Frédéric and David Giachino family has been doing mix farming for centuries nearby Grésivaudan, leaving the rich land of the plains to cereals, nuts and fruit farming, and the sunny hillsides of Granier piémonts to the vine. In 1988, Frédéric took over 1,5 ha of vines, property of his grandfather Marius Genton. At first he went for classic work methods then gradually turned to sustainable agriculture by working the soils again. As time went by, the domaine gained in quality requirement; terroir authenticity and respect of nature became a priority. In 2006, the turn to organic farming was the completion of a long process. Weedkillers, synthetic chemicals and insecticides were totally banned. That return to the sources and to a type of farming dependant on weather hazards and seasons seduced David, Frédéric’s brother. He joined the farm and was soon followed by Frédéric’s son Clément completing the family story !
These extra hands allowed them to take over Michel Grisard vineyard when he retired - both a pioneer in organic farming in Savoie and a strong supporter of rare or disappeared grape varieties - : 6,5 ha of Mondeuse and Roussette at the bottom of the Granier mountain. Set on glacial moraines, a mountain of which a 500 millions m3 side collapsed in the night of the 24th to the 25th of november 1248, sweeping away 5 villages. The landslide caused a chaotic landscape made of various formations predominantly clay and limestone. Only the vine has been able to colonize that land. The Giachino family enjoys a privileged and almost unique site. And we can enjoy divine wines !