Cave de la Rameau SA
What drives me ?
"Above all, I want to make terroir wines. Of course, man is one of the components of the terroir, but it is by far not the most important. I listen to nature and I try to make the best of what this land gives us. My father left me his vineyards, but also a vision of wine."
The Domaine de la Rameau
The Domaine de la Rameau was born under the impetus of my grandfather, Antoine Carruzzo, and my father, Antoine-Marie Carruzzo. For two generations, they acquired plots of land, optimised the surface area, and planted grape varieties in keeping with the different terroirs of Chamoson. This considerable work is an opportunity today.
Until my arrival in 2009, the estate concentrated on the production of grapes which were then sold to the local wine trade. When I took over the family estate, after a career in the medical field, I wanted to change the model a little by starting to make wine from some of the best plots we had. This is how the Cave de la Rameau was born in 2010, with a view to producing top-of-the-range wines that reflect the Valaisan terroirs.
The terroir of Chamoson
Situated on the alluvial cone of the Haut de Cry mountain, which rises to 2969 metres, Chamoson is the largest wine-growing commune in the Valais with a vineyard of 423 hectares at an altitude ranging from 450 metres at the level of the Rhône to 750 metres for the upper part of the slope. Vines have not always been cultivated in Chamoson, but the mechanisation of the vineyard has allowed a great expansion since the beginning of the 20th century.
It is on this particular terroir that we find clay mixed with limestone in Valais. As limestone is one of the essential components of great red wines, we benefit from an ideal soil for the expression of Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cornalin and Merlot. These soils also give a beautiful minerality to the Petite Arvine, the flagship variety of Valais wines.
The amphitheatre that the Ardèvaz and Haut de Cry mountains form around the village makes this place warm and dry. A remarkable 2,500 hours of sunshine per year, low rainfall, an almost total absence of fog, mild temperatures until late in the autumn and significant differences between day and night make Chamoson a favourable place to grow vines.