Although the winery is built on Roman ruins the true history of Commanderie de Preissan starts in 1995. It was then that Sophie Gely took over the vineyards and wine making from her parents, who had until then been selling off grapes in bulk to supermarkets. Taking back the vineyards from years of abuse has taken time but Sophie has returned the winery and the vineyards to sensible agriculture and wine production.
I think it was the first time that I stepped out of a car and into Sophie’s vineyards that I truly understood what “garrigue” really is. It was no wonder that she named her 100% Grenache wines after this wild tangle of flowers and herbs, nor that a wine called “The Soul of Garrigue” should come from there.