Since Greek merchants first introduced the cultivation of vines to the area more than 2,000 years ago, the Corbières region in Languedoc, south of France, has been intrinsically linked with wine growers and the making of wine. Recognizing the ideal grape growing conditions in Corbières, in the 12th Century, the monks of the Cistercian Order undertook the task of developing viniculture in the region. These monks were renowned as highly skilled wine growers. They worked wonders, and as a result, their agricultural domains became very prosperous. One of these domains was our Caraguilhes.
From the beginning, Caraguilhes covered an area of some 600 unbroken hectares. Remarkably, over the course of history, the domain of Caraguilhes has remained intact. Centuries later, in 1958, Lionel Faivre, an established wine grower in Algeria, took over Caraguilhes with a vision to make authentic wine with organic grapes. An environmentalist, Lionel pioneered natural farming and wine-making practices by employing sustainable organic techniques. His refusal to use chemical fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides was almost unheard of at the time. Nearly thirty years later, he completed the final transformation of Caraguilhes into full organic production. By 1998, Lionel, growing old, decided he could not leave the daunting task of caring for the vast Caraguilhes domain to his children and regretfully made the decision to sell the vineyard.
He met Pierre Gabison and an associate and believed that their partnership could succeed in carrying on the proud tradition of high quality organic wine-making he started 50 years earlier.
In 2005, Pierre Gabison took over sole ownership of the business. With a love for wine and a genuine devotion for Caraguilhes and the region, Pierre is currently committing a renewed passion and the essential resources to the vineyard and to the Château. Pierre’s aim is to produce uncompromising quality wine from healthy vines which offer a natural expression of the domain’s unique terroir.