Nicole (southern french winemaker) met John (Kentucky boy in Paris) in 1994 and convinced him that the white limestone gravel of Saint Jean de Minervois was the most beautiful field of rocks in the world. John was working and traveling (over 50 countries at that time) to see and to find something to write about. Nicole was looking for the perfect terroir. Nicole got John to drive her old tractors. Nicole dances; John sings. We work together to work 9 hectares of 15 different grape varieties and make them into 13 (last count) different delicious wines. In 15 years, we've helped change the way the world thinks about old grapes like Carignan and Terret Bourrette. It's all organic. We do it ourselves, because that's the best way to do it well. The old village café was renovated in the same spirit--simple, fresh and charming. To see some pictures, check out closdugravillas on the web !