Our Story

Château Faîteau is an artisan wine making family business established in 1920.

We are located in the village of La Livinière, in the Minervois region, at the foothills of the Montagne Noire (Black Mountain) where the land benefits from mostly sunny weather and an exceptional Terroir.

After an experience as winery manager in the Limoux valley, and  having learned through the years his family's "savoir faire", Jean-Michel Arnaud rehabilitated an old winery in 2000, a winery previously owned by his parents .

The cultivated surface then covered 16 hectares (39.5 acres). Land purchases, plantings and some tenant farming increased the cultivated surface to 28 hectares (69.2 acres) until 2017.

His dad, Yves, retired in 2007 and his mom, Ginette did the same in 2009. They remain a valuable source of experience and know how.

In 2014, Stéphanie, Jean-Michel's wife, joined the business.

Today, Château Faîteau is back to its original land size at 16 hectares (39.5 acres), a decision made in order to work the grapevines with utter respect for mother nature and human beings.

Most of the harvest is done by hand, respecting traditions and respecting the quality of the grapes.

Bottling is done on site. The wine is then aged in bottles for a few months before arriving to your table.

Our philosophy consists of Sharing our Passion, in order to give you with each bottle the Reflection of Nature and the Essence of our Terroir.

  

 

The process of defining the rules and regulations of the first area "appellation" of the Languedoc region began in 1987 thanks to a handful of wine makers, and ended with its recognition in February of 1999.

The "Cru La Livinière" is born.

The first Roman settlers grew grapevines in the area, and in 1069, we can find mention of a village by the name of "Livineira" (place planted with grapevines).

What happens thereafter confirms the exceptional potential of the Terroir of La Livinière, with its different layers of soil.


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