Domaine De Villemajou lies in the heart of ancient Corbières, one of the two oldest and most important appellations of Languedoc. It is to Corbières that archeologists and historians trace some of the earliest evidence of the vine in France. The Phoenicians and ancient Greeks were drawn to the beauty of Corbières, which had long been renowned for its captivating scenery, and began colonizing this dramatic sweep of Mediterranean coastline in the fifth century BC. Greek colonists planted the first vines in Corbières, making this enchanted land a cradle of French viticulture for over 2,500 years.
Georges Bertrand, who was best known as one of the Languedoc’s earliest 20th century visionaries, began the family domain of Villemajou. He sought to return the once glorious Languedoc to its former status as France’s premier wine region, a status it enjoyed before phylloxera, and was well on his way to accomplishing his goal when he died prematurely in 1987. Fortunately for the Languedoc, Domaine De Villemajou, and the serious wine consumer, Georges left the world of wine a legacy in his very talented son, Gérard, who carries on his father’s vision.
Today, Gérard Bertrand is known as one of France’s most influential winemakers. He makes his home at Domaine De Villemajou, where he transforms the traditional red Languedoc varietals: Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre into powerful, lush wines that speak of old vines, low yields and a deft hand. In addition to the highly acclaimed Domaine De Villemajou, Gérard Bertrand produces other award winning wines from single vineyard sites in nearby Minervois. All of Bertrand’s estate wines are produced using sustainable agricultural methods and are hand harvested.