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.
My other dream became reality in 2021. Finding my own vineyard paradise!
Together with my partner Edouard we own 4 hectares of vineyards in Jujurieux in the Bugey region. You can find more info about our domaine called Domaine des Sonnettes here:
All the Sonshine wines are now produced in our new place in the Bugey. They 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.
Please feel welcome to contact me if you would like to visit!