The ancient Savoyard commune of Cruet is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but is also recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Here, Julien Viana organically cultivates not only vines, but also corn, wheat, buckwheat and sunflowers, to pursue the path of polyculture while making minimal intervention wine.
"I don’t want to wait 10 or 15 years to drink a wine. That’s not my personal philosophy."
People: Julien Viana
Place: Cruet, Savoie, France
Varieties: Mondeuse, Pinot Noir and Gamay for the reds, and Altesse (also known as Roussette de Savoie), Jacquère, Chardonnay and Malvasia for the whites
Hectares: 5 hectares for the vines, and 50 hectares for grains and sunflowers
Wines: Click here
Did You Know? Julien worked at a local domaine in the Savoie, and then at the organic Château de Marrans in Beaujolais, where he was introduced to a more natural style of winemaking.
“For me, wine began as a passion – I made some microvinifications to learn more, and just because I loved the process of turning fruit juice into wine.”
Then, partly through tasting with other winemakers and listening to their methods, and from carrying out his own trials, he’s developed several cuvées over the years. He muses,