Lidewij Van Wilgen used to work in advertising but in 2002, she changed direction and settled in Béziers not far from Faugères and St Chinian appellation zones. As a woman, a foreigner and a revolutionary, it was quite a challenge for her to be accepted. She was determined to work according to organic principles regarding both viticulture and vinification. To achieve her goals, she had to work twice as hard and from all that, 5 perfectly balanced, racy and good value for money cuvees have emerged. The 14-hectare vineyard is a mix of clay and limestone, flint and fossilized oyster shells. It is terrace-cultivated, well-draining and exposed to strong winds. Spring water provides natural irrigation and only native grape varieties are used like Syrah, Grenache, Alicante and more recently 25 to 90 years old Mourvèdre.
Significant advances have been made: insecticides have been banned since 2006 and the vines are daily examined. In the end this hard work has contributed to producing top quality grapes. Yields are low and not even exceeding 15 hl/ha for Alicante grapes. The varietals are vinified separately resulting in fresh, light wines with lots of character somewhat resembling Lidewig herself whose personality and cheerfulness delight us. She places great hopes on “La Diva” cuvee. The wine, whose maturing is not too present, is also refined, taut and definitely offers unrivalled value for money !