• Soil Type: Clay-Limestone
  • Varieties Cultivated: Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay.
  • Country: France
  • Winemaker: Dominique Tessier and Annie Houët


Brother and sister Dominique Tessier and Annie Houët farm vineyards in AOC Saumur along the banks of the Loire, just south of Saumur outside of the historic village of Le Puy de Notre Dame. Saumur is one of the most progressive appellation areas in France and was the first to call its producers to action in favor of preserving the region’s terroirs. Dominique and Annie are certainly committed and are officially certified in lutte-raisonnée, or sustainable farming practices, by Terra Vitis. In 2004, Annie’s son, Jean-François, joined the domaine, continuing a family tradition that has endured for over two hundred years.