In the 1970s, Jean Orliac, a professor of Agriculture at the University of Montpelier and avid mountain climber, came to the Val de Montferrand to scale the limestone cliffs surround the valley. There, he discovered abandoned parcels of scree-covered slopes and fallow land and immediately saw the potential. The coastal influence from the nearby Mediterranean provides warmer, moderated weather and moisture, while the Cevennes Mountain range to the north delivers a daily flow of cool, dry air. This diurnal shift allows the fruit to reach full ripeness and adds both both power and finesse to the finished wine.
With the help of his wife, Marie-Thérese, they cleared the land of garrigue and planted 10 acres of vines. While the vineyard was taking root, they built a home and a cellar, and 15 years later, Jean released his first vintage in 1990.
DOMAINE de l'HORTUS GRAND CUVEE ROUGE
BERGERIE de l'HORTUS CLASSIQUE ROUGE
LE LOUP DANS LE BERGERIE ROUGE
LOUP Y ES-TU? BLANC
Today, the estate is managed by their four children - Yves, Martin, Francois and Marie. The domaine employs lutte raisonee - no chemical additives are used in the vineyards, unless there is a threat of losing an entire vintage. The winery produces three distinct ranges of wines: Le Loup dans la Bergérie, Bergerie de L'Hortus, and the Domaine de l'Hortus Grande Cuvées.