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Maison M Chapoutier extends into Provence with new acquisition

Published:  22 January, 2016

Leading Rhône winery Maison M. Chapoutier has announced its acquisition of the Château des Ferrages vineyard in Provence for an undisclosed sum.

Château des Ferrages is a 28-hectare estate in Pourcieux, close to Aix en Provence, in the Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire appellation.

It is best known for its range of high-quality rosé wines, which account for around 90% of its annual production.

Chapoutier was attracted to the area by the limestone of Mont Aurélien, which adds a new and distinct terroir to its current portfolio of estates.

Chapoutier is one of the leading biodynamic producers in the Rhône, and Château des Ferrages will be slowly converted to biodynamic principles.

The winery at Château des Ferrages is currently running at less than half its potential capacity, producing some 1,400 hectolitres annually out of a possible 3,500 hectolitres, and Chapoutier has plans to develop both the estate and its wines.

Château des Ferrages will retain its own identity, but Chapoutier intends to begin joint wine-tastings in its cellars.

Château des Ferrages has been in the Garcia family for three generations.

Outside the Rhône, Chapoutier already has holdings in Roussillon, which it acquired in 2001, and the Alsace, as well as Portugal and Australia.