A real passion for wine and a profound attachment to the land were reasons enough for the youthful Benjamin Delobel to start his own vineyard.
In his early thirties and hailing from the Pas de Calais in northern France, he could easily have bought an established vineyard but chose instead to start his own with a wine cellar and his very own range of organic wines.
When it came to finding the ideal region, the Loire Valley was a natural choice since it took him nearer to his place of birth.
And if Benjamin chose Ouchamps, a village in the Loir et Cher nesting between the châteaux of Chambord and Chenonceau, it was for several irresistible reasons.
First of all, a passion for the white Sauvignon grape on account of its lively and aromatic qualities, which Benjamin first discovered a long way from home in California, Australia and New Zealand.
Secondly, the strong appeal of the Oisly terroir producing the very expressive Sauvignons he so loves. Since 2014 on his 12-hectare vineyard (85% of which is planted with Sauvignon Blanc), the “northerner” has been producing wines under two different names, AOC Touraine and AOC Touraine-Oisly. The rest of his estate comprises two hectares of Gamay and Pineau d’Aunis, two fruity red grape varieties.
Thirdly, the sheer attraction of the place: an 18th century farmhouse that once served as a vineyard and is full of history. That’s pre-destiny for you !
Of course the house had to be restored and a new building erected where the original wine presses had once stood. The new cellar thus came into being, a perfect mix of old and new with its exposed stonework and arched doorway neatly reflecting the great age of some of the estate’s vines. Indeed, a third of them are over 50 years old.
So what is Benjamin’s goal in this singled-handed winegrowing venture? Simply to have you share his love of wine, from the countless hours spent working outside on the vines up to the marketing of the bottles.