The origins of the Château de Minière date back to the 15th century.
It began as a fortified farm. Later on, it became a manor house, before becoming a Château in the 16th century. The Château was extended with its final wing when Colonel du Soulier joined the Espinay family. This family also owned the Château d’Ussé, not far away on the other side of the Loire.
The French writer Charles Perrault was inspired by the Château, and had it in mind when writing “Sleeping Beauty”.
Since 2010, all the vines grown at the Château de Minière have been covered by the Organic Agriculture Ecocert. The estate is also certified HVE (High Environmental Value), a label covering environmental performance indicators. Renovations have been carried out from a sustainable, ecological perspective.
The Château de Minière vineyard covers 29 hectares, in the heart of the Bourgueil AOC region. Cabernet Franc is the dominant variety. It is a typical grape for this appellation, and grows on the gentle slopes of the estate, benefiting from the semi-continental climate of the Val de Loire. The Cabernet Franc produces light, refreshing wines, as well as more full-bodied types and vintages suitable for laying down.