Northern Rhone Valley, France
Julie Bott was born in the Northern Rhône Valley and Graeme Bott is from New Zealand. They met in the small village of Ampuis while working for Stephane Ogier, a producer in Côte-Rôtie. Their passion for wine was the motivation behind the decision to create their own wine estate in the Northern Rhône Valley and together they planted Viognier and Syrah vines in the appellations of CONDRIEU, CÔTE-RÔTIE, SAINT-JOSEPH and SEYSSUEL.
Initially Graeme and Julie transformed their own garage into a cellar to make their first three vintages, but have now expanded to a cellar in Ampuis, where their goal is to let the terroir of schist and granite express itself fully in their work. Graeme and Julie produce only micro-volumes of wine and favor quality over quantity.
In 2019, Graeme and Julie were named Winemakers & Terroirs of the Future ("Vignerons et Terroirs d'Avenir") by the AdVini Group, in partnership with the Montpellier SupAgro Foundation. This award includes a monetary investment as well as training sessions with AdVini experts.
Graeme and Julie are fiercely passionate about preserving and honoring the incredible terroir they call home and have made a commitment to growing their grapes using sustainable and organic farming practices.