The Collovray & Terrier families

Domaine d’Altugnac

Both hailing from Burgundy, childhood friends Christian Collovray and Jean-Luc Terrier have always shared a love of wine and vines. This bond became even closer when they married two sisters, Brigitte and Florence who are also from a family of winegrowers.

The four of them dreamed of creating an estate in a new region and this dream was realised when they arrived in the beautiful Haute Vallée de l’Aude in Languedoc. Due to altitude and limestone soils of the region, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the areas most planted grapes.

Replanting the then 45 hectares of vineyard in 1997, today the Altugnac estate in the Limoux appellation of Haute-Vallée de l’Aude now amounts to 110 hectares.

The vines are located on terroirs with an altitude of between 200 and 600 meters, which allows the summer heat to be tempered. This zone of climatic confluence enjoys both optimum sunshine due to the Mediterranean influence, cool nights due to the proximity of the Pyrenees, good ventilation generated by the Tramontana and a balanced rainfall thanks to the contributions ocean entrances.

In terms of grape varieties, chardonnay, mauzac and sauvignon dominate for the whites while pinot, merlot, cabernet franc and syrah share the kingdom of reds..

The business is still today very much a family affair with six members of the Collovray & Terrier families working within the company to form a solid foundation.

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