In 1840 a German-Swiss entrepreneur named Fritz Stehelin arrived in the Rhône Valley, settled at Bedarrides and set about establishing a wine domaine.
As his descendants put down ever deeper roots in the area they have also grown a few branches and there are now several growers in the Rhône descended from Fritz. One of them is Bertrand Stehelin.
Named as 'one of the villages up and coming young Turks' by Robert Parker, he makes wine from vines in Gigondas and Sablet, while also working alongside his sister to help father Fréderic and mother Nicole with the winemaking at the much larger family estate of Domaine Pallière & Pied-Gu.
It is in the family cellars that Bertrand makes his own wines. His vineyard holdings are 3 hectares in Gigondas and 1.3 in Sablet with a couple of wines classified as IGP, and he also makes wine from the family's single hectare of Châteauneuf-du-Pape which is bottled under his name. He is certainly a name to watch.