Roots in the Lot Valley, roots in Cheshire.
10 years ago, my father, Eugene Lismonde sold his successful business at the age of 60 and fulfilled a lifelong dream by becoming a wine producer, cajoling his entire family to join him in his adventure.
He chose a location in the Lot in South West France, home to many generations of my mother’s family. Having bought the tumbledown, bramble-choked ruins of an ancient walled bastide with only its 13th century tower still standing, he allotted to my mother the task of restoring it and creating guest houses, while he set about putting down his roots, quite literally, by planting our vineyard.
Our vision was not just to make wine for our own personal pleasure but to create a high-quality, authentic and organic wine, allowing Mother Nature’s bounty free rein without recourse to those nasty old manmade herbicides and pesticides!
As my father says: ‘Our greatest satisfaction has been to produce award winning wine straight from our first three vintages, recognized by many medals and appreciated by our customers, right from the first crop. We felt happy that we got this most important aspect of our adventure just right.’
With more than a little help from Mother Nature, of course.
I then met an Englishman and moved to Cheshire with my parents’ approval and, needless to say, a few bottles of wine secreted in my luggage!
After touring the UK with Oz Clarke, Ollie Smith and Tim Atkin, my husband and I felt it was time to put down our own roots this time and now sell our wines online from our own UK stock. We are now sharing our lives between two small villages, with our vines in Belfort du Quercy and our home in Over Alderley, Cheshire.
Muriel Lismonde, daughter, winemaker.