Château les Donats - AOP Bergerac
Château Les Donats is a family estate situated on the slopes of the Dordogne Valley with 15 ha (37 acres) of vineyards. It is driven by a never-ending quest for quality, traditions and terroir. Since 2011 Olivier Verhelst has managed the vineyard and winemaking. This young winemaker graduated as an enologist from the University of Bordeaux in 2010. After his studies he worked for several renowned wine consultants like Michel Rolland and Stéphanie Derenoncourt in France, USA, Argentina and India.
The vineyard is divided into different plots according to the topography, geomorphology and meteorological conditions so as to obtain the best combination between vineyard and environment. Different grape varieties are thus used: Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle.
All their wines are vinified and aged in their cellar in St. Nexans. The vinification depends on the quality of the grapes and on the type of wine, combining traditional techniques with modern technology.