
After three relatively short years we are now officially certified bio (2014 vintage), even though the majority of our vineyards have been free from weed killer and other chemical products for 4-5 years.
Why an Anonymous Collective?
You only have to glance at any wine magazine to find that the most common discourse in viticulture when speaking about wine production is the one man, or one woman, with a vision story….
This 1-D story which commonly emphasises the passion, creativity, vision, attention to detail, superhuman capacity, and often genius of the owner or winemaker is simply a myth. While we do not deny that individuals do contribute, sometimes very much, to the production of a bottle of wine, we would like to draw attention to the fact that wine, like any product, is produced socially, and is never the issue of a single individual.
We make wine together collectively, and together we realise that we, in turn, have a relationship with our plants and the environment.
We choose to remain anonymous to emphasise this necessarily social nature of wine production, and to prevent hierarchies developing within our group which would lead to inequalities.
We are all equal in this collective and the wine speaks for us.
P.S Most of us are big Stereolab fans too 🙂