Meet the winegrowers
Meet Normandy winegrowers
The grape varieties
Historians attest to the presence of a vineyard in Normandy as early as the 7th century.
Destroyed at the end of the 19th century, it rose from its ashes thanks to a few pioneers at the very end of the 20th century. Today, the Vignerons de Normandie association's mission is to launch a real reconstruction project.
But how can we define Norman wine(s)?
The answer lies in the multiple facets of the territory.
In Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives (Calvados), the Norman pioneer, Gérard Samson, already offers very high quality wines based on Pinot noir, Auxerrois or Pinot gris. Trials are also carried out with Chardonnay (Seino-Marine coast), Chenin, Pinot gris and Pinot meunier (Seine and Eure hillsides) or in Ste Marguerite sur mer and Sotteville sur mer (Seine-Maritime).
Other adventurers are embarking on new hybrid grape varieties such as Sauvignac, Floreal or Solaris, particularly in Bourg-Achard (Eure).
It is the experiments carried out in the coming decades that will make it possible to promote our terroirs. Convinced that our region conceals numerous geological and climatic gems, we have already launched a vast mapping project (soils, climates, technical data), with the aim of characterizing this famous Norman wine.
these are the first two centuries. »