Petite Nature

Location: Quintenas, Ardèche, Northern Rhone
Founded: 2019
Size: 1.5 hectares
Varieties: Syrah, Grenache, Gamay, Viognier
Viticulture: Biodynamic
Vinification: Some skin contact for the whites, 50 to 100% whole cluster for the reds. Aging takes place in fiberglass tanks or very old 600L barrels.

Pauline Maziou (Paulette to her friends) gave up her career in the city to come back home to farm in the Ardèche. After internships with Paul Delobre at La Ferme des Sept Lunes and with Daniel Sage, she began with just a little over half a hectare nearby, and now works with about triple that amount. She has also just recently planted a small vineyard on her own property. Her old tractor (“Tintin”) is just about the only mechanical tool she uses. Most of the work is done by hand following biodynamic practices; no pesticides or herbicides are ever used.  Her winery is about the size of a two-car garage, and every available space is taken up with fiberglass tanks, ancient wooden barrels, pallets of empty bottles, labeling equipment and tools – tout ce qu’il faut – or everything one might need. The vinification is straightforward. Nothing is added and nothing is taken away. Her wines have a huge cult following in France despite her tiny production. Judging by the crowd around her table at the Vignerons de L’Irréel tasting in Montpellier in January 2023, we are very lucky to be able to import Paulette’s wines to the U.S.!