Valençay’s vineyards spread over 2400 hectares, but only 135 ha are under production. In the winter there often is a thick, misty fog in the early morning, with freezing temperatures. When the sun comes through later in the day, it combines with the heat released from the stones to create pleasant conditions for work. Jean-François Roy has been making wines from this estate since 1989. He now has 28 hectares of vineyards: 10 ha in Touraine (near the village of Meusnes ) and 18 ha in Valençay (near La Vernelle and Lye). Some vineyards, especially in Valençay, present a high density of large rocks made of silex (“pierre à fusil”), typical of the area. Jean-François works with his wife and has a permanent staff of three workers. The total production is around 8,000 cases.

Farming practices: The domaine is certified Terra Vitis since 2012. No herbicide is used, and pesticide is only used once a year. 

Jean-François Roy

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