Ogier, established in 1859, is located in the heart of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the most famous appellation in the southern Rhône Valley. Its ambition is to draw the spotlight to this unique terroir, a gift of nature. In order to ensure viticulture excellence, Ogier has developed perfect knowledge and understanding of the appellation’s four soil types and adapted its wine making and maturing techniques in consequence.
The Ogier name was established in the region in 800 AD when “Ogier the Dane” came to fight with Charlemagne’s soldiers in the Basque country, stopped off in Massif Central on the way home and stayed. In the early 20th century, Châteauneuf du Pape was already known for its terroirs and wine, but the village also prospered by making the barrels in which wines were shipped on the Rhône River. The Ogier cellars in the heart of the village housed a renowned cooperage, showcasing additional craftmanship heritage.
The estate’s vineyards are spread throughout several small valleys, covered in its hallmark round pebbles and stones. By reflecting the sun’s heat, this stony soil enables grapes to retain exceptional levels of ripeness to produce large-bodied and complex wines that make Ogier one of the foremost houses in the Rhône Valley. The terroirs containing the best-balanced vineyard parcels are selected and the vines are closely monitored throughout the growing cycle. The terroir includes large siliceous pebble terraces with sandy red clay.
Antoine Ogier, a distant descendant of Ogier the Dane, established “Ogier” over in 1859. Winemaker, Edouard Guerin, honors the history and tradition of Ogier today.