Hello, nice to meet you! I’m Lisanne, I grew up in the Netherlands and worked for many years in the restaurant business as a sommelier. In March 2017, I decided to follow my dream of making my own wine, so I moved to the Touraine region in the Loire with my (at that time) little Vizsla dog Boaz.
That summer I started my winemaking studies in Amboise. Going back to school, sitting on a chair for 8 hours, listening to French people speaking French was a major challenge! Many times I wondered what I had gotten myself into. Should I move back to Belgium and go back to what I was doing before?
But learning about what I am passionate about and walking away with a diploma after a year of studying made me feel like the happiest person ever.
I made a small quantity of wine in 2016 and 2017, but after finishing my studies I started a négoce and I found a troglodyte cave in Noizay to make the wine.
The search for organic grapes is not easy these days due to the climate change, the increasing threat and damage of spring frosts, and various diseases that attack the vines. But thanks to great winemakers who sold me some of their beautiful grapes, I made 6 wines in 2018! All the grapes are (hand) harvested by myself and I treat them as if they came from my own vineyard.
The next dream, that will hopefully soon become a reality, is: finding my own vineyard paradise!
All my wines are ‘natural’, which means that the grapes are organically or biodynamically grown. The wines live their life and it’s my job to guide them in the right direction.
In the cellar there are no interventions. The wine is made with indigenous yeast and without additives, apart from a very little dose of sulphur before bottling- if the wine requires it- to keep it stable when it travels the world.
In addition to this great project, I also make wine in South Australia. In 2017 and 2018 I went to Australia to work with some natural winemaker friends in the Adelaide Hills. This was such a great and enriching experience that I decided to set up a side winemaking project. I’m very lucky to have this opportunity and I’m thankful to have so many inspiring people around me. The wines that I made there in February 2019 are now for sale in Australia.
Please feel welcome to contact me if you would like to visit!