Wine Enthusiast Magazine has featured Château d’Or et de Gueules in the article “Determination and Devotion in the Rhône Valley”.. see the feature below and read the full article here.
“Just weeks after the November harvest, I took a whirlwind journey through the Rhône Valley wine region. Spanning more than 150 miles from north to south, the region is demarcated by the Rhône river, which springs from the Swiss Alps and winds its way through southeastern France toward the Mediterranean Sea. The valley it forms separates the Massif Central from the Alps, and it creates a corridor from Northern Europe to the Mediterranean. It’s a vast wine region with a distinct northern and southern identity, 28 appellations and a diversity of landscapes, grapes and wines.
Diane de Puymorin, owner/founder of Château d’Or et de Gueules in Costières de Nîmes, is one of many dynamic female winemakers and producers in the Rhône. She left a successful business career in Paris in 1989 after she purchased a winery known mostly for bulk production. Her transformation of the estate into a small, organic winery that specializes in high-quality production is illustrative of a growing trend in the region.
When I arrived, de Puymorin is in the midst of olive harvest, her arms elbow deep in tubs of the fruits of her labor. She interrupted her tasks to walk me through the vineyards. She described her 100-year-old Mourvèdre and Carignan vines as “grandmothers” that sputter to produce extremely low yields. The famous mistral winds were so bone-chilling and fierce that I struggle to keep pace with de Puymorin, whose gait is steadfast and brisk.”
Photo by Anna Lee C. Iijima, Article written by ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA