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The Frenchman

"heat builds structure and light builds colour"

Winegrower Luc Desbonnets has over 30 years experience in wine growing and wine making since his debut in France in 1989. After study at Massey University, Luc travelled to France staying 7 years to learn the culture and complete another degree in winemaking and viticulture in the Medoc appellation area of Bordeaux. After which he managed large eastern European productions in Hungary and Moldova.

In developing Frenchmans Hill Estate, Luc steadfastly sticks to the techniques and protocols learnt whilst working in the 'grand cru' appellations of Bordeaux and Burgundy. He believes with the right sites and an uncompromising approach toward yields, vine and soil management, NZ matches it with many of the world's greatest wines.

The impoverished sandy/gravelly clays of Waiheke are ideal viticultural soils to work with and express and are superbly suited to the production of truly cellar-worthy 'complex' reds that will evolve favourably overtime. All Frenchmans Hill Estate wines are grown and made by Luc from vineyards that he established in 2006. Perfectly matching grape varieties to various micro sites to achieve what he describes as "unique earth expressions"

We truly believe authentic artisan product comes from real SOUL. This comes from our respect for tradition, focus on healthy vines, land, environment and ultimately the wine. We guarantee you will experience this with every sip.