Domaine de Nizas is located on the outskirts of the village of Nizas near Pézenas, in the heart of the historic Languedoc region in the south of France. The Languedoc has been a wine making region since the 5th Century BC, and is forged by its turbulent past, rugged landscape and Mediterranean flavors.
History and winemaking philosophy
Domaine de Nizas seeks to craft high-quality artisan wines that reveal the outstanding terrior of Pezenas, where the vines are grown, as well as its regional mediterranean heritage.
The domain also strives to respect the enviorment through all vineyard and winemaking practices. Its wines are intended to be enjoyed with food and are balanced, elegant and show a long finish.
In his worldwide quest for quality started in 1970, John Goelet, who is a direct descendent of the Guestier wine merchant family in Bordeaux, came to the Languedoc in 1998 to produce wines that exemplify regionality and terroir. With Bernard Portet, founding winemaker of Clos Du Val in the Napa Valley, they identified the exceptional terroir of Pézenas as the ideal site to craft high-quality artisan wines revealing the Mediterranean in aromas and taste.
Domaine de Nizas was purchased in 1998 and an ambitious restructuration plan was started to achieve the rebirth of the Estate.
Bernard Meunier has been the vineyard manager and winemaker since the begining of the Domaine de Nizas project in 1998 and has an intimate knowledge of the terroir resulting in distinctive, elegant and regionally-expressive wines. He started his wine career in 1973 and has a broad experience in making Mediterranean wines acquired in Provence, Rhône and Languedoc.
Domaine de Nizas produces typically Mediterranean wines in the AOC Coteaux du Languedoc frame. The Domaine as well takes profit of the flexibility enabled by the Vin de Pays category to experiment and design new profiles of wines.
Size: 156 acres – 78 ha (96 in production – 48ha)
Average Age of Vines: 20 years – We work with a mosaic of vines ranging from 60 years old twisted carignans to the latest clones (such as Syrah clone 470, grafted onto a Riparia root stock).
Viticulture: Domaine de Nizas practices sustainable agriculture by:
▪ Favoring the biological life of the soils by using ploughing and grass rather than herbicides
▪ Minimally using selective fungicides and insecticides to conserve natural predators of vine parasites
▪ Tracing each bottle of wine to a specific vineyard plot in order to more effectively control quality and segment any bottle variances to its origin in the vineyard
Domaine de Nizas has been certified by the Bureau Veritas, an independent government bureau, which strives to protect the health of consumers and respect the environment. Domaine de Nizas obtained its sustainable agriculture certification in 2003 as a result of pioneering efforts to farm sustainably since our inception in 1998.
Domaine de Nizas operates by these standards and ensures that:
⇒ Products used to treat the vines will not end up in natural water sources, kill or harm inoffensive species (including ladybirds), or end up in the resulting wines
⇒ Agricultural practices respect the natural landscape; Domaine de Nizas employs cover crops and grows grass between the vines
⇒ Winery equipment is certified for use in food processing, e.g. non-toxic paint and stainless steel tanks
Domaine de Nizas vines are planted in high density (2300 plants /acre) and produce low yield ( 2-3 tons / acre). This approach enables the Domaine to more fully express the terroir and increase the longevity of its vines.
Our vineyards are planted on excellent wine growing soils and also benefit from limestone subsoil that provides excellent drainage while retaining freshness and humidity at deep root level, which means that the vines do not suffer from drought and the grapes are able to ripen without water stress.