Situated in the heart of the Châteaux of the Loire between Chenonceaux and Chambord, 50 kilometres to the east of Tours on the left bank of the Cher. Domaine Joël Delaunay covers an area of 27 hectares in AOC Touraine, in the commune of Pouillé.

HISTORY

The property has passed from father to son for 5 generations.

In 1965, Joël Delaunay took over the business, and the domaine took the name by which it is still known today. He began selling wine bottled on the premises in 1970, starting with private sales, and moving into export in 1980.

During the past 40 years, the domaine has never stopped expanding. 
Planting of vines, construction of cellar and showroom, and development of a winery equipped with the latest technology.

After completing his oenology studies in the Bordeaux region, Thierry Delaunay returned to the domaine and joined the business in 1998.
In 2004 he succeeded his father Joël, from whom he had inherited a wealth of knowledge and winemaking skills. Today he continues the family tradition, furthering the development of this beautiful property on the banks of the Cher.

THE VINEYARDS

The diversity of soils - flint, clay and stones - permit the cultivation of a number of different red and white grape varieties, and the production of a range of wines of great character.

Sauvignon blanc
Chardonnay
Arbois
Pineau d’Aunis
Gamay
Cabernet Franc
Côt or Malbec

The clay and flint soils, or ‘perruches’ bring a full expression of the terroir to our red wines, and the less stony ‘bournais’ soils allow the white and rosé wines to express all of their finesse.

Our vineyards are subject to a gentle, temperate climate with maritime influences, allowing our grapes to ripen to full maturity.

PHILOSOPHY

Our approach is to cultivate our vineyards with the greatest respect for the terroir of the region.

Rigorous pruning in winter, ground cover of certain parcels to suppress weeds, de-budding of vines in June and careful canopy management in July all contribute to obtaining high quality grapes and the production of fruity, well-balanced wines.

The property has been certified for sustainable agriculture since 2006, thereby contributing to the conservation of our environment in the spirit of ‘enduring viticulture’.
Any interventions are made after daily, close observation of the vineyards and consideration of factors such as temperature, rainfall and risk of disease.

In the winery, the alliance of modern technology with the patient observation of tradition results in the production of enjoyable wines.
The winemaker’s passion, and the wealth of knowledge that goes into their production, make the wines of Domaine Joël Delaunay as well known in France as they are across many countries of the world.

 

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