Magician of the Minervois, French winemaker extraordinaire
- Consultant enologist Benjamin Darnault has clients all over the South of France. Which means he gets to cherry-pick the very best grapes the region has to offer!
- When you gave Ben the money he needed to set up on his own, you made his dream come true. Your reward is superb wines from Minervois and beyond at astonishingly reasonable prices.
- With the backing of Angel funding, Ben has been able to invest more, source even better fruit and establish strong relationships with local growers to improve the quality of his delicious wines year-on-year – even paying above-market to support them long-term and guarantee the best grapes possible. And it's made him a bonafide Naked icon!
Map of the Vineyard
Minervois, resting in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, carries 2,000 years of rich winemaking history– and it's where winemakers, according to Benjamin Darnault, have been harvesting grapes "since Roman times– vineyards are part of people's heritage here." While it may seem incredulous, it's not uncommon for vineyards throughout this south of France locale to be over a century old– and it's something Ben doesn't take for granted. "I enjoy making my mark within all of that history and tradition," he explained. "Wine is more than product here– it's culture."
In his own words...
"I would like to introduce myself as a new winemaker for Nakedwines.com. I am the first in our family to be making wine. My dad is an accountant, and the dazzling world of offices and figures didn't seem quite as enticing as getting dirty in the vines!
It was actually my best friend's dad who influenced me in becoming a winemaker. I was always at their place, listening and observing. I liked his lifestyle. I then had the opportunity of working with him in his cellar, Le Terte Roteboeuf, in St Emilion and it went from there.
My time abroad
My career in the wine industry has bought me more than I'd ever expected. I met my wife whilst I was in Australia making wine. We spent two months together during harvest and married 1 year later in Cape Town where we also spent a bit of time. Twelve years later we're now settled in the South of France making wine together... which includes this exciting new project for the Naked Angels!
Thank you Naked Angels!
Working with Angel funding means means I can put all my energy into growing the grapes and not have to worry about buyers pushing down the costs and compromising the quality of my wines... so thank you in advance.
Some of my proudest moments in my career were firstly in 2005 when I had a wine listed in the Top 100 Best Wines in the World by the Wine Spectator. Secondly when I got 95 points from Parker with an Australian wine that I made in 2006. Pretty happy about that... and here's to winning more awards with you support."
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