• The Rouvinez Family vineyards

    From Loèche to Martigny, 24 vineyards associated with the best grape varietals

The Vineyards

Permanent innovation is essential in the vineyards, so the Rouvinez family never hesitates to systematically replant their vineyards to find the ideal balance between vines and soil.

Each new plot of land is thoroughly examined for its pedological characteristics and then looked after with great care in order to cultivate excellent grapes. It may sometimes take several years before the vines reach full maturity. Time that the Rouvinez family is willing to wait to obtain best quality grapes.

Each vineyard has its own specific character, its own history and its own soil. This is reflected in the typical traits of the wines produced there.
The Domaine Château Lichten in Loèche ranks among the family’s finest vineyards with its majestic terraces overlooking the Bois de Finges nature reserve. The same applies for the vineyards on the Colline de Géronde in Sierre, in Montibeau, Ravanay and Ardévaz, located in the best positions between Leytron and Chamoson. In Sion, the family owns several gems of land such as the Clos du Château and the Domaine Brûlefer, part of the Domaines Bonvin, as well as a new treasure since 2013: the vineyards of the Domaine de Diolly.

Through its various enterprises, the Rouvinez family owns and cultivates some 120 hectares of the finest vineyards in the Canton of Valais in total, 15 of which are cultivated entirely according to organic standards. It also takes care of 24 privately owned vineyards between Loèche and Martigny focussing on growing the best grape varieties with the greatest care, as part of a long-term collaboration.

1

Chateau Lichten

2

Domaine Darnona

3

Domaine Noble-Contrée

4

Domaine Prafalcon

5

Domaine Colline de Géronde

6

Domaine Maison rouge

7

Domaine Crêta Plan

8

Domaine Ollon

9

Domaine Mangold

10

Domaine Pissiour

11

Domaine Tyné

12

Domaine d’Orgéval

13

Domaine Plan Loggier

14

Domaine Brûlefer

15

Clos du Château

16

Domaine de Diolly

17

Domaine Château Conthey

18

Domaine Bassin / Vétroz

19

Domaine Botza / Vétroz

20

Domaine Ravanay

21

Clos de Montibeux

22

Domaine Ardevaz

23

Domaine La Leyraz

24

Domaine Les Seilles

From Loèche to Sierre

Château Lichten

Location: Coteau de Loèche
Size
: 26 hectares, 10 of which are vines.
Grape varietal
: Cornalin, Petite Arvine, Humagne Rouge, Syrah
Estate
: Rouvinez
Profile
: This domain of light and sandy soil is situated on steep terraces in the middle of small pine and oak woods.

Château Lichten
Darnona

Darnona

Location: Venthône
Size
: 1 hectare
Grape varietal
: Pinot Noir
Estate
: Imesch

Noble-Contrée

Location: Hillside between Sierre and Crans-Montana
Size: 2.2 hectares
Grape varietal: Sauvignon White
Estate: Rouvinez
Profile: The Noble-Contrée domain is located facing some of the higher mountains in the Valais Alps. Its limestone soil is perfectly adapted to the Sauvignon Blanc varietal.

Noble-Contrée
Prafalcon

Prafalcon

Location: Sierre
Size: 2 hectares
Grape varietal: Marsanne (Ermitage)
Estate: Rouvinez
Profile: This domain consisting of warm and rocky soil, benefits from optimal sunshine due to its location.

Colline de Géronde

Location: Sierre
Size: 8 hectares, of which 2.5 hectares are vines.
Grape varietal: Pinot Noir
Estate: Rouvinez
Profile: This is the oldest Rouvinez family vineyard. Géronde is a hill of moraine type soil which is stony and filtering. The roots of these vines can grow downwards to a depth of up to 10 metres. Rouvinez wines can be tasted in the family’s historic cellar located in the heart of the vineyard.

Colline de Géronde
Maison Rouge

Maison Rouge

Location: Sierre
Size: 0.8 hectares
Grape varietal: Petite Arvine
Estate: Imesch

Crêta Plan

Location: Sierre
Size: 0.4 hectares
Grape varietal: Syrah
Estate: Rouvinez
Profile:
This domain, of which the rocks are rich in alluvium and moraine shards, rises up above the centre of the valley.

Crêta Plan

From Chermignon to St-Leonard

Ollon

Ollon

Location: Chermignon
Size: 0.7 hectares
Grape varietal: Muscat Blanc
Estate: Rouvinez
Profile:
Located on the right hand side of the Rhone River, its steep terraces with schistose soil benefits from its very sunny situation.

Mangold

Location: Granges
Size: 0.5 hectares
Grape varietal: Cornalin
Estate: Imesch

Mangold
Pissiour

Pissiour

Location: Granges
Size: 0.5 hectares
Grape varietal: Petite Arvine
Estate: Imesch

Tyné

Location: Grône
Size: 11 hectares
Grape varietal: Merlot
Estate: Rouvinez
Profile:
A torrent runs through this vineyard providing constant humidity. It has light and permeable soil composed of sand and gravel. It has sufficient warmth from the sun despite being situated on the left side of the Rhone. This exposure is extremely favourable to Merlot as it is less hot and the temperature more regular.

Tyné
Orgéval

Orgéval

Location: St Leonard
Size: 0.4 hectares
Grape varietal: Humagne Rouge
Estate: Imesch

Plan Loggier

Location: Saint-Leonard
Size: 4 hectares
Grape varietal: Chasselas, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir
Estate: Bonvin 1858
Profile:
The Plan Loggier vineyard is situated half way up the hillside in the heart of Saint-Leonard. Its soil is limestone schistose.

Plan Loggier

From Sion to Vetroz

Brûlefer

Brûlefer

Location: Sion
Size: 4 hectares
Grape varietal: Fendant, Petite Arvine, Muscat, Malvoisie, Syrah, Humagne Rouge
Estate: Bonvin 1858
Profile:
Fed on schistose soil with vertiginous walls under the blazing sun, wines produced there can be tasted at Guérite Brûlefer in the heart of the vineyard next to the Clavau canal.

Clos du Château

Location: Sion
Size: 10 hectares
Grape varietal: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Ancellotta
Estate: Bonvin 1858
Profile
: Like a hanging garden, the Clos du Château dominates the Rhone valley. Its soil is dry, its climate well aired and meridional. Wines from this domain can be tasted in the ‘Mazot’ and on its sunny terrace.

Clos du Château
Diolly

Diolly

Location: Sion
Size: 2.5 hectares
Grape varietal: Syrah, Humagne Rouge, Cornalin, Pinot Noir, Fendant, Johannisberg, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Malvoisie, Muscat, Humagne Blanche, Ermitage, Petite Arvine, Amigne
Estate: Bonvin 1858
Profile
: The vineyard overlooks the Rhone valley. It is very favourably exposed to the sun as it is situated on the right side of the Rhone on the hill above Savièse. The first Syrah vines in the Valais were planted on this domain in 1920.

Château Conthey

Location: Conthey
Size: 0.6 hectares
Grape varietal: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Estate
: Bonvin 1858
Profile: In the Conthey area, Château Conthey is located on a plot overlooking Conthey. In bygone days it controlled the entry to Sion from the west.

Bassin / Vétroz

Location: Coteau de Vétroz
Size: 1 hectare
Grape varietal: Amigne, Petite Arvine
Estate
: Bonvin 1858
Profile: This domain is situated on the best side of Vétroz. These vines situated on a south facing slope benefit from a maximum amount of sunshine.

Botza / Vétroz

Location: Plaine du Rhône
Size: 2.5 hectares
Grape varietal: Pinot Noir, Gamay
Estate
: Bonvin 1858
Profile: This domain has an alluvium, sandy and gritty soil, which is easy to work with. It is the only domain of the Bonvin 1858 company where automated work is used.

From Chamoson to Fully

Ravanay

Location: Chamoson
Size: 5 hectares
Grape varietal: Sylvaner (Johannisberg)
Estate
: Rouvinez
Profile: This domain is situated on the evacuation cone in Chamoson, half way between Sion and Martigny. Its geological make-up is characterized by an abundance of limestone elements, with a chaotic structure comprising rough sand, silt, gravel and stones, sometimes mixed with clay.

Ravanay
Clos de Montibeux

Clos de Montibeux

Location: Chamoson-Leytron
Size
: 14 hectares
Grape varietal: Cornalin
Estate: Rouvinez
Profile
: This domain is located on the slopes of the alluvium cone of Chamoson-Leytron. Its soil is deep, silty, well-drained and airy.

Ardevaz

Location: Coteau de Leytron
Size
: 4 hectares
Grape varietal: Humagne Rouge
Estate: Rouvinez
Profile: The vineyard is tucked in just under the Ardève mountain, a massive block of stone which accumulates heat, ideal for the late maturation of Humagne Rouge.

Ardevaz
La Leyraz

La Leyraz

Location: Commune de Saxon
Size
: 2.2 hectares
Grape varietal: Heida (Savagnin Blanc, Païen)
Estate: Rouvinez
Profile: Profile: Located on the left bank of the Rhone, the Domaine is ideal for the Savagnin grape variety which, in Valais, is used to produce a wine called Païen in French and Heida in German. This variation which is also used to produce the famous Vin Jaune du Jura has been present in the Valais from time immemorial.

Les Seilles

Location: Fully
Size
: 1.8 hectares
Grape varietal: Petite Arvine
Estate: Rouvinez
Profile: The plot of land consisting of walls made from pieces of gneiss reflects the heat of the sun on a very steep slope. The dry climate, warm and with little wind, and the warm and rocky soil of the Domaine are especially suited for the Petite Arvine which needs the best locations.

Les Seilles