A labor of love...for a love lorn Dutchman!
- Joost knows how to preserve the heritage of the Loire region while catering to new world consumers.
- He started out in the '90s, producing 2 barrels a year in an old farmhouse... now, with Villebois, he highlights all the best parts of French whites, 24/7. And he passed the Angel torch to his lead winemaker, Patrice Grasset- who makes the Loire Valley wines you love today!
- Winemaking's a real team effort, Joost says. He's so glad to have had you on part of his!
Years Angel-funded: 2013-18
Map of the Vineyard
Joost de Villebois's Story
"I grew up with wine and wine was very much a part of my household. I decided at a very young age, 18, that I not only wanted to drink wine, but I wanted to make it myself too.
I went on to study at the wine faculty at the University of Bordeaux, where I started to learn the tricks of the trade. My first proper wine business was in 1996, when I bought a farmhouse in the Loire area, and started to make two barrels of wine a year.
Being as green as possible in my vineyards is very important to me. We try and use a very limited number of 'products' in the fields.
We also green harvest in order to optimize the quality of the grapes and minimize production per hectare. Finally, we use a technique called 'effeuillage' the reduction of leaves to increase the sun and light exposure of the grapes.
We have a great team here at Villebois, with Thierry Merlet as our principal winemaker.
My proudest moment as a winemaker? When well known Dutch Wine Journalist (Hubrecht Duijker) spoke of our Sauvignon Blanc as an 'absolute dream of a white wine'.
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