To produce the Picpoul de Pinet “La Serre” Villa Noria, the carefully selected grapes were received into the winery via gravity and immediately pressed to extract the juice. Fermentation took place with natural, wild yeasts present on the grape’s skin, at low temperatures of 14 to 15°C in stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks for five months, with monthly stirring of the lees (known as ‘bâtonnage’ in French) which imparted texture and complexity to the wine.
The vineyard of “La Serre” is located in the AOP appellation of Picpoul de Pinet, between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountainous foothills, surrounded by garrigue. The Piquepoul vines are planted in clay-calcareous soils, which offer cooling, water retention properties to nourish the vines throughout the ripening period. The Mediterranean climate, with its hot, dry summers and relatively mild winters, is an ideal environment in which the vines flourish. It is generally the last parcel of vines to be harvested, which takes place in the cool of the night. The vineyard is certified organic and sustainable practices are employed in the vineyard. The vines are surrounded by hedges, to protect them from pesticide treatments in the neighbouring fields and also to provide a refuge for the wildlife, enhancing biodiversity and creating a balance.
Villa Noria is the story of two wine enthusiasts, Fabien Gross and Cédric Arnaud, who both grew up in viticultural regions-Languedoc and Alsace-surrounded by vineyards and winemaking heritage and is the result of overflowing enthusiasm, ethics and values. The inheritance left to its owners by their winemaking ancestors, was passion and respect for the land. Located a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean Sea, between Pézenas and Montagnac, Villa Noria produces elegant organic wines, in perfect harmony with nature and the terroir. The winemaking is traditional, without chemical additions and only low doses of sulphur are used.