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Producer portrait: Elian da Ros

Elian Da Ros is the most original, congenial representative of this delicious designation in France’s southwest.

Published on October 20, 2020

An overview of the estate

  • Elian da Ros is one of the few independent winemakers in the Côtes­-du­-Marmandais appellation in the south-west of France, an appellation that was once 95% a cooperative.
  • Da Ros’ vines are biodynamic, with no added chemicals, and he has a “natural” approach to winemaking: he relies on natural yeast fermentation and adds a very moderate amount of sulphur during bottling.
  • Located south-east of Bordeaux, the vineyard is planted with Bordeaux’s main grape varieties (Cabernet, Merlot, Sauvignon, Sémillon), and also includes some Gamay, Fer­Servadou, Syrah and Abouriou—the latter an indigenous grape that is generous both in colour and taste.
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Now leading the family business—which began when they immigrated from Italy—Elian Da Ros is charming the whole world over with his very unique wines. 

A family affair

Elian da Ros’ grandparents, originally from Italy’s Dolomites, arrived in France in 1922. During the early years, his grandmother ran a two-hectare vineyard on which she planted grapevines to produce sweet whites. In the late 70s, Elian’s father planted 7.5 hectares of red grapes, which marked the naissance of the current estate, which Elian took over in 1998.

Learning the ropes

“I wanted to be a farmer but my parents didn’t approve, so I thought about becoming an agricultural engineer. And they agreed to that,”  explains Elian during at interview for French magazine Le Rouge et le Blanc. After studying viticulture and oenology, from 1992 to 1997 he worked at Zind­Humbrecht, where father and son duo Léonard and Olivier, showed him the ropes.

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