To introduce ourselves, we are an English couple who met in London in the 1990s. Deborah (born in Kent) was then working as a lawyer and Peter (from Manchester) as a finance director. We eventually left London in September 2002 with a dream to own a small vineyard in France.

Pasted GraphicBefore settling in France, we spent 18 months in New Zealand where we both completed a diploma in viticulture and winemaking at Tairawhiti Polytechnic, Gisborne, on the North Island. Work experience covered two vintages, including a gruelling three-month spell on the night shift at Sacred Hill Wines in Hawke’s Bay for Peter.
Returning to Europe in 2004, we spent the 2004 vintage in Bordeaux. But with our hearts set on the south of France, we moved to the Languedoc at the end of that year.

After a search of nearly two years, in July 2006 we bought our vines from Pierre Quinonero of Domaine de la Garance (with Pierre retaining the remainder of his domain).

At the same time, we bought a traditional “maison vigneronne” (winemaker’s house) in Caux, about 1km from the vineyard, and were able to take the 2006 harvest to produce the first wine of our own domain, Mas Gabriel.

© 2011 Mas Gabriel organic French wine, Languedoc, south of France