In 1840 Antoine Dupasquier established the family farm and this was taken over by his son Eugène.
In 1920 Eugène’s sons Antoine and Marie-Louis took over the farm, growing maize and owning a few rabbits, chickens and cows. They were already making a good quantity of wine, which they sold in barrel to be served by the jug in the ginguettes (lakeside bars) in the town of Aix-les-Bains.
The 4th generation then made a brave and slightly risky move.
In the early 1970s, Antoine’s son Noël and his wife Marie Jeanne, our parents, set up their own business and gave up mixed farming to devote themselves to their vineyards and to making wine.
To develop the estate, they took over many of the vineyards that their neighbours had abandoned in favour of livestock; they were innovative in the cellar introducing long, natural vinifications and maturation, introduced bottling on the estate and built up their stocks. Domaine Dupasquier was among the first estates in the locality to bottle their harvest and sell it direct. They set out to win over a national clientele participating in the first public wine fairs at the end of the 1970s.
At a time when everyone else sold all their wines locally in winter, they were doing something completely different.
These four generations have passed on to us their passion and their know-how as winegrowers and winemakers.
Today, the estate is run by the siblings, David and Véronique from the next generation. David joined the estate in the year 2000 after completing a BTS (diploma) in winegrowing and winemaking at the Lycée Viticole in Beaune. He looks after the vineyard work with our team of seasonal workers, as well as being responsible for the winemaking. Véronique studied business and gained a vocational diploma in agriculture, joining the estate in 2008 to look after the marketing and the management.
This complementary duo embraces the major challenges of the day, among them: producing wine in a more environmentally friendly way; maintaining local sales channels; finding new clients through wine tourism; and modernising production and communication tools for the benefit of future generations.
Co-owner : he manages the vineyards, supervises the work teams, plans the vine treatments and makes the wines.
As the patriarch, he supervises all the estate’s activities from its sizeable vineyard, and provides friendly advice based on his long experience.
Co-owner: she manages the organisation of the winery and the administrative work, and she provides a warm welcome to visitors.
Guillaume et Geoffray
Our vineyard workers are fit enough to hike up our slopes, they are meticulous enough to look after our vines from pruning to tying up the shoots, and they are brave enough to face any weather conditions.
From all walks of life and of all ages, they help us from January to July, with greater numbers joining us for the grape harvest. Our steep vineyards require a lot of manpower and without them it would be impossible to run the vineyard.