After leaving his career in education at the age of 40, Patrick Foglia longed for a life in the country. He went on to attend school for enology, later becoming a successful négociant. Not content to take any half measures, in 2007 this passionate and fastidious entrepreneur purchased an old 25-hectare estate in the Southern Rhône cru of Sablet and set about converting it to organic farming, for which he received certification in 2011. Beyond farming his limestone and clay vineyard in Sablet, Patrick sources grapes from trusted growers to make a Vin de Pays d’Orange, a Gigondas and a Châteauneuf du Pape.
His winemaking takes on the same unscripted zeal as all other aspects of his life. Unlike the norms set by his peers, 100 percent of his fruit is de-stemmed and none of the finished wines ever see any oak aging. By removing oak from the equation, Patrick’s wines offer accessibility, pleasure, succulence, depth, and aromatic intensity. They are a natural extension of their creator, offering a more approachable expression of this terroir, free of any fixed ideas or pretention, and full of class, grace and charm.