Domaine Bernard Gripa

The village of Mauves is central to Saint-Joseph and it is here that many of the best producers have their cellars. Fabrice Gripa, with vines in Saint-Péray as well as Saint-Joseph, is certainly one of them, working in the village alongside other eminent residents of the town such as Gonon, Chave and Coursodon. Talented Fabrice, the current generation to continue the family's heritage, returned home after some time spent in Australia's Margaret River, and he works alongside his father.

They own 16 hectares of vines in two appellations - 12.5 hectares in Saint-Joseph and 3.5 in Saint-Péray - making four bottlings of the former, two red and two white, and two of the latter, both white.

In Saint-Joseph the top cuvée is Le Berceau, comprising a white made from 100% marsanne, and a wholly syrah red, both from their oldest vines and both long-lived. In Saint-Peray, a purely white-wine appellation, a similar hierarchy exists for the two wines made from marsanne and roussanne, with the top cuvée represented by Les Figuiers, again made with the fruit of the oldest vines. Oak vats of various sizes are used judiciously for maturing the wines.