In France today, one bottle out of 2 is produced by a cooperative. This goes to show how deep-rooted the cooperatives are in their local terroirs; they have developed their know-how over decades, a subtle mix of technical knowledge and experience inherited from the older generations over hundreds of years.
A cooperative cellar is like a natural extension to vine-growing. A wine cooperative is simply a winemaking cellar belonging to several wine-growers rather than just one. This is why the wines produced by a cooperative are labelled as being bottled on the estate.
The average area of a vineyard owned by a cooperative member is often very small and in fact if cooperatives did not exist, small traditional family businesses would no longer exist.
But cooperatives are not all the same, far from it! Their individual success and wealth depend on the number of members they have, each member contributing their technical knowledge and savvy, and the personality of each individual terroir is always scrupulously Read more »