After a two-year apprenticeship with Claude Rosset, the Agricultural School of Marcelin conferred upon me in 2013 a 'Certificat Fédéral de Capacité’ patent in Viticulture.
This led me to Changins, Switzerland's renowned school for Viticulture & Oenology. But rather than enroll in the Bachelor course to become an Oenologue ('winemaker'), I opted for a combination course in Viticulture & Oenology, leading to a ‘Brevet’.
A course attended mostly by youngsters destined to take over their parents’ wineries, I sat the entire range of exams for the technical disciplines. While at Changins, I occasionally worked with Reynald Parmelin.
Upon taking over our winery at the end of 2014, I opted for a viticulture that is more respectful of the environment. I therefore switched to organic farming - specifically choosing to follow the bio-dynamic principles laid out by Rudolf Steiner and passed on to me by Pierre Masson and Philippe Suardet.
It was Hans Freitag who passed on to me his passion for agriculture. During the 1970s, I was fortunate enough to be able to help him on his farm, with the cattle and in the fields. Freitag sadly passed away in 2015.
The wines I produce are named after my mentors in the agricultural, viticultural and winemaking worlds.