Producer: ETIENNE GUIGAL
The story of the Guigal family is a young but remarkable one. Etienne Guigal began his career at a very young age, after being sent to Ampius to pick Apricots after his family could no longer care for him financially. This kind of agricultural labour suited Etienne better, than his previous roles working in the Mines. In the 1930’s, aged 14 years old, he secured a position working the vineyards of Vidal Fleury; at this point one of the largest wineries of the Rhone. After 15 years, he worked his way up to Cellar Master, before finally leaving to start his own Domaine. Having experience from vine to cellar stood him in good stead, and the production of E.Guigal blossomed. Etienne’s son Marcel became involved very early in the business when in 1961 he was forced to rush back from school because his father was suddenly struck with total blindness. The domaine has been in Marcel’s capable hands ever since. His unparalleled work ethic and dedication to quality have lifted the Guigal wines to the pinnacle of the wine world, and the Guigal domaine to its status as the leading winery from the Rhone Valley.