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philosophy

our philosophy

Ampelidae is a pioneer of organic winemaking in the Loire Valley. Our aim is to make excellent wine with an innovative approach, mindful at all times of our impact on the environment around us.

Our philosophy is based on three principles :

respect for our terroir

respect for our terroir

Guided as always by the principles of organic agriculture, we make sure to treat each parcel of vines according to their own specific characteristics (soil, topography, grape variety, existing flora and surrounding environment).

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the purity of our wines

the purity of our wines

Our principal aim from the beginning has been to produce wines that are faithful representation of our work in vines and a natural expression of their grape varieties.   Over the past nearly 30 years, our path has been to explore how to intefere as little as possible in winemaking process, how to innovate whilst at the same time keep up with traditional techniques and how to constantly refine our scientific know-how in order to offer wines that delight wine lovers and those less initiated to traditional or more trendy wines.

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our team spirit

our team spirit

We at Ampelidæ strive to off the best possible conditions for our employees and our partners : transparency, fair remuneration, benevolene, and priority given to local networks who share our same values.

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our organic approach

For us at Ampelidae being organic is as much a work philosophy as a life philosophy. It means consistently seeking to understand our environment, to reduce or repair our impact on nature and to reject the use of all chemicals whose impact is sometimes not known until years to come…. Even if that means being more dependent on the vagaries of the weather!

observation

A team of trained and involved individuals working year-round in the vines a network in place to observe the conditions in the vineyard (butterflies, birds, flora, disease) allows us to better understand our working environment and allows us to target our interventions in the vines.

Working the soil

We believe that each of our different soils and grape varieties need their own process, which pushes us to constantly evolve our convictions and diversify our approach. Hence why some of our soils are partially worked, and others are completely grassed, with naturally occurring flora or seeds sown by us. To be an organic winegrower in the 21st century is above all to be an observant and versatile farmer…

disease control

Further to our choice to not use chemical products, we believe that preventative action is always preferable and less impactful than remedial action. For example, we take pains to de-bud the vines to better distribute the grapes and to remove unwanted shoots from the foot of the vine in order to better let the air circulate around our vines. And if the weather dictates we sometimes need to work on Saturdays or Sundays…