Clairmont saved me as a winegrower, because I found everything here to progress in my work: open-mindedness, advice, support and a lot of friendship.
In my opinion, being small is a force, because nobody can escape from the vitality of the group. The elders have experience, the young people have energy, but things never go every which way. Our group is consci-entious and disciplined, so we make headway.
I never even thought about doing anything else. Nature appealed to me so much that when I was ten years old I spent all my time outdoors. I wandered across the fields with my father. I was barely 18 years old when he asked me to take care of the land and the staff. It was hard even so, because I was still just a kid then!
Hard frost one year in every four, hail every other year… It was hard, so the best thing to do was think. In 1985, I said to myself: “Change your methods or change profession.” So, I reviewed everything in the vine-yard, working relentlessly, because there is no time-out, every season counts.
A chef fascinated by bees has put some hives in my vineyard. Why would he choose this place if I was poi-soning his bees? He trusts me. I protect the ecosystem. When I walk around in my vineyard, I feel the pride of doing things well.