La Grange Saint André

Olivier in his vineyard

Olivier in his vineyard

WINEMAKER

Olivier Pichon

VINEYARD

4 ha, organic

BOTTLES PRODUCED

35,000

COUNTRY, REGION, SUBREGION

France, Languedoc, Gard

Wines

Olivier only started winemaking in 2015 – he was previously working in Lyon as a social worker. A busy family life with his wife and four children means he hasn't had time to go to university; instead he has learned on the job, with help from his friend and fellow vigneron Thierry Forestier.

We met Olivier by chance at a small wine fair in the Languedoc last November, where he was showing some friends a few tank samples of his debut vintage. The wine was clean, juicy and bright so we stayed in touch.

How did the 2018 vintage treat you?
Loads of rain until July. With Thierry's help we were able to fight off the mildew. As a result, we've had a fantastic harvest.

What were the biggest challenges since you started winemaking?
No challenges really as my wife followed me and supported me fully. l' ve also made loads of other winemaker friends. We help each other out a lot, which also saves a loads of time.

What will be next?
In 2020 I am planning on planting some Cinsault, as I had give a parcel back a while ago. I want to then end up with seven to eight hectares in total. I also want to rebuilt my cellar which is really old.