Villa Dria

The Romans settled in Gascony nearly 2000 years ago. They founded Eauze, known then as Elusa, capital of the Novempopulanie, the flourishing town of the Proconsuls of Rome. On the surrounding hills large agricultural estates called “Villas” prospered where the first vines were cultivated. As a tribute to this noble past, the vineyard is named Villa Dria. With a sense of respect for the land and for the equilibrium of the plant, Jean-Pierre Drieux has been growing vines for 20 years in an alternative, sustainable way. The utilisation of organic fertilizers and plant extracts, and the use of geo-biology for the harmonisation of the energy of each plot, have enabled Jean-Pierre to stimulate the natural defences of the vines, and to boost microbial activity in the soil. He has also been able to greatly reduce the amount of conventional chemicals employed, and thus preserve the biodiversity of his land and enhance its expression. The 67 hectare vineyard is composed mainly of the iconic white grape varieties of Gascony: Colombard, Gros Manseng, Ugni Blanc and Petit Manseng plus Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The reds, less well known, are made with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.