Focus on Ludivine Griveau, manager of the Domaine des Hospices de Beaune
Why did you choose to make wine, become an Engineer and oenologist ?
“I think it was the work of the vines that chose me. There was actually nothing that predestined me to do this. I did scientific studies, my family is not from the wine sector and has no particular connection with wine except the passion for the very good gastronomic and good wines. I have been with this for a long time but not in the technical part, nor in production. I came to the trades of the vine and the wine in the course of my studies and experiences. It is a product of circumstance, as I do not think much happens at random, I am obliged to admit that my path of study was there. After a scientific baccalauréat I studied agro-food and then agronomy, followed by studies of sensory evaluations and oenology to finish my first work in a vineyard. In the end the passion came to me little by little ...”
Why did you choose to make wine in Burgundy and not in another region?
“Because I am Burgundian even if I like and also drink wines from everywhere. I am not at all locked up in a wine style, in a region but working with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is what I know how to do and what I like to do. I grew up here, with these two varieties, the wines of Burgundy are my roots.”
If you had to summarize your passion for wine in 3 or 4 words what would you say?
“I would say: pleasure, sharing and rigor. One must be hyper rigorous because as in all areas to make beautiful things, beautiful wines it is mandatory to be very rigorous. And then to finish I would say that wine is the product of a lot of work in the vineyard ! ”