When did you realise that winemaking was for you? It was fate; there was no way we could refuse my father-in-law’s offer to take over the Château Gravas estate. This property in the Sauternes appellation has been in the family for five generations… and yet, when I was younger I had a desire to travel, so I studied international commerce. My love for the vine and this opportunity won me over in the end. Finding myself alone among the nature, feeling the first auspices of spring and smelling the vines in bloom are the sort of thing that make every day a joy here.
You famously convey this happiness to your visitors…
When coming here, visitors appreciate our good humour and our pas- sion. Walking through the vines, I explain the evolution of these plants before showing them on a screen what daily life is like on our estate. Next, I talk them through the process of vinification, after which we finish by tasting around 4 or 5 different wines.
What is your attachment to art?
We organise regular events to display the work of sculptors, painters and musicians. For seven years now, visitors have been able to admire a permanent art exhibition that displays paintings and sculptures by the famous contemporary artist Paul Flickinger. They are a firework of colour and technique. This year, the exhibition is themed around opening up to the world: a notion that unites us all.
Located in the midst of the Sauternes Grands Crus Classés, Château Gravas is a family-owned property that has been run by Florence Bernard and her husband Michel for almost twenty years. The couple share their passion for wine and art with their visitors all year round.