Domaine Georges Vernay, founded by Francis Vernay in 1937, is a third-generation, venerable wine producer, located in the heart of Condrieu. The efforts of Francis Vernay were instrumental in the creation of the official Condrieu appellation in 1940. In later years, Francis was succeeded by his son Georges, who played a key role in restricting the geographical boundaries of Condrieu, preserving the character of the appellation and ensuring its future greatness. In 1996, Christine Vernay, Georges’s daughter, took over as winemaker and General Manager of the Estate. Recognized as one of the great winemakers in France, several of her wines have recently been awarded the coveted 100/100 in top wine publications.
Region: Condrieu, Northern Rhône, France
Year Founded: 1937
Proprietors: Christine Vernay and Paul Amsellem
Winemaker: Christine Vernay
Amount of Property Planted: 22ha
Terroir: The estate’s holdings center around the original heart of the appellation on a particular type of granite called biotite. Amsellem claims it is this soil type, coupled with vine age, that sets the best Condrieus apart from other Viogniers. ‘[The soil] gives the effect of salinity in the mouth,’ he says. ‘It’s a good example of minerality.’
Organic/Sustainable/Other Certifications: Terraced vineyards are organically farmed. They are managed without using herbicides, and much of the weeding is done by hand.