In 2010, after a first harvest in New Zealand where I met Frédéric, Clairmont recruited me for the winemak-ing. I discovered France with delight, its culture, its wines, its gastronomy… macaroons, meringues, caillettes (a speciality of small, smoked meatballs), ravioli, cheeses, fruits of the Rhône Valley…
Far from my family, I was sad at times, but I was made to feel very welcome. Planting my own vineyard was a huge step for me to feel at home here. The history of the domain is firstly a love story with my husband and a love affair with wine. For me it means total involvement.
I love the French language, I adore reading in French. When I first arrived in France, I found myself in the situation where I had to learn lots of new things and that was great!
In Vienna, in Austria, I worked for a top restaurant. I was fascinated by the thickness of the wine list and by the space occupied on it by French wines and all its references. So, I took a training course to become a wine specialist/a sommelière and I wanted to travel to the ends of the earth to learn.
Clairmont is a small, but very welcoming group; the complete opposite of anonymity. Customers who come to our Open Days see us and they can put a face to the wines they like and choose. This changes everything!
I put all my enthusiasm into my vine work, but I am keen to keep time for my other passions: my family, reading, climbing. Being an independent winegrower would not have allowed me to do this, but being a winegrower at Clairmont has done so!