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Condrieu, Northern Rhône, France

Georges Vernay

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Coteau du Vernon Vineyard

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

About Georges Vernay

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.

The winery’s respect for Nature is apparent in its 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 Côte-Rôtie, and 1.5 hectares in Saint-Joseph. 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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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


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