The Château de la Terrière has stood in Cercié since the 14th century, in the heart of the Beaujolais region. It is one of the oldest estates in the region.
After belonging to successive generations of lords, Château de la Terrière was bought in 2003 and important works have been done in the cellars and in the vineyards.
The vines at Château de la Terrière are on average 50 years old. They grow south-facing, half-way up the side of a deep, dry pink granite hill for Brouilly and Régnié, on manganese and iron oxyd-rich soils for Moulin-à-Vent and well-drained sandy soils for Fleurie.
The vines are grown according to reasonable farming methods. The soils are worked with machines, with as little intervention as possible. Basically, everything is done precisely and accurately, to enhance the expression of the soils and respect the vines.
The approach is traditional with the harvests done by hand. The bunches are put in trays to avoid squashing and to make sorting the grapes far easier.
Recently, sowing of clover was realized on the cover planted plots of land to limit the weeding, restructure the ground and fix the atmospheric nitrogen.
Grégory Barbet, today managing of the castle, is the 9th generation of wine growers’ family. He is also one of the owner of the Domain of Pirolette with his wife Virginie.
Contact : Château de la Terrière, Frédéric Maignet 69220 Cercié
Dedicated website : chateaudelaterriere.fr/en
The plot of La Tour Bourdon holds a surprising pyramid of sandstone blocks, and is as well one of the remarkable “Géosites” of Beaujolais. The pedological formation geography of the Tour Bourdon, which recovers the granitic base, is indeed constituted by clays in which are included big blocks of round and dulled sandstone rocks.