Farming some of the best parcels of Mauves, in the very heart - and the historical birthplace - of the Saint-Joseph appellation, brothers Jean and Pierre Gonon learned their craft from their father, Pierre, who turned direction of the property over to his sons in 1988. The Gonon vineyards are all located in St. Joseph’s granitic heart, the dramatically steep slopes which create what is nearly a mirror image of the fabled hill of Hermitage directly across the Rhône.
Jean and Pierre work their ten historic hectares of vines (syrah, marsanne and roussanne) entirely by hand, plowing by horse on the steep hillsides and keeping yields low through ruthless pruning. They have been farming organically since 2004, with no use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides, and using only natural composts to nurture the soil. They obtained organic certification in 2013.
The brothers’ unwavering adherence to the old ways continues in the cellar, where they ferment traditionally in open, oak vats, with regular punch-downs by foot. The resulting wines – both red and white – are wild and savory, while still capturing the beautiful freshness and delicacy typical of the appellation.