Château La Dournie has been in the same family form some six generations and was founded in 1870. It covers some 30 hectares in the north of Saint Chinian on light soils composed mainly of decayed schists.
All varieties normally associated with Saint Chinian are planted here with one or two Bordelais interlopers which are used for their very attractive vin de Pays.
The Society has bought La Dournie in the past when as with so many fine estates, it came under the umbrella of Val d'Orbieu, a co-operative-based group and at one time a leading force in the Languedoc revival. Much has happened since with the production now based on more sustainable farming practices and quality very much on the up.