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Vendée Wine Route

Fiefs Vendéen wine growers of Brem – a salty influence

The "Fiefs Vendéens" appellation of Brem covers 80 hectares and is made up of five distinctive coastal vineyards. It extends over the communities of Brem sur Mer, Brétignolles sur Mer, Ile d'Olonne, Olonne sur Mer and Vairé. Their location means that the sea air has a particular influence on the vines, producing dry white wines typified by a hint of iodine. Made from Grolleau Gris and Chenin low vines, these limpid and fresh wines also have a slight apple aroma. The Pinot Noir, Gamay and Cabernet grape varieties provide light rosés and sometimes very strong reds.

Many vineyards are family run estates, some even over 4 generations. Visits to the caves area are possible, their owners are only to happy to show you around and share their precious savoir-faire.

Domaine Saint Nicolas using biodynamie methods since 1993

Patrice Michon created the Domaine Saint Nicolas at Brem sur Mer in the 1960’s, and the family settled down in Ile d’Olonne at the end of the 1970’s. Starting out with practically nothing, among the 100 other wine growers of the town and 300 hectares of vines. Using biodynamie methods since 1993, today the vineyard covers 38 hectares, and is run by Thierry Michon and his son Antoine. They are the last wine growers in the town.

Wine tasting cellar: Les Clous at Ile d'Olonne.

Domaine des Granges, a family affair over four generations

Christian and Delphine Nobiron are the fourth generation of wine producers, having returned to the Domaine des Granges in 2011. Here using their exceptional savoir-faire they created their distinctive wines.  Today they welcome visitors to share in their experiences and passion with visits to their vineyard and cave. Situated not far from Les Sables d’Olonne you can sample some of their fine and delicate creations, that are part of the Vendée wine growing region.

Domaine Lux en Roc, a hallmark of authenticity and quality

Bérengère and Jean-Pierre Richard, passionate winegrowers, will introduce you to their 8 hectares vineyards, cultivated by this Brémoise family for nearly 2 centuries. The main hallmarks of the Domaine Lux en Roc are: authenticity, flavour, quality, sharing and simplicity.

Domaine L’Orée du Sabia between the forest and salt marshes

L'Orée du Sabia estate nestles between the forest, salt marshes and a protected natural area. The estate’s owner Bastien Mousset wanted to develop his vineyard respecting biodynamie methods.

Domaine Eric Sage, an organic vineyard for wines of character

Overlooking Brem sur Mer, the Domaine Éric Sage is located in a preserved natural environment. Éric Sage has favoured organic farming for his vineyard and to have natural vinification in order to obtain wines with personality and character.