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The region of Languedoc Roussillon is the largest producer of organic wines in France. The climatic conditions are very favorable, we have the most sunshine in France and some 220 days of wind: the Cers and the Tramontane, the grapes are naturally protected from illnesses. In France the surface area of organic vineyards is 62 000ha of which 30 000 ha are in Languedoc Roussillon. Spain, France and Italy, form the world’s biggest trio of organic wine producers.
Our “Organic” history
Our “organic” history started 35 years ago under the inspiration of my father, Jean Vialade. In 1980, Jean Vialade was president of the cooperative of Ribaute and administrator of the Château of Pech-Latt it was at this time that he initiated the organic reconversion of the 2 vineyards. Being from an Occitan culture and a visionary of his era, Jean is close to the European green movement and he has woven tight economic relations with them. It is under the friendly and dynamic influence of the German ecologists that he has boosted the organic approach at a time when organic specifications didn’t exist and governing organisations like the powerful INAO tried to ignore the gathering of momentum of this new type of consummation. Ribaute became the first cooperative 100% organic. In 1995, when the next generation took over, the children, Eric and Claude opted for vinification in a private winery, the cellar is situated in the village of Ribaute. The Domaine Montmija vineyard comprises 27ha of vines which extend over the valley of Orbieu from Lagrasse to Fabrezan.
The Domaine comes under AOC Corbières and is certified by “Qualité-France”.
In 1999, under the influence of Claude Vialade, Montmija was integrated into the Domaines Auriol. Since 2010, Montmija is the flagship of the organic wine collection of our enterprise.
Montmija, a family signature
Cobières Monmija signature, is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, which comes partly from our vineyards and partly from exploitations of grapes issued from parcels of other organic winesgrowers that respect the vinification protocols initiated by the Domaines Auriol. Montmija-La-Chapelle presents a pallet of cepages: Syrah rosé and red, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Bistro de Montmija marks of the cuvees of “pleasure”, nicely natural.
The influence of Domaines Auriol on organic viticulture
We vinify between 7 500 and 10 000hls of organic wine. The vinifications are done by the winegrowers, according to our vinification protocols. The Domaines Auriol have initiated the reconversion to organic viticulture of over 200 hectares of vineyards. Our produce is bottled in the region of production. Forerunner for 35 years, since 2010 we are the national leader in organic wines conditioned in bottles and bag in boxes.