A wine making family
The Croce-Spinelli family continue a familial tradition of four generations winemakers. Today, Richard and Hélène Croce-Spinelli with their son Florent and their daughter Mathilde, manage the Château Saint-Esprit estate with passion.
1st generation - Philippe Pares
A successful music producer and passionate about wine, Philippe purchased a winery in Provence in the early 1950’s. As the pre-cursor to four generations winemakers in the Croce-Spinelli family, he also initiated a great interest for Arts and Culture, highly represented in the various events organised today at Château Saint-Esprit.
2nd generation - Gisèle & Daniel Crocé-Spinelli
In 1955, Daniel and Gisèle took over and developed the family winery focusing on fine wine production. They then developed the vineyard, and purchased a 25 hectare property with a unique Terroir near Draguignan.
Since then, Château Saint-Esprit vineyard remains, the essence of the Croce-Spinelli family wines.
Richard Crocé-Spinelli – Director and Head Winemaker
Hélène Crocé-Spinelli – Events and Wine Tourism Manager
Mathilde Crocé-Spinelli – Vineyard Manager
Alike her father, who taught her the basics of wine making, pushes her to follow his way. Thus, with an eye for innovation, Mathilde is now responsible of the vineyard and the winemaking.
Florent Crocé-Spinelli – Managing Director
The Dog - Lewis - Responsible for security
Lewis is the ultimate guard of the vineyard during the grapes maturing period. His job is to keep out the wild bores, who love our delicious grapes.
Of course, from time to time, he cannot resist the taste of the maturing of berries.
His favourite grape varietal: the Grenache.
Vine growing and wine making
Vine growing and respect of the soilThe Château Saint-Esprit Terroir is a pearl to be polished every day. In order to enhance its greatest expression in the wine, we respect his soil by using zero herbicides nor pesticides thus preserving its microorganisms.
The choice of the grape varietals is essential in the quality and identity of a wine. Following the same philosophy of enhancing the Terroir expression, Château Saint-Esprit vineyard has great Provencal influence with its main varietals. Thus, our vineyard is planted with Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Syrah and Vermentino.
Of a mature age, with some parcel of more than sixty years old, our vines are treated with respect and praised with all the love they deserve.
Wine making serving the Terroir expressionThe winemaking techniques chosen depend on the style of wine we are looking for, but this remains always at the service of the expression of the Terroir, true wine identity.
Richard and Mathilde Croce-Spinelli’s vision for winemaking holds a deep commitment to the Terroir and sustainable viticulture. Thus, they preserve and enhance the most typical characters and aromas contained in our grapes. The choice of aging is also made with this philosophy, and only a small proportion of new oak is used in aging our top-end wines. This aims to not affect a direct expression of a magnificent Terroir, bringing an extraordinary characteristic and identity to our wines.