“When we arrived in 2001, we received a wonderful welcome from the profession. Some winemakers have generously shared their know-how and have strengthened our passion for this activity. We believe that it is now our time to share our knowledge, by opening the doors of our family estate to wine lovers from all over the world.”
Now undergoing major renovation work, our cellars will be completely rebuilt in order to open up to wine tourism and to be able to welcome all wine lovers who would like to meet us. The key word of that project being the welcome, everything is planned so that everyone feel “like at home”. We want to keep our family spirit and will passionately share our passion.
WHY DO WORKS ?
Thanks to several acquisitions of neighbouring plots, the property now covers nearly 23.5 hectares, 21 of which are currently in production. It was necessary to extend our cellar to adapt the production tools to the size of the property and work in a more ergonomic way. We have taken advantage of this work to build future reception areas dedicated to wine tourism.
WHAT IS NEW ?
For this project, several equipments will be renewed.
Two barrel cellars
Our project includes two barrel cellars, one for each year of ageing. The first has a capacity of 432 barrels, and the second 458, making a total capacity of 890 barrels. One of them may be used to complement the trials cellar for the malo-lactic fermentations.
A trials cellar to be at the head of new technologies
In this room we will be able to vinify in twenty 500-litre capacity casks (representing 10% of the total production). Each barrel-place will be equipped with an independent temperature-control system in order to manage the temperatures of these small receptacles with great precision. Designed for working with the technical advances of the future, this experimental area is a tool for the continual improvement in the quality of the estate’s wines. It will allow us to perform different trials, such as testing new types of wine receptacles (large terracotta jars, egg-shaped concrete vats and so on) and new vinification methods.
A vat cellar and its completely new vat room
Our vats has just been replaced with 17 troncoconical stainless steel vats with temperature-control from top to bottom, enabling greater precision in the management of temperatures and offering various extraction options during vinification. With wide walkways built over the tops of the vats, more comfortable working conditions will be enjoyed. And the double walled exterior of the vats will lead to higher efficiency in terms of energy-saving.
A sensory corridor leading through the seasons of the year
Between the two barrel cellars, visitors will make their way towards the vines via a corridor in which they can soak up the contrasting atmospheres of the vineyard according to each season. From birdsong in the spring to the clicking of secateurs in the cold of winter, the accompanying sounds echo the textures and colours of the vegetal ceiling. A universal sensory experience designed to break down the barriers of language, age and disability.
Beautiful reception areas
On the upper floor, the two reception rooms and their adjoining tasting rooms, which are set within the main building and completely built in glass, will look out over the vines. These rooms have been designed to allow visitors to circulate at will, sit down around a large table, stand at a counter or sink lazily down into an armchair. Whether for purposes of receiving wine professionals, private seminars or welcoming the general public, our wish is for everybody to let themselves be guided by the poetry of the place and feel at home.
A panoramic terrace
The rooms on the upper floor will also open out onto a garden with a view over the vines. This space is in harmony with its natural surroundings and invites visitors to chill out and contemplate for a while.
WHEN WILL THIS WORK BE OVER?
The first stone of the new cellars was laid in May 2019 and we should be able to welcome you in the Spring of 2021.
Meanwhile, you can follow the progress of the work in our “Wine tourism” tab, where you can also register to be notified when reservations are opened.
Immerse yourself into the intimacy of Château Fleur Cardinale, in total immersion, and discover our world in 360°.