FOUNDED IN 1710
Proud of its royal origins, the traditions of the Château de Gragnos are closely linked to a most noble form of cultivation, the vine. A unique expression of the Grands Vins du Languedoc wines, created from a vineyard in the heart of the prestigious designated production area of Saint-Chinian.
FOR OVER 300 YEARS THE CHATEAU DE GRAGNOS HAS CULTIVATED A WINE-GROWING TRADITION BASED ON THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF EXPERTISE PLACED AT THE SERVICE OF A TRULY EXCEPTIONAL VINEYARD.
Built over the remains of an ancient Roman villa, the history of the Château de Gragnos can be traced back to medieval times. Restructured into its present form in 1710, it originally depended on the Duchy of Toulouse and later became the seat of the Counts of Gragnos. Up to the time of the French Revolution, the estate of the Château de Gragnos considerably expanded its activities, soon adding silk-making to wine production and the cultivation of wheat. The Château de Gragnos became a family property in 1864.
A masterpiece of 18th century architecture, the Château has four main buildings constructed around an officially-protected square courtyard. The entire complex, consisting of a stately home, a private chapel, an old wine storehouse, the winery, tasting rooms and outhouses, has been progressively restored while strictly respecting traditional techniques. Only “Château” of the Saint-Chinian designated zone and with over three centuries of history behind it, the Château de Gragnos epitomizes the spirit of the entire production area.
AN EXCEPTIONAL VINEYARD
At the heart of a fully-conserved estate of over 80 hectares (200 acres), the best 20 hectares (50 acres) are reserved for the vineyard. Planted in the heart of the prestigious Saint-Chinian AOC production zone, the Château de Gragnos vineyard features not only the typical grape varieties of the Grands Vins du Languedoc (Syrah, Grenache and Carignan), but also others including Merlot, Viognier, Muscat and Cinsault. Situated on slightly elevated land facing south south-west, the vineyard enjoys a micro-climate that allows for the more gradual ripening of the grapes so as to give a perfect expression of its aromas and terroir. It is this exceptional setting, combined with the unrivaled quality of the vines themselves, that creates the unique Château de Gragnos style. This is the product of a perfect balance between the power of the Grands Vins du Languedoc and the freshness of more temperate climates.
AN EXCEPTIONAL VINEYARD
The age of the Château’s vines varies between 10 years, in the case of the youngest plants, to over 70 years for the oldest. Each vineyard lot is carefully maintained in keeping with traditional methods, entailing :
• “sensible cultivation” in line with official French standards
• respect for the land
• caring for each vine rootstock by hand
• harmonious matching of vines and soils.