White wines from Luc Massy
Red wines from Luc Massy
from Luc Massy
Leaving the charming village of Epesses on the shore road to the west you will find among the vines on the right a 17th century bourgeois house, the seat of the house of Massy. This includes not only the main building but also the Clos du Roux, an extraordinary walled plot. The Massy family took up residence here in the 19th century and owns 8 hectares comprising the Epesses, Saint-Saphorin and Dézaley appellations. The vines are planted on plots that slope steeply at 30 to 60%, which necessitates a lot of manual work. These terraces, bordered by dry stone walls, make up a remarkable site, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. As early as the 11th and 12th centuries the Benedictine and Cistercian monks recognised the exceptional soil and climatic conditions and the influence of the lake. The cultivation of Chasselas goes back to the 16th century. This grape is incontestably the ambassador of white wines in the canton of Vaud. It has all the qualities needed in a great wine, particularly the ability faithfully to reproduce the tonality of the soil in which it grows. Luc Massy is a winemaker who enjoys a great reputation not only in this region but throughout the country. His Dézaley Chemin de Fer, the estate's signature wine, brings out the best in this variety. The Epesses from the Clos du Roux is exceptional simply because it is the fruit of a plot over which the Massy family has a monopoly. Farming methods that respect the environment, low yields and rigorous sorting along with a cautious approach to fermentation and ageing lead, year after year, to high quality production.
Didier Joris is a legendary figure in the Valais, where the history of wine would be unthinkable without him. He grew up in a farming family that initially concentrated on raising cattle. To this very day, Didier still raves about «his Queens», the Hérens fighting cows. It was only during the 1960s and 1970s that the Joris family began to terrace slopes to plant vines and cultivate vineyards.
The Karthäuserhof - The cradle of world-famous Rieslings, ever since 1335.
The Karthäuserhof is a magical spot. Not just because of its idyllic location but also because it is the eighth oldest winegrowing estate in the world and for centuries the cradle of world-famous Rieslings. It was founded in 1335 by Carthusian monks who received the estate as a gift from Prince-Elector Balduin of Luxembourg and operated it as a winery until secularisation. Since 1811 the Karthäuserhof has been owned by the same family, now in the seventh generation.