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Dawn over Villemontais

Jean-Pierre Bénétière
The Bénétières are an old Villemontais family running a small domaine of 4.2 hectares of vines. The likeable and chatty Jean-Pierre, who is a MOF (a Meilleur Ouvrier de France, the vinous equivalent would be a Master of Wine) established a workshop for the production of wicker baskets in the village in 1989. However, he gave up the workshop in 1994 when he was obliged to take over the running of the family vineyard from his father. Until 2007, when he gave up the vines, there were three wines produced here; about 3,000 bottles a year of rosé and two reds, a fruité ‘Tradition’ and the more corsé ‘Vieilles Vignes’.

Jean-Pierre Bénétière
Place de la Maire
Villemontais
T/F: + 33 4 77 63 18 29
Benetiere-jp@orange.fr



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