Bernard Gripa

France

Based in Mauves, Gripa is one of the old-line domaines in the heart of the original St-Joseph appellation with vines in Mauves and Tournon. The Gripa family have been winemakers here since the 17th century with Bernard commencing bottling of the domaine's own wine in 1974. Bernard is a very thoughtful vigneron, always with an insightful perspective on the local winemaking scene. Now in his seventies, he is happiest when working and is still in charge of ploughing their vineyards. After working in vineyards around the world including a stint with Leeuwin Estate in Margaret River Australia, Bernard's son Fabrice took over the winemaking reins in 1997. Very unusually in the Northern Rhône, the 17.6ha of vineyards owned by Fabrice and Bernard Gripa comprise a majority of white grapes, with 9.05ha of marsanne and roussanne split 4.95ha of St-Péray and 4.10ha St-Joseph, together with 8.55ha of St-Joseph red.

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