Christine and Georges Vernay
When I create a wine, I do not seek to impress. A great wine must enchant.Christine Vernay
This iconic estate, long known for its splendid Condrieus, can also do brilliant work with red wines. The Condrieu portfolio is superb.Robert Parker
Christine Vernay is at the top of her game and readers looking for the best Condrieu has to offer need look no further.Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
A pioneer in the renewal of the Condrieu appellation, Domaine Georges Vernay has always made wines of unique style, notable for their finesse, elegance and harmony. Three generations have left the mark of the philosophy on the estate, while perpetuating its traditions in the greatest respect for both vines and winegrowers.
Domaine Georges Vernay lies among steep slopes of the northern Rhône Valley. The property has become a major emblem of Rhône Valley winegrowing, from the time when Georges Vernay saved the Condrieu appellation to the international awards earned by Christine Vernay’s Côte-Rôtie.
At Domaine Georges Vernay, the respect for Nature is apparent in the deep understanding of the past and the full knowledge of the traditional techniques used; the writings of many generations are essential in both the vineyard and the winery. Similarly, while striving to constantly improve quality, the grapes are treated using methods that respect both flora and fauna. The incredibly steep vineyards make mechanisation impossible, so the vines are maintained by hand and without use of residual weed killers or insecticides. In the cellar, winemaking is a constant quest for perfection; every year the working methods are reviewed, and every year, for three generations, the estate strives to define each vintage as finely as possible. Ahead of its time and a defender of northern Rhône Valley values, Domaine Georges Vernay has the advantage of a unique microclimate and exceptional soils.
The estate counts 8 hectares of land in the Condrieu appellation, 2.5 hectares in the Côte-Rôtie appellation, and 1.5 hectares in the Saint-Joseph appellation. Wines are made from two grape varieties: Viognier and Syrah.
The quality of Domaine Georges Vernay’s soils and the special climate of the region release the legendary aromatic finesse of these two great grape varieties.
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Condrieu, Northern Rhône, France
Region: Condrieu, Northern Rhône, France
Year Founded: 1953
Name Of Proprietor: Christine Vernay
Name Of Winemaker: Christine Vernay
Offer Schedule: Varies
Cultivated Area: 22 hectares (54 acres)
Topography: Steep terraces
Soil Type: Decomposed granite
Annual Production: ~100,000 bottles
Varieties Cultivated: Viognier, Syrah