Domain Milan is not exactly what you would call a young business. Indeed Robert, the grand-father, bought the property in 1956. In 1958, following someone’s sensible advice, he planted a few vineyard plots. A few years later, his hard work did not pay off so he decided to build a new winery. The domain- that has seen no chemicals since 1987- was taken over by Henri, the son, who officially started his winegrowing career in 1988. And the efforts put into the project eventually paid off since the domain’s wines were on display in Lafayette Gourmet’s wine cellar in Paris. After a lot of trial, error and soul-searching, Henri met someone who turned out to play a decisive role in the history of the domain. Claude Bourguigon, a soil microbiologist, not only told him that the place was blessed by nature but also that focusing on the soils and organic farming was indispensable for bringing out the best of terroirs.
Claude Courtois from Le Cailloux du Paradis also shared his deep thoughts with Henri regarding wine, nature, soils and winemaking. Since then Domain Milan has convinced us that “winemaking has nothing to do with technique but rather taking what nature has to offer. The vines give birth to a fruit and no machinery nor any imputs is needed”. In 2007 the domain withdrew from Baux-de-Provence Appellation zone with the aim of making ever more natural wines.with some red and white sulphur-free cuvees. The 16-hectare domain was certified as organic by Qualité France and wines are now made in the most natural style. Since 2011 Henri ‘s childrenThéophile and Emmanuelle have come help their dad and bring fresh blood, youth and new ideas into the domain.