Stephanie Rougnon has been making micro-production red wines since 2015. However, her family has been growing vines for more than a century. In fact, the name of her wines come from her great-great-grandfather Blaise Granier, who was born in 1851 into a farming family. Stephanie now works the vineyards, continuing the long-line of winemakers in her family. The village is Sainte-Cécile-les-vignes, near Cairanne and Rasteau, in the Côtes du Rhône appellation.
Stephanie produces delicious reds that follow natural, minimal-intervention practices. Her commitment to small-batch, sustainable winemaking makes her a producer we’re very excited to share with you.
WHAT IS NATURAL WINE?
More a movement than a set of certified winemaking procedures, there are no rigid definitions of natural wine. Natural wines from different producers can be incredibly diverse, ranging in styles and profiles due to the varying production methods. The lack of legislation often frees winemakers to make expressive and interesting wines.
Natural wines are made with as minimal intervention as possible, be it the techniques, additives or everything in between. The goal is to get a wine made with minimal processing, natural yeast and no additional sulfites so that it serves as the best possible expression of the vineyard.
Now, there’s plenty of wriggle room here. Natural winemakers disagree on various practices, including adding some sulphites and filtering the finished wine. They agree on the basics, though: if treated sustainably, the vineyard can produce delicious wines using techniques that have existed for thousands of years. Natural methods can produce truly fantastic, complex wines, and the growing popularity of the movement means there is more choice than ever for the natural wine enthusiast.
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