Fine wine starts out in the vineyard, so we make sure to produce healthy, ripe grapes!
The cooperative's vineyard policy consists of coordinating practices in order to make the sorts of wines that consumers are looking for.
This policy defines production objectives in keeping with sustainable development and respect for the environment. We also make several different cuvées from separate plots according to precise specifications and with a particular style of wine in mind.
In order to attain their goals, the Cave de Lugon has made sure to acquire the necessary technical means.
These include computerised traceability of each vineyard plot in a detailed data base, which makes for close management.
PRESENTATION AND BACKGROUND
Our cooperative cellar was founded in the wake of a dramatic wine industry crisis in the 1930s. This led winegrowers in the Lugon region to join forces in 1937 to produce and market their own wines.
They created a cooperative cellar on the understanding that any profits would be distributed to members. In the beginning, there were 85 members producing 6,282 hectolitres of white wine and 2,481 hectolitres of red wine.
Today, 180 winegrowers produce 60,000 hectolitres of red and rosé wine in five appellations: Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur, Bordeaux Rosé, Fronsac and Canon Fronsac.
In 1937, vineyards belonging to cooperative members were planted primarily with white wine varieties (Merlot Blanc, Ugni Blanc and Colombard), whereas red wine varieties are grown today: 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet (Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc).
The wines reflect our soil, our climate, and the efforts of skilled and devoted workers. Cooperative members own some 950 hectares of vines in twenty communes stretching from the banks of the Dordogne to the hills overlooking the river.
The vineyards of the Union des Producteurs de Lugon feature quite varied terroirs: silty soil near the river, sandy soil to the west, and clay-limestone soil on the plateaux and hillsides.
The goal of our cooperative cellar is to bring together men and women who own and cultivate local vineyards to produce a wide range of wines adapted to consumer demands.
Création de la cave par 85 membres fondateurs produisant 6282 hl de vin blanc et 2481 hl de vin rouge.
La cave produit de l'AOC Bordeaux Rouge.
Premières cuves en inox.
Construction du cuvier de 33 000hl.
Contruction de la station de traitement des effluents.
Utilisation des nouvelles méthodes analytiques permettant de rémunérer les apports de raisins au plus près de la qualité.
Amélioration de l'outil de réception et de sélection des vendanges.
Toutes les cuves sont équipées de thermo-régulation.
Installation d'un pressoir pneumatique, la production de Bordeaux blanc est relancée, production également de Crémant.
Le vignoble de la cave de Lugon se situe sur 24 communes, regroupe 850 Ha et 138 adhérents